Group launches online ads promoting the RFS 

Source: Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, June 8, 2015

A progressive group today launched a video highlighting recent oil spills in an effort to promote the renewable fuel standard.

Americans United for Change’s ad, posted today on its website, will be part of what spokesman Jeremy Funk called an “aggressive” social media campaign to support the RFS, which sets annual mandates for refiners to use ethanol and other renewable fuels.

It’s part of a larger campaign Americans United for Change has waged for the last year to back the RFS, which has come under fire by a strange-bedfellow coalition of oil, livestock and environmental groups.

Amid a backdrop of news reports about oil-related incidents in the month of May, the new ad touts the standard as reducing the nation’s dependence on oil.

“Less oil means less oil spills,” the ad says.

The video comes a week after U.S. EPA released its controversial proposed renewable fuel mandates for 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as the biodiesel requirement for 2017. Ethanol producers have slammed the targets because they are lower than the statutory levels that Congress wrote into the 2007 law that created the renewable fuel standard (Greenwire, May 29).