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Opposing renewable energy legislation
Opposing renewable energy legislation by opposing provisions in Clean Power Plan ('The Right Road to Clean Power', API Website 2015)
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) as a “historic” step forward in reducing carbon emissions from power plants. However, a closer look reveals yet another government preference for renewable power that ignores the current contributions and future potential for natural gas, nuclear and hydroelectric power. In many ways, it’s as if the administration has charted a path forward that completely ignores the energy superhighway that is built on the back of traditional zero- and low-emissions power sources. Instead, the CPP quietly steers the American electricity sector toward an off-roading adventure down an uncertain path with an unclear future. [...] All energy sources have a role to play in supplying America’s energy needs. But using regulatory authority to benefit one power source over another in electricity generation could stifle innovation, destroy jobs and raise energy bills for those who can least afford it. [...] In the 25 states with above average emission rates, targeted switching to natural gas could reduce emissions below EPA goals. Yet EPA seeks to downplay natural gas use. This is what happens when ideology and politics trump science.
Opposing US RFS
The API is calling for the end or overhaul of the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Corporate Website, SOAE 2019 Report, p.51)
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SUNSET THE ETHANOL MANDATE The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) isoutdated and broken, and its ethanol mandates can put consumers at risk. The program should be ended or significantly overhauled. In the interim, EPA should reduce the ethanol volumes required under the program. The RFS’ objective of reducing crudeoil imports has been made obsolete by surging domestic oil production. Its goalof launching commercially viable cellulosic biofuel production has not materialized. RFSmandates for increasing ethanol use in the nation’s fuel supply could impact consumers.Gasoline demand in 2018 was 14 percent lower than was projected when the RFS wasimplemented more than a decade ago, which means there are fewer gallons available inwhich to blend ethanol. As a result, more higher ethanol fuels, such as E15, couldbe forced into the fuel supply, potentially damaging vehicle engines. Three out of four vehicles on the road today weren’t designed to use E15, based on manufacturers’ manuals. In addition, fuels with higher ethanol content can damage marine engines, motorcycle engines and outdoor power equipment.