NFU: EPA Makes Right Decision on RFS

NFU: EPA Makes Right Decision on RFS

Posted: Saturday, August 9, 2008 6:55 pm

WASHINGTON (Aug. 7, 2008) – National Farmers Union President Tom Buis praised today’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to deny Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s request for a waiver from the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). “The Renewable Fuels Standard is part of our nation’s energy solution. America’s farmers have the ability to produce a safe, abundant food supply while playing a part in reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Despite the rhetoric from the supporters of big oil, ethanol has reduced our dependence on foreign oil, and saved consumers from paying even higher prices for gasoline. “For over 30 years our nation has failed to address our energy crisis. Now that we are finally moving forward, going backwards to rely on foreign oil producing countries for our energy would be the worst possible scenario. “The food versus fuel myth is not based on the facts. While high commodity prices have been named the culprit, the farmer’s share of the retail food dollar is less than 20 cents. Energy prices have a far greater impact on retail food prices and with sky high energy costs; it’s no wonder food prices have increased. “The Renewable Fuels Standard is particularly important for rural America where ethanol production has revitalized once-struggling communities. EPA made the right decision.” Posted 8.8.08

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