Clean energy sources support green jobs

Source: By Carol Werner, The Morning Call • Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2021

A June 7 column criticized the Renewable Fuel Standard, reflecting arguments we’ve heard from oil refiners since the program launched in 2005. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now.

Renewable fuels are a boon for consumers, who saved an average of 22 cents per gallon thanks to biofuel blends, according to one study. As a result, ethanol alone reduced climate-threating emissions by 544 million metric tons from 2005 to 2019, according to new Department of Energy research.

Surging gasoline prices after the Colonial petroleum pipeline shutdown illustrated the need to diversify away from dependence on fossil fuels — not double down on dirty fuels. That requires competition from green energy.

Thanks to the RFS, successful U.S. refiners invested in new, reconfigured plants that process renewable fuels. The statute also offers the Biden administration a powerful tool to shift America’s transportation sector toward renewables, including both low-carbon biofuels and biomass-based electricity.

By tapping into clean sources, we can support green jobs across a wide spectrum of communities and drive climate progress for the next four years and beyond.

The writer is former executive director of Environmental & Energy Study Institute and co-chair of the Carbon-50 project.