King: “EPA’s new RFS standards are a missed chance to use ethanol and other biofuels to declare an American Energy Independence Day.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The EPA’s proposed new standard provides for production of conventional ethanol at the maximum of 15 billion gallons next year, in accordance with the statutory maximum. Unfortunately, the proposed RFS reduces the level of cellulosic biofuels to 238 million gallons in 2018, and failed to adjust the 2019 biomass-based diesel standard above the 2018 level of 2.1 billion gallons.
“On July 4th, America celebrated our Independence Day. On July 5th, we learned that the United States Environmental Protection Agency proposed new RFS standards that are a missed chance to use ethanol and other biofuels to declare an American Energy Independence Day,” said King. “There is a direct correlation between increased production and use of American ethanol and decreased importation of petroleum from foreign nations, some of whom are hostile to us. In order to Make America Great Again, we need an energy strategy that recognizes the important role biofuels play in Making America Energy Independent, and sets targets that encourage greater production.”
Congressman King is a strong supporter of the Renewable Fuel Standard, and a firm believer in the important roles that conventional “E-15” ethanol and cellulosic biofuels have to play in moving America towards energy independence. On June 22, 2016, King testified before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on the importance of maintaining the RFS program.