The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has joined with several agriculture and renewable fuel organizations to urge the U.S. Senate to pass the new "energy-lite" legislation, S. 2095, which contains a renewable fuels standard (RFS) and important renewable energy tax provisions.

"The Senate must find a way to pass this important energy legislation as soon as possible," said RFA President Bob Dinneen. "The U.S. trade deficit recently hit a record $450 billion--in large part to our ever-growing dependence on foreign petroleum products. Passing this bill and keeping more of our energy dollars here at home will spark economic development and create much-needed jobs."

In a letter to Senators the RFS Coalition wrote: "The American public overwhelmingly supports efforts to promote the increased production and use of domestic renewable fuels. Consequently, the RFS and energy tax provisions have been supported by a bipartisan majority of the United States Senate, the House of Representatives and the Administration. It is time they became law.

"Perhaps the most important benefit of the RFS and the renewable energy tax provisions is the increased jobs they will create. A review of employment studies completed by the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee concludes that the RFS alone will create more than 214,000 of the nearly 1 million jobs anticipated by comprehensive energy legislation. Such an employment increase is needed, particularly across rural America where small towns and family farms need the economic stimulus.

"The coalition partners signed below, representing millions of Americans, strongly urge you to seize every legislative opportunity to enact into law the RFS and renewable energy tax provisions, which enjoy broad bipartisan support and will create a more sustainable energy and economic future for all America."

The letter was signed by: Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, National Grain Sorghum Producers, New Uses Council, American Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Biodiesel Board, Clean Fuels Development Coalition, Women Involved in Farm Economics, and Ethanol Producers and Consumers.

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