Continued Commitment to Renewable Fuel Standard Will Strengthen U.S. Energy Independence

WASHINGTON, DC – A new report released today by the National Academy of Sciences about the barriers to reaching the Renewable Fuel Standard is inconclusive and fails to promote any real alternatives to addressing our nation’s energy crisis, according to a statement by Growth Energy, the leading coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters.

Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, said:

“You can read this report in a number of ways because the conclusions are based on variables that will undoubtedly change with technological advancements and innovation within the industry.

“The Renewable Fuel Standard was adopted by Congress as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act in order to wean the United States off of foreign sources of fossil fuels. There is no question that, as ten percent of the fuels market today, we are strengthening our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

“A continued commitment to the RFS will create the market certainty that is crucial for both first generation and second generation ethanol. But any effort to doubt or dismantle the RFS would block the growth of the industry and ultimately threaten American jobs, our environment and our energy security.”


About Growth Energy
Growth Energy represents the producers and supporters of ethanol who feed the world and fuel America in ways that achieve energy independence, improve economic well-being and create a healthier environment for all Americans now.