ACE DC fly-in underscores RFS importance to rural America

By American Coalition for Ethanol | March 21, 2018

The American Coalition for Ethanol and 70 of its grassroots members are in Washington, D.C., as part of the organization’s 10th annual fly-in today and tomorrow. The two-day event brings together ethanol producers, retailers, investors, corn growers, service and product providers, and more to participate in over 120 scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill.

“This unique event brings together a group of advocates from all walks of life, putting a human face on the ethanol industry to communicate our policy priorities to Members of Congress and Executive Branch decision makers,” said Brian Jennings, ACE CEO. “What sets ACE and this event apart is the emphasis we place on using our most persuasive and effective spokespeople for our industry; the people whose everyday life experiences and authenticity illustrate how the decisions made in Washington, D.C. impact their businesses and communities.”

This year, ACE is doubling down on the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard on rural America in its meetings with Members of Congress, along with paid advertising, and social media messaging, due to recent attempts to undermine the RFS coupled with the down rural economy.

“There is no time like the present to ensure the voices of our grassroots members are heard on Capitol Hill, as the President and Congress weigh the impact these harmful changes could have,” Jennings said. “Our fly-in provides corn farmers, flex fuel retailers and biofuel advocates—those who represent rural America—the opportunity to educate our office holders about how the RFS works for them, and how the high-octane ethanol the industry produces can help jumpstart economic growth in the U.S. if the RFS is left to function as intended by Congress.”

ACE is running a paid digital ad campaign in E&E News, a news organization focusing on energy and the environment, utilizing a voice from its grassroots membership, Marietta Lakness, a farmer and ethanol plant investor from South Dakota. Marietta represents the people who count on the RFS. The ads call on the President to stand up for Marietta by standing by the RFS. The RFS helps boost demand for crops and prices received by farmers. Ethanol production has become a vital market for U.S. agriculture and supports 360,000 jobs in rural communities.

However, oil companies are demanding President Trump and Congress weaken the RFS by capping or waiving renewable identification number (RIN) obligations. History shows undermining the RFS hurts rural America, and there is a “win-win” solution on the table that doesn’t involve dismantling the RFS. The quickest way to reduce RIN prices is to blend more ethanol by granting Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15.

For more on ACE’s fly-in background materials and to join the messaging on social media, click here. Also, check out ACE’s new RFS Message Hub. ACE will be providing fly-in updates on its social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Follow along using the hashtags #ACE18DC, #RFSworks, and #PowerByPeople.