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  • futureripplemovers futureripplemovers Feb 14, 2014 2:41 AM Flag

    RFA: Ethanol supporters send personal, pro-RFS comments to EPA

    RFA: Ethanol supporters send personal, pro-RFS comments to EPA

    By Renewable Fuels Association | February 12, 2014

    As of today, approximately 40,000 Americans from all walks of life have submitted comments to the U.S. EPA voicing their opposition to the agency’s proposed cut to the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS). Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of comments supporting cuts to the RFS were generated by citizens who were misled by automated robo-calls sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute.

    A review of EPA’s docket by the Renewable Fuels Association revealed that tens of thousands of Americans from across the country used unique stories and anecdotes to express their opposition to EPA’s proposal to reduce the 2014 RFS volumes. In contrast, API’s robo-call initiative resulted in tens of thousands of identical comments, replete with false statements and trite myths.

    API’s robo-calls used a salacious automated message to tell listeners that more ethanol would cause “higher food prices and damaged car engines.” Outrageously, the robo-calls described American farmers as “extremists” and said “[w]e need the EPA to stand up for American families.” The automated call concluded by directing recipients to “press 1 now” to send a pre-written message to EPA supporting the proposed rule. Unfortunately, thousands of Americans were duped by API’s underhanded tactics.

    “Unlike the cold, impersonal, fear-induced robo-calls used by Big Oil to the level of absurdity, a diverse group of ethanol supporters often took the time to personally write to the EPA in opposition to the blending cuts. Farmers, ethanol producers, and other renewable fuels supporters explained in great, vivid personal detail how the reductions would hurt their businesses, families, and local communities,” said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA. “I hope the EPA will distinguish the difference between the mass robo-call responses and the in-depth individual comments written by those most know

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