AAM Submits Comments to EPA on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard

Washington, DC  -- Larry Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kansas on behalf of the American Agriculture Movement has issued comments strongly opposing EPA's draft proposal to reduce the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO's) targets of the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS2).  Matlack stated, "We urge you to reconsider this misguided decision and leave the required targets in place because the current law IS working.  The goal of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to help reduce air pollution.  This goal has been reached on both counts."

"Why would EPA want to try to turn back the clock and move the country backwards in advanced Biofuel development and production?  The proposed reduction will cost America good paying jobs, close facilities in communities that need them and the tax base that goes with the growing renewable fuel industry, dealing yet another blow to rural economies," continued Matlack.

 Farmers have invested heavily in producing crops to feed this new developing industry. By reducing the mandate, EPA will effectively pull the rug out from under investors and producers by changing Federal Law.  This action will slow or stop investments in needed infrastructure who distributes larger amounts of ethanol and other biofuels.  Already huge investments in research and development of cellulosic biofuels would be set back or stopped.  Matlack concluded his comments by stating, "This could have devastating impacts on several large plants as they are starting commercial production using non-food crops to produce advanced biofuels.  This change will help protect energy dependent agriculture producers from huge volatility in the fuel markets by increasing the amount available."

EPA must change the draft and leave in place a law that is working for all who benefit from a robust renewable energy mandate.