Editorial

EPA betrays RFS promise

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency is betraying the promise not only inherent in its name but explicitly stated by administration officials. The people of the rural Midwest who have overwhelmingly supported the current administration have been particularly betrayed.

The EPA’s plan to reduce rather than expand the Renewable Fuel Standard is ironic at a time when there is growing awareness of the damage our reliance on fossil fuels has on the global environment, on American security and on the American economy.

For some political leaders who have placed their trust in this administration, the sense of betrayal is quite personal.

“It’s outrageous that the EPA would change course and propose a reduction in renewable fuel volumes,” U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R.-IA) said in a statement. “This seems like a bait-and-switch from the EPA’s prior proposal and from assurances from the President himself and Cabinet secretaries in my office prior to confirmation for their strong support of renewable fuels.”

The national press is paying little attention to this issue, focusing instead on the comparatively trivial matter of the EPA chief’s wasteful spending.

It is up to those who understand how vital this issue is to join Grassley in denouncing the betrayal.