Oregon is known for its green forests, clear water and clean air and we must protect these treasures for our use, and for future generations. Despite this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently suggested changing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to lower biofuel production targets, harming the future of biofuel innovation and the United States’ growth in the biofuel industry.
Currently, biofuels help our environment by reducing carbon emissions by up to 43 percent, and this number will only increase through further innovation. However, this requires the government to encourage growth in the biofuel industry rather than squandering it.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that, by 2022, biofuels will make up 93 percent of all renewable energy used in road travel. And, as oil gets dirtier and dirtier, biofuels can become cleaner. However, this necessary innovation can only occur if U.S. fuel producers are encouraged to do so. One of the main drivers of biofuel growth is a strong RFS.
Oregonians, and all Americans, rely on the ethanol industry to support the agriculture economy and reduce fossil fuel usage. I urge our Oregon elected officials and Administrator Pruitt to commit to rural economy growth and a cleaner America.