Statement by AFPM on House Alternative Fuels Hearing

Jul 10, 2012, 13:14 ET from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) submitted a letter in response to today's hearing by the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on the challenges and opportunities of alternative fuels and vehicles. In the letter, AFPM President Charles T. Drevna states:


"Free markets, not mandates, should and can drive sensible integration of alternative fuels into the consumer marketplace. AFPM members have been significantly affected by the increasing amounts of alternative fuels mandated under federal law. The challenges the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) are posing highlight the problems with government mandates and highlight the need for a different approach to alternative fuel development and commercialization.

"One challenge is the increasing amounts of biofuels refiners must blend into the fuel supply. The current size and scope of the ethanol mandate is costly, unworkable, and could make refiners less competitive in a growing global marketplace. The breadth of these challenges show that the RFS needs to be repealed, or at the very least, significantly reformed."

Read the full letter.

AFPM, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (formerly known as NPRA, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association) is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life. AFPM members make modern life possible and keep America moving and growing as they meet the needs of our nation and local communities, strengthen economic and national security, and support 2 million American jobs.

SOURCE American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers