Sen. Tina Smith Stands up for Minnesota Jobs & American Energy Independence, Presses White House to Preserve Strong Renewable Fuel Standard

U.S. Senator Tina Smith is calling on the White House to support Minnesota’s rural communities and American energy independence by maintaining a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the federal program that sets the level of biofuels—like ethanol and biodiesel—that are blended into our nation’s fuel supply.

After a series of postponed meetings between the White House and U.S. biofuel producers—sparking fears that there may be an attempt to weaken the RFS—Sen. Smith is urging the Administration’s top energy officials to come together with renewable energy leaders and discuss how to preserve and protect the program.

“I fought for a spot on the Senate Agriculture Committee because I want to do my part to help Minnesota’s ag economy grow—and because I want to see our rural communities, farmers, clean energy producers, and agribusinesses thrive,” said Sen. Smith. “We can’t make that a reality without a strong Renewable Fuel Standard. The RFS supports thousands of local jobs and helps lead to billions of dollars in economic activity, it cuts our dependence on foreign oil, and it helps reduce the environmental impact of energy. I strongly urge the White House to get on board with championing the RFS—our family farmers and clean energy producers depend on this critical program.”