Refinery Workers Return to Capitol Hill to Rally for Renewable Fuel Standard Reform
(United Steelworkers/PR Newswire) The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that on Thursday, April 26, about 100 workers from independent merchant oil refineries owned by Monroe Energy, Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) and PBF Energy will rally for their jobs in Washington, D.C., bringing the urgent need for Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) reform to Senate’s lawn.
Last month, refinery workers met with dozens of senators and representatives to raise awareness about how the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) use of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) to track RFS compliance threatens thousands of family-supporting, community-sustaining jobs across the country.
A growing number of elected leaders from both parties have already joined the USW, other unions and independent refiners to call for RFS reform that benefits consumers and protects oil jobs without significantly impacting the ethanol industry.
Sporadic negotiations at the White House have been taking place between the EPA, legislators, refiners and ethanol lobbyists, but the parties have not yet found an acceptable compromise. READ MORE
EPA Data Shows Waivers Have Lowered RFS Obligations (Energy.AgWired.com)
Trump Faces Pressure to Choose Sides in Fight Between Corn Growers and Oil Refiners (Wall Street Journal)
Let’s move on from the corn ethanol fuel mandate [Opinion] (Houston Chronicle)
Excerpt from Energy.AgWired.com: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue acknowledged the loss during a hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday when asked about the EPA waivers. “It’s our understanding that probably, at last count, a billion one-two (1.12 billion) gallons were waived…our concern is that’s direct demand destruction,” said Perdue. “The RVO is there statutorily for a reason at 15 billion gallons.”
In answer to another question about the waivers, Perdue said, “We had to dig pretty deeply to get the number of gallons that had been waived this year.”
Listen to Secretary Perdue answer questions about the refinery waivers from Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Joni Ernst (R-IA).