(Posted Wed. Feb 13th, 2013)
Feb. 13: Last night, the Fuels America coalition, of which the National Corn Growers Association is one of the founding members, released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:
“Tonight, President Obama laid out an agenda that includes cutting our dependence on oil, fighting climate change and creating jobs. The current administration has been a long-time supporter of renewable fuel, which can help meet all three of these goals.
“The Renewable Fuel Standard is an essential policy that is already helping to wean us from oil and that, if left intact, can do even more to benefit America. The RFS has been crucial in encouraging investment in oil alternatives, driving innovation in advanced biofuels and opening up markets so that Americans have a choice at the gas pump.
“Last year, 13 billion gallons of renewable fuel were added to our fuel supply. That production supported jobs for and employed more than 380,000 Americans while reducing the need for imported oil by more than 462 million barrels. A secure, domestic and clean fuel source, renewable fuel increasingly shields our country from volatile global oil markets, lowers gas prices and reduces harmful emissions that contribute to climate change. In 2012, using renewable fuel slashed greenhouse gas emissions by 33.4 million metric tons.
“Renewable fuel has an important role to play in supporting President Obama’s energy agenda and job-creation goals. The companies of the renewable fuel sector stand ready to help make those goals a reality.”
Fuels America is a coalition of organizations committed to protecting America’s Renewable Fuel Standard and promoting the benefits of all types of renewable fuel already growing in America. Fuels America is founded on a simple core principle: Renewable fuel is good for the U.S. economy, for our nation’s energy security and for the environment. Click here to learn more.