With the historic drought of 2012, we have seen an increasing number of elected officials and industry groups criticizing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), including calling on the EPA to waive current requirements. While these requests have not focused on biodiesel or other Advanced Biofuel categories of the program, we believe they are unwarranted and pose a significant threat to the future of the RFS, which has proven to be one of the most effective energy policies in recent history for stimulating clean, renewable U.S. energy production. Even a partial, temporary waiver of the policy could undermine our success and stunt the growth of the U.S. biodiesel industry by limiting investment and restricting access to capital.
The RFS is the backbone of our young industry, and we must speak up to defend the policy and the positive economic impacts it is creating across the country. In part thanks to the RFS, the biodiesel industry alone produced record volumes of nearly 1.1 billion gallons last year, with plants in nearly every state. That production supported some 40,000 jobs, reduced harmful emissions, and helped diversify our fuel supplies so that our economy isn’t so vulnerable to the endless cycle of price spikes in global petroleum markets. It also generated some $700 million in local, state and federal tax revenues.
Please think about how important the RFS is to the future of your business and set aside time to defend this policy with your elected officials. We have posted discussion points, sample letters and other documents here to facilitate your outreach.
To find your governor’s contact information, visit the National Association of Governors website listing of current governors. To reach your members of Congress, call the congressional switchboard at 202- 224-3121 or visit the Senate website here and the House website here. We would also be happy to provide you contact information for key staffers for your lawmakers. Please contact Ben Evans in our Washington office for assistance at 202-737-8801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.