The American Coalition for Ethanol Friday applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for denying a request from a handful of states to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“Despite millions of dollars spent by Big Oil and Big Food to shamelessly attack American-made ethanol, it comes as no surprise EPA denied the requests to waive the RFS because the facts are on our side,” said Brian Jennings, ACE Executive Vice President. “EPA considered the flexibility built-into the RFS, precedent established in 2008, and data which proved waiving the RFS wouldn’t remedy the harm of the drought in making the right decision.”
Jennings says that comments submitted by ethanol supporters were a factor in the EPA’s decision.
“In a strong demonstration of grassroots support for ethanol, more than 130 unique comments were submitted by ACE members from 15 different states making the case for the RFS,” said Jennings. “Given the battle we anticipate over the RFS in Congress next year, we encourage ethanol supporters to stay engaged. One way to remain actively involved is to join ACE for our annual ‘Biofuels Beltway March’ fly-in scheduled for March 13-14 on Capitol Hill.”
ACE members will tell the story of how the RFS benefits America during the fly-in and why it is necessary to enable consumers to have meaningful fuel choice at the pump.
Growth Energy Responds to Announcement
Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement rejecting the petitions requesting a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard, Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy issued the following statement:
“The announcement by the EPA is welcome news to the renewable fuels industry and those dedicated to reducing our dependence on foreign oil, spurring investment and creating jobs right here in America.
“Growth Energy has continually advocated that the current conditions fall short of the threshold required to modify the RFS and that the market is working. Furthermore, granting a waiver on the evidence presented by the obligated parties would have sent the wrong signal the investment community, whose participation is vital to the reducing our dependence on foreign oil, creating jobs in the US that cannot be outsourced, improving our environment and saving consumers at the pump.
“Today’s decision confirms what we knew all along – the petitioners were wrong in their belief that the RFS caused the economic harm. I commend the administration’s efforts to carefully review the facts and data in this matter. Their findings have echoed the comments of Growth Energy and we are pleased that the most successful energy policy enacted in the last forty years will not be modified.
“I thank the EPA for their diligent work and applaud them for ensuring the win-win energy policy for America is not changed due to political pressure from an isolated event.”
Source: Growth Energy