President Obama and the EPA have a choice to make on the Renewable Fuel Standard, and they need to decide whose advice to take.
On one side, the President’s own Cabinet secretaries, scientists and advisors have publicly called for protecting a strong RFS. They see that the RFS has strengthened America’s rural economy while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
But on other side, the oil industry is up to its old tricks -- funding bogus research studies that spread blatant lies about ethanol. These so-called “inconvenient facts” and newfound concerns about the environment are a laugh when they come from Big Oil.
When it comes to advice on the RFS, President Obama can look no further than his own cabinet. RFS supporters include the likes of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Both McCarthy and Vilsack see the RFS as a great American success story and a vital part of the solution to climate change.
At a recent energy conference, Secretary Vilsack made it clear that his department has a commitment to supporting the RFS. “This is the right thing to do for the country and certainly the right thing to do for rural America.”
McCarthy was even more direct in drawing the connection from the RFS to the environment. “President Obama is fully committed to addressing the challenge of climate change. And he knows as well as you do that RFS is a tool we need to bring to the table.”
The President's closest advisors know that the RFS is a tool we need. And scientists know it, too. The use of corn ethanol is already responsible for a 34% reduction in GHG emissions according to the Argonne National Laboratory.
So, Mr. President, who are you going to believe when it comes to climate: Gina McCarthy, Tom Vilsack and your own scientists, or ExxonMobil?