New TV Ad Hails RFS As as Lasting Economic Driver in Rural America, Asks EPA: Why Mess With Success?

New TV Ad Hails Renewable Fuel Standard as Lasting Economic Driver in Rural America, Asks EPA:

Why Mess With Success?


Price-Gouging, Taxpayer-Subsidy Collecting Oil Industry Gets Dishonorable Mention in Ad Hitting Airwaves in Iowa and Washington DC on Same Day as Bipartisan “Hearing in the Heartland’ in Support of the RFS Led by IA Gov. Branstad



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Washington DC (January 23, 2014) – With the open comment period on the proposed EPA rule to roll back the Renewable Fuel Standard coming to a close January 28, Americans United for Change is launching its next in a series of TV ads asking rural Americans to join the final push to overwhelm Washington with comments in support of the RFS, family farmers, and rural economies – and against another Big Oil giveaway.  The ad called “Why Mess With Success” - which begins airing Thursday in Washington DC, Cedar Rapids, IA, and the Quad Cities - makes the closing argument that the Renewable Fuel Standard has been invaluable for rural economies the last decade, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in new wealth while saving consumers millions at the pump. Which is why it makes no sense to change course so drastically by gutting the RFS.  See script below and watch it here:


The ad comes the same day as the bipartisan “Hearing in the Heartland” is held in Des Moines, led by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, billed as a “public hearing allowing citizens outside of Washington, D.C. the opportunity to testify about the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard.”  


As in Americans United’s previous TV ad in support of the RFS “Simple Choice”, the latest ad encourages viewers to visit operated by Americans United ally, the 360,000+ supporter veterans group, and co-sign a comment that will be delivered to the EPA about the importance of renewable fuels, along with thousands of other Americans who are concerned that undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard will undermine our national security by increasing our reliance on overseas oil from unstable regions and regimes that hate us. aired two recent TV ads in support of the RFS, which can be seen HERE and HERE.


Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “It’s an open secret that Big Oil has spent millions of dollars trying to put out of business their 70 cent cheaper and cleaner renewable fuels competition. If Washington does what Big Oil wants and strips apart the Renewable Fuel Standard, it’ll be a case study in fixing what isn’t broke that would make the inventors of New Coke blush. While the U.S. economy has been on a wild ride the last decade, rural communities that seized opportunities in the renewable fuels industry have seen nothing but growth, new jobs, new wealth, and more reasons for their children to stay.  That’s why the choice before the EPA should be an easy one: either continue to go forward creating thousands of jobs that can’t be outsourced and revitalizing rural economies, or backward.  Either continue going forward weaning the nation off its addiction to overseas oil, or backwards.  Continue making innovations in next generation renewable fuel sources that will build on its success of meeting 10 percent of the nation’s fuel needs, or discourage it. Continue going forward in cutting down carbon emissions harmful to the environment, or backwards and watch as already common oil-industry related disasters become even more routine. Continue giving consumers cheaper alternatives at the pump, or take them away.   At this 11th hour, it is critical that the millions of Americans who have benefited from the RFS -- from farmers to businesses that serve ethanol industry workers, to consumers – to tell the EPA what’s at stake for them if Big Oil’s bottom line is put ahead of rural America. If you ask the taxpayers, Big Oil gets enough special treatment from Washington already – they don’t need another giveaway.” 





“Why Mess With Success”

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While the economy has struggled, growth in rural America has been strong - thanks to the Renewable Fuel Standard. 


Renewable fuels create thousands of American jobs, help family farms and pump billions into the rural economy.





  • Growth Energy: “The U.S. Department of Energy estimates for every one billion gallons of ethanol produced, 10,000 to 20,000 jobs are added to our domestic economy.  According to the most recent available data by the DOE, ethanol saves American consumers more than $35 billion per year at the pump.  In 2011 alone, the ethanol industry created and supported more than 400,000 new jobs across the country that cannot be exported or outsourced. In addition, ethanol production contributed $42.4 billion to the nation’s GDP and generated $4.3 billion in federal tax revenues. Ethanol production also plays a critical role in revitalizing America’s rural areas — some of the hardest hit by the economic downturn — by stimulating economic growth.”



But big oil doesn’t care.  They want to eliminate their competition and charge more at the pump - all while taking billions in taxpayer subsidies.



If Washington listens, they’ll break what doesn’t need fixing – and the winner – Big Oil.



Tell the EPA to side with rural America; not big oil.



Don’t gut the renewable fuel standard.



  • FACT: Ethanol Cheaper Than Gas: According to research conducted by economics professors at the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University: In 2011, ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by an average of $1.09 per gallon. Regular grade gasoline prices averaged $3.52 per gallon in 2011, but would have been closer to $4.60 per gallon without the inclusion of more than 13 billion gallons of lower-priced ethanol.  Since 2000, ethanol has kept gasoline prices an average of $0.29 per gallon cheaper than they otherwise would have been.  Based on the $0.29-per-gallon average annual savings, ethanol has helped save American drivers and the economy more than $477 billion in gasoline expenditures since 2000 – an average of $39.8 billion a year.