Last updated on: 10/13/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Renewable Fuels Association Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Solving the energy crisis facing this nation will require the legendary innovative and entrepreneurial spirit for which Americans are famous. Fortunately, Americans are more than capable of solving this challenge. In fact, we have already begun the hard work needed to secure our energy future by expanding the production and use of domestic renewable fuels like ethanol.

Ethanol is helping lead the way today by reducing oil imports, creating jobs, addressing the challenges of global climate change, and helping keep gas prices down. America’s ethanol producers are also on the cutting edge, developing new processes and technologies that will allow for the production of a wide range of renewable fuels from a broad array of feedstocks.

Meeting the energy, environmental and economic challenges facing this nation must be addressed head on. No one is going to do it for us. America’s energy future starts right here at home.”

“Americas Energy Future Starts at Home,” www.ethanolrfa.org (accessed Oct. 9, 2008)

Description:

“As the national trade association for the U.S. ethanol industry, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) promotes policies, regulations and research and development initiatives that will lead to the increased production and use of fuel ethanol. RFA membership includes a broad cross-section of businesses, individuals and organizations dedicated to the expansion of the U.S. fuel ethanol industry.

Organized in 1981, RFA serves as the voice of the ethanol industry, providing advocacy, authoritative analysis, and important industry data to its members, Congress, federal and state government agencies, strategic partners, the media and other opinion-leader audiences.

The RFA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of a representative from each producer member. The Board meets several times a year to set Association policy. RFA producer members represent 90% of U.S. ethanol production.”

“About RFA,” www.ethanolrfa.org (accessed Oct. 9, 2008)

Mission:

“Promote federal, state and local government policies, programs and initiatives that encourage expanded ethanol use.

Provide technically accurate and timely information to auto manufacturers and technicians, the media, policy makers, marketers and refiners, and the general public.

Participate in educational activities to increase public awareness regarding renewable fuels and the positive contribution they make to American energy independence, the economy and the environment.

Provide RFA members with the information necessary for informed business decisions.”

“About RFA,” www.ethanolrfa.org (accessed Oct. 9, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Will the Development of Biofuels, Such as Ethanol, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
  2. Does Ethanol Generate More Energy Than the Amount Needed to Produce It?