Policy Priorities

Clean Fuels Alliance America advocates on behalf of its members in regulatory and legislative issues at both the state and federal levels. Find more information about federal policies that support the growth of biodiesel and renewable diesel and about Clean Fuels' advocacy efforts through the links below.

Clean Fuels has a dedicated team of experts in Washington, D.C. and in the Jefferson City, MO, headquarters, who can help you connect with policy makers on these issues. Clean Fuels' Fueling Action Center is set up to connect you with your elected officials with a few simple clicks.

 


RenewableFuel Standard (RFS)
Clean Fuels advocates for sustainable growth of the biodiesel market under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to include annually set volumes of advanced biofuels such as biomass-based diesel.

Tax & Clean Energy Policy
Clean Fuels supports the multi-year, forward-looking extension of the $1.00-per-gallon federal tax credit adopted by Congress because it incentivizes fuel blenders to include biodiesel and renewable diesel in the U.S. transportation fuel market.

Biodiesel Fair Trade
Clean Fuels' Fair Trade Coalition supports fair trade in the biodiesel market. The coalition advocates for the U.S. Commerce Department to maintain trade protections against unfairly subsidized and dumped biodiesel imports.

RFS Small Refiner Exemptions
Clean Fuels opposes retroactive exemptions, which reduce RFS biomass-based diesel volumes by hundreds of millions of gallons every year. Clean Fuels advocates that EPA ensure the annual RFS volumes it sets are fully met even after granting exemptions.

Infrastructure
Several USDA programs help build markets and increase consumer access to biodiesel through infrastructure grants, education and producer support payments. Clean Fuels advocates for annual funding of several important programs.

Addressing Carbon
Clean Fuels works with federal agencies, such as USDA, to highlight biodiesel’s innovative role in addressing carbon emissions in the transportation and agriculture sectors.


Focus on Policy News


Clean Fuels Highlights Job Creation and Economic Benefits in Letter to President Biden

Jul 13, 2022, 10:57 AM
Clean fuel industry investments anticipated to drive further growth in manufacturing jobs
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Clean Fuels Alliance America wrote to President Joe Biden and other administration officials to highlight the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry’s contribution to job growth in the clean energy sector. The letter asks the administration to support tax policy that encourages continued investments, capacity expansion, and additional job creation.

“The clean fuels industry increased production during 2021, making an essential contribution to the nation’s fuel supply. Our industry plans to continue increasing production this year,” the letter states. “The domestic production of low-carbon biodiesel and renewable diesel provides good-paying jobs, adds value for America’s farmers, lowers prices at the pump by extending the energy supply, and reduces carbon emissions on average by 74% compared with petroleum diesel.”

The recent United States Energy & Employment Report 2022 shows that the clean fuels industry added jobs in 2021 at a rate of 6.7% and anticipates continued job growth of 5.8% in manufacturing during 2022. Additionally, a recent study from the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Service showing that U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel production generated a 4 percent decrease in the price of diesel fuel in 2021 – a saving of $0.22 a gallon at current fuel prices.

Clean Fuels’ Vice President of Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik added, “America’s biodiesel and renewable diesel producers and their partners in the agriculture sector are making investments to expand production and meet consumer demand for better, cleaner fuels. Our efforts are paying dividends today in emission reductions, savings at the pump, and new jobs and economic growth. We encourage the administration to continue its strong support for homegrown solutions to our economic and environmental challenges.”

The letter is available for download on cleanfuels.org.

The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans.

Contact: Paul Winters, 202-737-8803, pwinters@cleanfuels.org


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