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  • FACT: The Renewable Fuel Standard creates jobs, lowers gasoline prices, and fights climate change. The EPA’s proposal to lower biofuel volume requirements will harm a thriving American industry.

  • The renewable fuels industry supports over 400,000 jobs. (Cardno ENTRIX, January 2013, http://bit.ly/1mXYwiv)

  • Investment in the advanced biofuels industry is expected to produce $150 billion of economic output and support 800,000 jobs by 2022 if the Renewable Fuel Standard isn't modified. (Bio Economic Research Associates, February 2009, http://bit.ly/MqpCE7)

  • 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. (Source: Iowa State University, May 2012, http://bit.ly/JJyJJl)

  • Transportation accounts for 30% of the carbon emissions in the United States. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, http://1.usa.gov/1kjGFkG)

  • Since 2011, American-made ethanol has contributed more volume to the U.S. fuel supply than the gasoline refined from oil imports from Saudi Arabia. (Renewable Fuels Association, January 2013, http://bit.ly/1mQDl4y)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • The EPA estimates that the Renewable Fuel Standard as it stands will replace 13.6 billion gallons of petroleum fuel by 2022. This will displace 138 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 27 million cars off the road. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, February 2010, http://1.usa.gov/1nk5xx8)

  • The EPA's proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014 has already scuttled a $5 million deal to install more than 450 E85 pumps at gas stations across the country. (Reuters, November 2013, http://reut.rs/1gmS3jh)

  • The EPA's proposal would cut the Renewable Fuel Standard for cellulosic biofuels by 99% even though six more cellulosic biofuels plants are scheduled to commence commercial operation in 2014. (American Council On Renewable Energy, January 2013, http://1.usa.gov/1exh3xv)

  • According to the World Bank, the largest contributor to rising food costs is the price of fossil fuels. (The World Bank, May 2013, http://bit.ly/1kzPpGf)

  • The 1.13 billion gallons of biodiesel production in 2012 reduced greenhouse gasses by 10 million metric tons. (LMC International, November 2013, http://bit.ly/1fngGte)

  • There are currently 10 million flex-fuel vehicles in the U.S. Flex-fuel vehicles are designed to run on higher blends of renewable fuels than traditional vehicles, and thus help biofuels producers meet the Renewable Fuels Standard. (U.S. Energy Information Administration, May 2013, http://1.usa.gov/1hNph8l)

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