Call on President Trump to Restore Biofuels, Protect the RFS 

America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is critical to revitalizing struggling farm economies, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and protecting the climate. But Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exemptions to oil companies have destroyed demand for billions of gallons of U.S. biofuels. President Trump vowed to restore lost gallons, but the current EPA proposal only accounts for a fraction of the demand destroyed by the agency’s unprecedented use of oil refinery waivers.

Join us today in calling on President Trump to take action now to reopen biofuel plants and revitalize markets for America’s farmers.

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The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

We write to express our frustration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which continues to ignore your commitments to the men and women across rural America who feed and fuel the world. Despite your own vocal support for ethanol and biodiesel, the agency’s underhanded actions have shuttered dozens of biofuel plants, left thousands out of work, and destroyed vital markets for America’s farmers at a time when few have the resources to weather another storm. Now the EPA is walking away from your plan to repair the damage, just as hopes dim yet again for near-term relief against foreign tariffs ravaging American agriculture.

Despite the massive loss of biofuel demand created by Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) from 2016 to 2018, we cheered when the administration made a commitment in September to accurately account for lost gallons, beginning in 2020. But that hope was extinguished by a proposal released by the EPA on October 15, which only accounts for a fraction of the demand destroyed by SREs due to last-minute tampering designed to change how the agency will calculate lost gallons. Also absent from the EPA proposal are key elements of your agreement with rural champions, including efforts to break down market barriers for ethanol and biodiesel blends and modernize retail infrastructure.

Farmers and biofuel producers across the country are simply asking that the EPA enforce the law. A solution based on actual gallons waived will offer the certainty needed for plant owners to resume production, for gas station owners to invest in E15 and other ethanol blends, and for farm communities to recover from the EPA’s unprecedented use of oil refinery waivers. We understand the EPA’s plan very clearly, and it will not work. We cannot reopen plants and sell farm products into markets shut down by secretive waivers and plagued by uncertainty due to schemes to keep the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from working as intended.

While markets for feed and fuel remain challenging, there is time to deliver relief. We appreciate your ongoing work on this issue and your recognition that the RFS is vital to helping rural communities endure tough times. It’s clear to us that only your direct intervention can stop the EPA from sabotaging this important rule, and we are counting on you to fully restore the markets that have been taken away from American farmers and biofuel producers.

Sincerely,

American farmers, biofuel workers and community advocates

 

 

 

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