To the editor:
Farmers and others in rural America have sparked a renewable energy revolution in the U.S., one that keeps American dollars at home and brings new prosperity to small communities. Today, that progress is under attack, and it will take a strong and united voice from rural America to keep it safe.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the most important U.S. energy policy in 40 years. This policy has been the single most effective tool at allowing a renewable competitor to gasoline to be sold alongside it in pumps across the country.
Since 2005, the American ethanol industry has:
created and supported nearly 400,000 domestic jobs,
contributed more than $40 billion annually to our gross domestic product,
helped curb our dependence on foreign oil from 60 percent in 2005 to 45 percent in 2012 and spurred significant growth across rural communities.
The numbers don't lie: the RFS and homegrown American ethanol have made great contributions to our nation, including boosting our economy, improving our national security, cleaning the environment and fostering future prosperity and innovation.
The more American ethanol succeeds, however, the more the oil industry and its cronies lash out, fearful of losing their monopolistic grasp over the liquid fuels market. It is no surprise that the ethanol industry is under attack as the oil industry and their allies spend millions daily to destroy the single most dynamic economic market in modern American agriculture. But we can't let misled critics derail us.
We need your help. We need your energy and voice to call on Congress to stand up to Big Oil and protect the Renewable Fuel Standard. Let Congress know that the RFS is vital to keep us innovating, and to keep rural America booming.
Every one of us has a stake in this industry; producer, vendor, employee, consumer. As general manager of POET Biorefining in Gowrie, the future of ethanol effects the livelihood of each employee and their families in addition to the ethanol industry creating vitality in every community.
Call Congress at (202) 224-3121, text DUMMY to 90975, watch for the Renewable Standard Fuel commercials on several major networks. Sign up on Growth Energy's website and contact Congress at www.growthenergy.org/action to express your support of RFS.
Gary F. Eischeid