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Renewable Fuel Standards waiver rejected

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Charles T. Drevna, President of the AFPM has responded to the EPA’s decision to reject a request by seven governors for a RFS waiver for 2013.


‘The governors’ request, and the EPA’s rejection of an ethanol mandate waiver, serves to underscore the pervasive problems with the RFS. The issues highlighted during the waiver comment period further emphasise the fact that the RFS is fundamentally flawed and should be repealed. Failing to eliminate this mandate will adversely impact consumers and our economy.

‘While AFPM supports the sensible integration of alternative fuels into commerce, consumer choice in the marketplace, not mandates, should dictate how these fuels are used. The growing chorus of concern from food, livestock, engine, and consumer communities continues to highlight the mandate’s unintended consequences and destructive nature.

‘The original intent of the RFS was to wean the country from a dependence on oil, especially foreign, amid erroneous concerns that we would soon deplete the domestic oil supply. Just five years later, the US is on track to surpass Saudi Arabia in oil production by 2020 effectively rendering RFS obselete. We have the capability of being energy self reliant, but only if excessive and ineffective mandates are repealed. At stake are jobs, economic growth and a stable national security.’

Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd.

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