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Bipartisan letter calls for President Obama to Continue Growth Under Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

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Washington D.C., June 27, 2014 | comments
In a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama, Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and 50 Members of Congress urge the President to increase the amount of biodiesel fuels allowed to enter markets under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards.
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WASHINGTON, DC—In a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama, Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and 50 Members of Congress urge the President to increase the amount of biodiesel fuels allowed to enter markets under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards. The EPA is considering a limit on standard biodiesel fuels that would effectively decrease the levels of domestically produced biodiesels, potentially forcing the United States to import fuels from other nations.

The group writes “Should the EPA choose not to raise biodiesel’s volume above 1.28 billion gallons, we believe it will have a terrible impact on the domestic biodiesel industry, and could lead to the closure of numerous biodiesel plants, with smaller producers taking the largest impact.”

The group expresses concerns that “the Administration may raise the Advanced Biofuels levels under the RFS with the intention of allowing biodiesel to fill that requirement. Our understanding of such a move is that it would lead to no additional domestic production of biodiesel, and would in fact lead to increased imports of foreign fuels to supplement the Advanced Biofuels level. Rather than sending a signal for increased imports of foreign biofuels, which will seriously undermine the very rationale for the creation of the RFS in supporting domestic energy security, we should be putting forward plans that support our domestic fuel suppliers.”

Additionally, the letter notes the Presidents previous support of the development growth of the biodiesel industry.

 

Full letter text:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC
Dear Mr. President:
We are writing to express our concern over reports that the Administration is considering issuing a final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) of 1.28 billion gallons for biomass-based diesel (biodiesel). Should the EPA choose not to raise biodiesel’s volume above 1.28 billion gallons, we believe it will have a terrible impact on the domestic biodiesel industry, and could lead to the closure of numerous biodiesel plants, with smaller producers taking the largest impact.
The biodiesel industry has more than enough capacity to meet increased Biomass-based Diesel volumes. In its own proposed rule from 2012, the EPA projected the capacity of all registered and unregistered biodiesel facilities producing at least some product to be 2.4 billion gallons.

We are also concerned the Administration may raise the Advanced Biofuels levels under the RFS with the intention of allowing biodiesel to fill that requirement. Our understanding of such a move is that it would lead to no additional domestic production of biodiesel, and would in fact lead to increased imports of foreign fuels to supplement the Advanced Biofuels level. Rather than sending a signal for increased imports of foreign biofuels, which will seriously undermine the very rationale for the creation of the RFS in supporting domestic energy security, we should be putting forward plans that support our domestic fuel suppliers.
During your time in office you have supported the development and growth of the biodiesel industry. Now, biodiesel producers around the nation have the ability to generate nearly two billion gallons a year of the only EPA approved advanced biofuel, which is commercially available across the United States. Therefore, we believe now is not the time for a critical shift in biodiesel policy. We urgently ask that you raise biodiesel’s RVO for 2014 above 1.28 billion gallons.
We look forward to your response.

Sincerely

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