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  • FACT: The Renewable Fuel Standard provides significant economic, environmental, and national security benefits to the U.S., all without damaging engines and fueling infrastructure.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of E15 for all vehicles manufactured in 2001 or later. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, http://1.usa.gov/1hNujSg)

  • According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, biofuels in the U.S. support over 280,000 jobs. (IRENA, May 2015, http://bit.ly/1B9XM1s) Some sources place that number closer to 800,000. (Fuels America, http://bit.ly/19lnbNE)

  • Annual U.S. crude oil imports have dropped by over 1 billion barrels since the Renewable Fuel Standard was enhanced in 2007. (U.S. Energy Information Administration, September 2013, http://1.usa.gov/1gqUBJh)

  • Biofuels production lowered gasoline price for drivers by an average of $1.09 in 2011, according to Iowa State University's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. (Iowa State University, May 2012, http://bit.ly/JJyJJl)

  • The U.S. has enough annual biomass potential to sustainably replace over 30% of U.S. petroleum consumption with biofuels. (U.S. Department of Energy, April 2014, http://1.usa.gov/1RtWSpT)

  • Every gallon of ethanol consumed reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 19–48% compared to gasoline. Advanced biofuels can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (relative to gasoline) by 90–103%. (Argonne National Laboratory, December 2012, http://bit.ly/1r0zIYS)

  • The policy uncertainty that arose from the EPA’s delay in releasing the Renewable Fuel Standard obligations stifled $13.7 billion in investment in the U.S. (Reuters, May 2015, http://reut.rs/1Idf99a)

  • Most fuel storage tanks are equipped to store 85% gasoline/15% ethanol (E15) fuel, and there are no documented instances of E10 blends disrupting fueling infrastructure. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, May 2015, http://1.usa.gov/1JX0U7Y)

  • Thanks to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the first cellulosic ethanol plant in the U.S. came online last year. POET-DSM’s Project Liberty will produce 25 million gallons of renewable fuel from non-food farm waste annually (Financial Times, September 2014, http://on.ft.com/1RtYHDa)

  • By 2022, the advanced biofuels industry is expected to produce $150 billion of economic output and support 800,000 jobs in the U.S. (Bio Economic Research Associates, February 2009, http://bit.ly/MqpCE7)

  • Since 1976, the United States has spent $8 trillion defending its oil interests in the Persian Gulf alone. (Energy Policy, January 2010, http://bit.ly/MgdVz2)

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