NSP joins renewable fuel stakeholders, launches national campaign
National Sorghum Producers and a large coalition of advanced and traditional renewable fuel stakeholders joined forces to defend America's Renewable Fuel Standard and the economic, employment, domestic renewable energy and national security benefits the RFS provides. The new coalition, Fuels America, spans the full spectrum of domestically-grown renewable fuel, national security, renewable energy and other stakeholders.
The coalition also launched an online platform at FuelsAmerica.org and a Twitter presence @FuelsAmerica.
The launch comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers a request to "waive" the RFS, a move that coalition members stressed would have serious consequences for America's rural communities, renewable technology innovators and energy independence.
The Fuels America campaign will be a national effort, including advertising, beginning in Washington, D.C., and several states, including Colorado, Ohio, Delaware and Montana. Each state will have its own online platform reachable through FuelsAmerica.org and feature the stories of renewable fuel innovators and communities with a stake in maintaining the RFS.
Members of the Fuels America coalition stressed that renewable fuel plays a central role in increasing America's energy independence. Since 2000, domestically-grown renewable fuel has contributed to a 25 percent reduction in oil imports from the Persian Gulf, making the nation more energy independent. Americans saved $50 billion on imported fuel costs in 2011 thanks to renewable fuel.
Coalition members also noted that the rapidly emerging advanced renewable fuel sector has benefited directly from the RFS, with advanced facilities now producing fuel in Florida, Louisiana, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
Coalition members include 25x25, Abengoa Bionergy, ACORE, Advanced Ethanol Council, American Coalition for Ethanol, American Security Project, Biotechnology Industry Organization, DuPont, Growth Energy, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, Novozymes, POET, Renewable Fuels Association.