Renewable Fuel Stakeholders Come Together to Protect RFS
Advanced and traditional renewable fuel stakeholders have come together to defend the Renewable Fuel Standard and the economic, employment, domestic renewable energy and national security benefits the policy provides. The launch of the Fuels America coalition comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a request to waive the RFS.
Coalition members say such a move would have serious consequences for America's rural communities, renewable technology innovators and energy independence. Former Congressman Jim Greenwood - President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization - says the coalition is built around one core idea - renewable fuel is essential to the U.S. economy, the nation's energy security, rural communities and the environment.
According to Greenwood - the diverse membership of Fuels America has come together to reset the national conversation on renewable fuel, protect the progress that has been made and ensure the RFS continues its success.
Groups like 25x25, BIO, Growth Energy, the National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, Novozymes and the Renewable Fuels Association are members of Fuels America.
The Fuels America campaign is a national effort that includes advertising. It will begin in Washington, D.C. and several states - including Colorado, Ohio, Delaware and Montana. Each state will have its own online platform that will feature the stories of renewable fuel innovators and communities with a stake in maintaining the RFS. Those can be accessed through the FuelsAmerica dot org (www.FuelsAmerica.org) website.
Along with an important role at the local and state level - members of the Fuels America coalition stress the central role of renewable fuel in increasing America's energy independence. Domestically-grown renewable fuel has contributed to a 25-percent reduction in oil imports from the Persian Gulf since 2000.
Americans saved 50-billion dollars on imported fuel costs in 2011 thanks to renewable fuel. Coalition members also note that the rapidly emerging advanced renewable fuel sector has benefited directly from the RFS. Advanced facilities are now producing fuel in Florida, Louisiana, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
Novozymes North America President Adam Monroe says the RFS has created billions in investment and created hundreds of thousands of careers. To keep those dollars and the jobs they will continue to create - he says the RFS needs to be kept in place. Monroe says it's a market-based signal to innovators and investors - and it works.
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