Energy & Environment

Claiming Threat To Renewable Fuel Standard, Agribusiness, Biofuels Makers Counterattack

A new study breaks down biofuels’ contribution to the U.S. economy.

Agribusiness and biofuels companies are pushing back against efforts in Congress and at the Environmental Protection Agency to repeal the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). It’s a move to counter what the companies allege is a concerted lobbying campaign by the oil and gas industry. The RFS sets the minimum content of renewables refiners must blend into gasoline.

Dan Sanders, Jr. is with ethanol manufacturer Front Range Energy.

“If we revert backwards on this policy, then I think you’re going see investment in advanced cellulosic biofuels stymied. Those production facilities could well be located in your state and have an economic impact in your state with taking biomass and other waste materials into usable fuels, low cost fuels for the consumer.”

An umbrella group known as Fuels America released an economic study to underscore the point. The report finds that biofuels production adds more than $4 billion to the Greater Houston economy per year and supports more than 11,000 jobs.

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Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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