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VoteVets.org, AUFC Join Forces Against Big Oilís Scheme to Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard

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Washington DC (November 19, 2013) – American jobs, American innovation, and America’s energy security are under siege by the oil industry that has made a top priority of repealing of the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Despite raking in record profits and tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsides, Big Oil always wants more and they’re willing to do more than just price gouge at the pump to bolster their bottom line. One of the dirtiest industries is now trying to pollute the public discourse on biofuels including ethanol because they hate having to compete with cheaper, cleaner burning renewable fuels that saves consumers tens of millions of dollars a day that would otherwise be sent overseas. 

 

Big Oil’s misinformation campaign against the RFS is not just a threat to our economy, but a threat to our national security and our environment.  That is why VoteVets.org, the 360,000+ supporter veterans group, and Americans United for Change announced today that they’ve joined the counteroffensive against Big Oil’s lies about the renewable fuel industry’s job-growing, money-saving, environmentally-friendly record and plan to use every tactic at the groups’ combined disposal from paid, digital, and earned media; to events with grass tops renewable energy leaders and veterans in key states; to call programs designed to harness grassroots energy in support of an EPA RFS rule that puts the interests of our environment, our economy, our national security, and American consumers ahead of the greedy interests of Big Oil. 

Jon Soltz, Co-Founder and Chairman, VoteVets.org: “For those who served, this is a really simple issue.   It’s imperative that we, as a nation, move off of oil.  The more oil we use, the more the world prices go up, and the more those oil-rich nations who target us, our troops, and our allies benefit.  Ethanol is an important part of reducing our oil consumption, and that is good for our troops and our security.  We will do everything we can to ensure that decision makers in Washington hear that message loud and clear, from our over 360,000 supporters.”

Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “The Renewable Fuels Standard – which was signed into law with wide, bipartisan support by President George W. Bush – has helped cut America’s dangerous dependence on foreign oil.  Because of this commonsense law, we now get almost 10 percent of our fuel from clean and renewable sources.  And talk about a value-added policy, from creating 400,000 American jobs that can’t be outsourced, to revitalizing rural communities, to innovating cheaper, cleaner renewable energy sources of tomorrow, to cutting down air pollution and carbon emissions, to making us safer by reducing reliance on oil from unstable foreign regions and regimes that hate us.  It’s because of the RFS’s record of success that the Oil Industry has been waging such an aggressive, self-serving scare campaign against it. The oil industry will say anything to eliminate the cheaper, cleaner competition.  Makes sense, since ethanol costs 60 to 80 cents less whole sale less than regular gasoline and saves consumers about $1 billion every week that would otherwise be sent overseas -- money that is being invested here at home, making our economy stronger and our country more secure.  But if the oil company lobbyists think their attempts to bury these facts in the sand will go answered in the coming weeks, they must be huffing gas.” 

 

Myrna Heddinger, Mayor of Emmetsburg, IA, home of a corn ethanol plant and a future cellulosic ethanol plant on the same site that will begin production next year:  “We live in Northwest Iowa in a small rural community of less than 4,000 people.  We’re so excited to see growth of the cellulosic ethanol plant here and what it’s given to our community.  It means so much for our local farmers. It lets them utilize every aspect of the corn or crops that they grow.  The building of this plant has had a huge impact on our town.  About 300 men employed out there on the building, looking for places to eat and live, and it has been a financial boon for the whole county.  It also means future employment for the young people that we continue to try to draw back to the area.   It’s also good for the truckers, because more semis and others kind of equipment will be needed for transport.  We couldn't be happier to have it here and hope that everybody will continue to support the RFS.”


Don’t Believe Big Oil’s Lies About Renewable Fuels: They’ll Say Anything to Eliminate the Cheaper, Cleaner Competition


FACT: Ethanol Creates Hundreds of Thousands More Jobs, Means Less Pinch at the Pump

FACT: Ethanol Has Almost No Impact on Food Prices

 

FACT: Ethanol Benefits, Not Hurts the Environment

 

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