Bipartisan House Members Call for Robust RFS
July 25, 2016 - Issue #218View Full Issue
A bipartisan group of representatives from the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, including Reps. Dave Loebsack, Steve King, Rod Blum and David Young, recently sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging the EPA to finalize blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that will expand the production of renewable fuels and offer consumers a choice at the pump. The letter highlighted the success, progress and growth of the renewable fuel industry since Congress adopted the RFS in 2005.
“We thank the lawmakers for their leadership to ensure EPA finalizes a strong RFS that gets the program back on track,” stated Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “As the House members wrote, ‘a final rule that falls short of the conventional biofuel cap will do nothing to assuage critics of the program, while missing an opportunity to refocus on addressing the pressing issues needed to fully realize the potential renewable fuels can make for our economy and energy security.’ We couldn’t agree more,” he said. “As we outlined in comments to EPA this week on its proposed 2017 RFS rule, there’s no justification for lowering the conventional biofuel target. Record levels of E10 consumption, broader availability of E15 and E85, more than 2 billion surplus renewable identification numbers and other factors make the statutory requirement readily achievable in 2017. It’s time EPA follows the statutory requirement and increase the conventional biofuel target to 15 billion gallons.”
“The letter explicitly urges EPA to put the RFS program back on track by finalizing blending targets that are in line with Congress’ original intent. The RFS program has successfully grown the biofuels industry in the United States, and finalizing blending targets that satisfy the original statutory requirements will keep that progress intact,” stated Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “We commend these members of Congress for supporting progress in the biofuels industry, and protecting America’s security and economy through the RFS. The EPA must return stability to this policy to ensure that we do not turn back the clock on the strides we have made. The RFS improves our environment by reducing harmful emissions and displacing toxic chemicals found in gasoline, creates American jobs, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and gives American consumers a choice of a higher performing, less expensive fuel.”
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