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API Urges EPA to Step Back From Misguided Anti-Consumer RFS Policy Changes

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WASHINGTON, October 30, 2019 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) today highlighted the risks of the administration’s proposal to arbitrarily force more ethanol into the market in testimony provided during EPA’s public hearing on proposed 2020-21 biofuel blending requirements. 

“Unfortunately, the supplemental notice and this hearing are a departure from regular order necessitated by a ‘deal’ that is contrary to the statute governing this program,” API Senior Fuels Policy Advisor Patrick Kelly said. “The supplemental notice does not provide a compelling reason why EPA would change an established policy, which underscores the arbitrary nature of this administration’s new direction on reallocating small refinery exemptions.” 

“It is wrong to play politics with our nation’s fuel supply and consumers’ vehicles,” Kelly said. “Until Congress fixes the RFS through legislation, we urge the agency to reject the relentless demands for ever-increasing renewable fuel volumes and to act in the best interest of consumers by setting standards that are reasonable, achievable, and fair for all stakeholders.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.