New Study: EPA Inaction Causing an Increase in GHG Emissions
Posted 25 September 2014 in
As world leaders gather in New York for the UN Climate Summit this week, citizens around the globe are looking for leadership to combat climate change. Bringing the climate challenge into sharp relief, a new report from the Biotechnology Industry Organization explains that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are actually expected to increase as a result of EPA inaction on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) – a turn of events that threatens to undermine President Obama’s clean energy legacy.
The report notes that:
Inaction on the 2014 RFS regulatory rule will lead to increased GHG emissions of 21 million metric tons CO2 equivalent.
The increased GHG emissions are equal to putting an additional 4.4 million cars on the road, or having current cars drive an additional 50 billion miles, or opening 5.5 new coal-fired power plants.
The “blend wall” should not be a consideration for setting the RFS, because the United States is using more transportation fuel in 2014 than previously projected.
Since 2005, the RFS has opened up the market to new fuel sources, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Advanced biofuels, like ethanol made from corn waste, emit 96% fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline and are an important part of our nation’s clean energy economy.
President Obama: Save the Renewable Fuel Standard and your clean energy legacy.
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