Gov. Peter Ricketts wants you to complain to the EPA about the RFS.
The EPA, of course, is the Environmental Protection Agency.
The RFS is the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The EPA has proposed weakening the RFS, requiring the nation’s fuel supply have billions of gallons less of bio-fuels mixed in; a change which would greatly reduce the demand for ethanol.
Ricketts holds out hope that public pressure could convince the EPA to leave the RFS alone.
But, could public pressure actually change the proposal by the EPA.
“Well, certainly, the only chance that we have to be able to change their perspective is for people to reach out and let them know and just like anything else our federal officials want to hear from their constituents,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Today is the deadline for public comment.
The easier and quickest way to comment is through the Internet. Go to regulations.gov to post a comment about the RFS.
Nebraska is second in ethanol production behind Iowa. Nebraska officials say a cutback in ethanol demand could greatly harm the state economy.
The governor’s office released an economic analysis by Fuels America released this year that claims the RFS is driving $184 billion in economic activity and more than 850,000 jobs with $46 billion in wages across America.
The local impact for Nebraska is estimated at $11.1 billion and nearly 40,000 jobs. Likewise, the impact for Iowa is projected at $19.3 billion and 73,000 jobs.
The United States produces 14 billion gallons of biofuels a year.
Nebraska officials claim the EPA is reneging on its commitment to follow Congressional action in 2007 that revised the RFS.