WASHINGTON - The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Charles T. Drevna responded to today’sdecision by the Environmental Protection Agency to reject a request by seven governors for a Renewable Fuel Standard waiver for 2013:
“The governors’ request, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s rejection of an ethanol mandate waiver, serves to underscore the pervasive problems with the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). The issues highlighted during the waiver comment period further emphasize the fact that the RFS is fundamentally flawed and should be repealed.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 United States is on track to surpass Saudi Arabia in oil production by 2020 effectively rendering RFS obsolete. We have the capability of being energy self-reliant, but only if excessive and ineffective mandates are repealed.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.”