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Every Comment Makes A Difference on EPA?Ruling

January 21, 2014
Emmetsburg News

There are only days left before you can make a difference in the fight to protect rural America, agriculture and U.S. energy independence!

For the first time ever, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed drastic cuts to the amount of corn ethanol blended into our nation's fuel supply. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) set by Congress in 2007 called for 14.4 billion gallons of corn ethanol to be blended into our fuel in 2014. However, the EPA's recent proposal reduces this amount to 13 billion gallons.

This proposed rule could have a damaging effect on agricultural communities across America, including towns like Emmetsburg that know first-hand the positive impact the ethanol industry has on local economies. Farm incomes have increased 51% since the RFS was enacted. Now is not the time to turn our backs on renewable fuels and the agriculture industry.

We are just days away from the end of a 60-day comment period in which we have the opportunity to make our opposition heard loud and clear! Before the EPA makes a final rule, they will take into account all the comments they receive. This is where you come in. Your opinion does matter and it will only take a few minutes of your time.

The EPA will accept comments until January 28th so the time to act is now! Growth Energy has made it very easy to comment. Visit GrowthEnergy.org and follow their simple instructions. Every comment makes a difference.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently said rural America is "becoming less and less relevant to the politics of this country, and we had better recognize that, and we better begin to reverse it." He's right and you can help start reversing this right now by getting involved today!

Sara Andresen

Manager Community Engagement,

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