RFS Action Page

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Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Background:

The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry provides more than 90 percent of the nation’s advanced biofuels under the RFS program. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is undermining the RFS program’s support for advanced biofuels by handing out exemptions to nearly every oil refinery that asks. Please write to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and ask him to ensure that small refinery exemptions don’t destroy demand for biodiesel and renewable diesel.

Use this form to send an email or tweet to EPA Administrator Wheeler.

As you continue to communicate with your Members of Congress, Washington policy makers, the media, and the public, consider using the arguments below to make your case:
  • Small refinery exemptions have destroyed demand for hundreds of millions of gallons of biodiesel over the past several years.
  • University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin estimates that the biodiesel industry’s economic losses from small refinery exemptions could reach $7.7 billion by next year.
  • EPA has many options to repair the damage to the biodiesel industry and is required to do so.
  • Higher volumes drive job creation, innovation in feedstock development and investment.
  • Every 100 million gallons of increased biodiesel production supports roughly 3,200 jobs.
  • Biodiesel saves diesel consumers money—it's a cost-effective, renewable alternative fuel.
  • Higher volumes and increased production levels support U.S. energy independence and energy dominance.
  • Substituting biodiesel for diesel is the simplest, most effective way to immediately reduce diesel emissions, in addition to wastes in our waterways and landfills.
  • Lower volumes exacerbate, not help with, the issues caused by biodiesel imports.