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National Security, Advanced Biofuels, and Ag Groups Urge EPA to Protect Advanced Biofuels  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 28, 2014

Contact: Stephanie Dreyer, 914.715.6087
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National Security, Advanced Biofuels, and Ag Groups Urge EPA to Protect Advanced Biofuels

Groups Send Letter to EPA Administrator Urging Her to Maintain RFS Requirements

Washington, DC – Today, the clean energy campaign Operation Free joined three Advanced Biofuels groups and the National Farmers Union in sending a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging her to maintain current production requirements for advanced biofuels.

In November, the EPA proposed cutting production for advanced biofuels in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) – a program that is driving growth in the advanced biofuels industry today. The comment period for the EPA’s proposed cuts is scheduled to end today.

The groups that signed on to the letter include the Advanced Biofuels Association, the Algae Biomass Organization, the National Farmers Union, the National Biodiesel Board, and Operation Free.

In the letter, the groups wrote: “The RFS is driving growth in the advanced biofuels industry today, and delivering on the promise of a secure, domestically-powered transportation economy… Advanced fuels are a vital tool for confronting our single-source dependence on oil, and ensuring our economic and national security.”

Since the EPA first proposed the cut in November, Operation Free has been working to convince the EPA to maintain the current fuel requirements. This month, the group launched a petition and gathered more than 1,500 signatures from supporters who agree that advanced biofuels are essential to our national security, offering a cleaner, homegrown alternative to oil.

Operation Free is a nationwide coalition of veterans and national security experts working to secure America with clean energy. Operation Free is a campaign of the Truman Project and Center for National Policy.

The full text of the letter is pasted below.


January 28, 2014

The Honorable Gina McCarthy

Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460

Dear Administrator McCarthy,

As you consider changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates for 2014-15, we strongly urge you to protect the production levels in place for advanced biofuels, which are essential to developing a diverse, resilient, and renewable transportation sector in the United States. Advanced fuels are a vital tool for confronting our single-source dependence on oil, and ensuring our economic and national security.

We represent farmers who grow energy crops, the advanced biofuels industry that uses plant material and technologies to produce fuel, and national security organizations seeking to reduce U.S. dependence on a volatile global commodity. We support government policies that can improve energy security, diversify fuel supplies with cleaner fuels, and give the American people the energy choices they need and deserve.

The RFS is driving growth in the advanced biofuels industry today, and delivering on the promise of a secure, domestically-powered transportation economy. In 2013 alone, advanced biofuels replaced an estimated 3.2 billion gallons of gasoline, far exceeding the 2.75 billion target laid out in the RFS.

Developing new ways to fuel our transportation sector is important, because our single-source dependence on oil compromises our national and economic security. Our military, the largest institutional consumer of fuel in the world, is extremely vulnerable to price shocks. Every time the price of a barrel of oil rises by $10, the military is left with a $1.3 billion budget shortfall, taking money away from essential training, readiness, and acquisition programs.

Here at home, we’re chained to the same volatile global oil market as our military. Our transportation sector is dependent on oil for more than 93 percent of its needs. And because the price of oil determined globally, unrest or instability in international markets raises prices here at home, regardless of how much oil we produce in the United States.

We are a diverse, multi-stakeholder coalition, writing to request your support for advanced, renewable, and domestically-produced fuels in order to diversify our transportation sector. The RFS is driving the growth of this industry, and helping to enhance our energy security. We strongly encourage you to protect the mandates in place for advanced biofuels as a part of the RFS.

Sincerely,

Advanced Biofuels Association
Algae Biomass Organization
National Farmers Union
National Biodiesel Board
Operation Free

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