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March 22, 2002
Farm Groups Urge Senate to Support Renewable Fuels Standard for Gasoline in Energy Bill
Renewable Fuels Standard Allows Farmers to Help Increase U.S. Fuel Supplies
WASHINGTON, DC – A broad coalition of agricultural groups and renewable fuels producers today sent a letter to the U.S. Senators urging their support for the renewable fuels standard (RFS) agreement in the energy bill, S. 517. The Senate is expected to complete work on the energy bill after the Easter district-work period.
The letter stated:
“On behalf of America’s farmers and ranchers, we are writing to express our strong support for the bipartisan agreement reached in the Senate Energy Bill, S. 517, that will dramatically increase the nation’s use of domestic, renewable fuels including ethanol and biodiesel over the next decade.
“The agreement establishes a five billion gallon renewable fuels standard, which will triple the use of biofuels produced from agricultural commodities. The agreement also phases out the use of the MTBE in the U.S. fuels marketplace in four years, eliminates the federal oxygenate requirement in reformulated gasoline, and protects air quality. It is supported by the petroleum and ethanol industries, agriculture and the environmental community.
“America’s farmers can be energy producers as well as energy consumers. The renewable fuels standard will create a steady market for American agriculture, and provide significant economic benefits throughout rural America. Importantly, it will also increase U.S. energy supplies, reduce our foreign oil imports, and protect air quality and the environment.
“The renewable fuels standard is an important and historic step in the right direction for America. We urge you to oppose any amendments to S. 517 that would dismantle the negotiated agreement.”
The letter was signed by the American Coalition for Ethanol, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, American Sugar Alliance, Ethanol Producers and Consumers (EPAC), National Association of Wheat Growers, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, National Grain Sorghum Producers, Renewable Fuels Association, and Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE).
For more information, visit the Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.ethanolRFA.org
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