Thursday’s edition of the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call features a new, full-page advertisement placed by the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) encouraging President Trump to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand with rural America and keep the promise to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The end of this month marks the deadline for the release of the final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the 2018 RFS, and now is as important as ever to remind the White House and EPA of the promises they’ve made to rural Americans to protect the RFS.
The ad features South Dakota farmer Marietta Lakness, who, like millions of rural Americans, trusted President Trump when he promised to protect the RFS. Excerpts from the ad are below.
“The RFS helped Marietta invest in a locally owned ethanol company, which created new markets for her crops and high-skill jobs in her community. The biofuel Marietta produces has lowered consumer gas prices, reduced our dependence on foreign oil, and provided Americans new fuel choices at the pump like E15.”
“As a major deadline looms, oil refiners want the EPA to cut the RFS. This would devastate farmers like Marietta who are facing a fourth consecutive year of depressed crop prices and income. Rural America is poised to help lead America’s next manufacturing wave, but that will require the EPA keeping President Trump’s promise to protect and grow ethanol use under the RFS. Mr. President, tell EPA to stand with rural America and keep the promise to protect the RFS.”