A new video launched by the Renewable Fuels Association makes the point that other fuels have indirect effects, not only biofuels.
The video, which shows images of burning oil wells, oil spill damage, oil contamination of natural habitat, and the destruction brought on by oil exploration and tar sands excavation, is meant to draw attention to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rulemaking for the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) that would take into account indirect land use change effects for ethanol and biodiesel, but not for petroleum.
“If EPA insists on counting the angels on the head of a pin, it needs to do so on every pin and that includes the indirect impacts of petroleum production and use,” said Renewable Fuels Association Bob Dinneen. “All energy choices come with trade-offs. By focusing solely on the impacts of biofuels, EPA has created shell game only petroleum can win. EPA must revisit its proposed rule, make its methodologies and calculations transparent, and redraft a program that is fair and workable for all parties. EPA’s current version fails on all counts.”
RFA is urging its members and others with an interest in the biofuels industry to make comments to the EPA about the RFS2 before the September 25 deadline.