Post-Election Letter Challenges Obama on Renewable Fuel Standard

Post-Election Letter Challenges Obama on Renewable Fuel Standard

Ag coalition asks for Presidential intervention in EPA's proposal on the Renewable Fuel Standard

Ag groups supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard on Friday said the President should intervene in the EPA's proposed lower renewable volume obligations in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

The post-election letter challenges President Obama to "correct the misguided pathway taken by the EPA" on the RFS.

The agency last November proposed the lower volumes in the RFS, much to the dismay of ag and farm groups that said the lower volumes could cost rural jobs and stifle growth in the biofuels industry.

EPA is now more than 11 months past due on announcing final standards, though the proposal in August moved to a final step – review by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Ag coalition asks for Presidential intervention in EPA's proposal on the Renewable Fuel Standard

But before the proposal becomes final, the groups suggested the blending targets and methodology in the proposed rule "are already causing significant harm to the biofuel sector," the letter said.

"These impacts are reverberating throughout the U.S. agriculture economy, and we expect this trend to continue if the targets and the methodology in the rule are not corrected," the groups said.

The letter also discusses how the ag sector has "met its responsibility" in growing sufficient feedstock for biofuels, but is also working with the ethanol industry on infrastructure and advanced fuels.

"The EPA's proposed policy decision is driving one of our key economic engines – the biofuel sector – overseas. We have invested in response to the signals in the RFS and are poised to deliver the very low carbon fuels you have sought for so long," the letter continues.

The Agricultural Retailers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Farmers Union and National Sorghum Producers signed the letter.

View Farm Progress coverage on the Renewable Fuel Standard:
Politics, Deadlines Add Extra Layer to RFS Decision
Lawmakers Question EPA's McCarthy on Renewable Fuel Standard
Farmers Continue To Wait for Final Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes

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