Fuels America coalition supports protecting America's Renewable Fuel Standard
A large coalition of advanced and traditional renewable fuel stakeholders throughout the nation and Colorado today joined forces to defend America's Renewable Fuel Standard and the economic, clean energy and national security benefits it provides. The new coalition, Fuels America, spans the full spectrum of domestically-grown renewable fuel, national security, clean energy, environmental and other stakeholders.
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 unintended consequences for Colorado's rural communities, clean tech innovators and energy independence.
"Colorado is on the cutting edge of the renewable fuel economy," said Bill Midcap, director of Renewable Energy Development at the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. "From our farms to our research centers to our production facilities, we are creating jobs, reducing dependence on foreign oil and innovating our way to the most advanced transportation fuel technologies in America."
In addition to Colorado, the Fuels America campaign will be active in Washington, D.C., and several states, including Ohio, Delaware and Montana. Each state will have its own online platform, featuring stories of renewable fuel innovators and communities with a stake in maintaining the RFS. The Colorado site can be accessed at www.FuelsAmerica.org/state/colorado.
The coalition will also mount advertising campaigns in the Colorado, Ohio and D.C. markets.
"Renewable fuel matters to everyone in Colorado, from farmers in the eastern part of the state to researchers at our universities and entrepreneurs in our clean tech economy," added Midcap. "We are strongly behind maintaining America's Renewable Fuel Standard because of the benefits it has brought to Colorado, and the promise it holds for our future."
"ZeaChem supports the Fuels America campaign because the Renewable Fuel Standard is the central reason why small cleantech companies like ours are putting steel in the ground, hiring workers and placing orders to supply chain companies across the U.S. right now, all based on the market realities of the RFS," said Jim Imbler, president and CEO of ZeaChem, a Lakewood, Colorado-based company that was developed a cellulose-based biorefinery platform capable of producing advanced ethanol, fuels and chemicals. "The RFS created a space for new small businesses to grow by using long term policy to attract long term investment right here in Colorado. Let's not change the rules in the middle of the game; we need our elected leaders to stay committed to the law of the land, and not create uncertainty for companies like ours."
Speakers noted that renewable fuel has driven a $500 billion increase in America's farm assets since 2007.
Members of the Fuels America coalition also stressed that renewable fuel plays a central role in increasing America's energy independence. Since 2000, domestically grown fuels have contributed to a 25 percent reduction in oil imports from the Persian Gulf, making the nation more energy independent and driving down prices at the pump. Americans saved $50 billion on imported fuel costs in 2011 thanks to renewable fuel.
Additional Fuels America members include: 25x25, Abengoa Bioenergy, ACORE, Advanced Ethanol Council, American Coalition for Ethanol, American Security Project, BIO, DuPont, Growth Energy, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, Novozymes, POET, Renewable Fuel Association.
The campaign also launched a national digital platform at FuelsAmerica.org and on Twitter @FuelsAmerica.