What Others are Saying
To Whom It May Concern: As an investor in a local ethanol plant, I am writing you with deep concern regarding the recent proposed rule for the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) as required as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The impact that the RFS has had on ethanol plants and production cannot be overstated. Since its original enactment in 2005, I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact it has had on my local economy, as well as stimulating investment from domestic and international companies. I am proud to invest in technologies that further America’s national and energy security goals. Furthermore, I have committed a substantial investment in the production of renewable fuels to further drive innovation and help make next generation fuels, such as cellulosic ethanol from agriculture waste a reality. Americas’ ethanol is our nations best hope for agriculture, green jobs, energy security, and a cleaner environment. Studies have shown that spectulators are driving up the price of food not ethanol. The oil industry is preventing more lower priced, clean-burning renewable fuels from entering the fuel supply. A study by Iowa State University, and the University of Wisconsin found that in 2010 domestic ethanol production helped keep gasoline prices $ .89 lower per gallon then they otherwise would have been. The oil industry wants to limit the fuel choices for consumers and keep them buying their high-priced, non-renewable petroleum based fuel. It is wrong for the EPA to support them. The bottom line is that this proposal would have a devastating ripple effect on investment in ethanol plants, their production and the jobs they support – as well as the surrounding communities. With less money, there is a smaller tax base – our schools, hospital and local municipal services will suffer. During a time of economic uncertainty we need to capitalize on the opportunities, such as biofuel production to spur investment and innovation to keep America, and our rural economy strong. This is not an exaggeration, it is the reality. As you move forward in putting together a final rule, I hope you will consider the fallout if a rule, such as the one proposed would have on investors and the workers who count on their jobs at the ethanol production facilities around the country.
T.P., Hoisington, Kansas