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(Tom, Oct. 25, 2013, Roll Call, “Only Renewable Fuels Like Ethanol Can Keep U.S. From Oil Dependence | Commentary”, http://www.rollcall.com/news/only_renewable_fuels_like_ethanol_can_keep_us_from_oil_dependence-228649-1.html?pg=1&dczone=policy, Accessed 7/9/14, AA)

The price of oil continues to rise and, what’s more, oil is a global market, so regardless of our domestic production there is nothing we can do to control the price domestically. At the end of the day OPEC is still setting the price. Oil still costs more than $100 per barrel and America still spends $1 billion per day for oil imports. As a result, gas prices remain high and so do the profits of oil companies.

There is a better way, one that allows us to achieve energy independence while continuing to produce energy domestically: renewable fuels.

However, just as we have found a way to produce renewable fuel at home, now making up 10 percent of our gasoline supply, oil companies are doing everything in their power to roll back any progress and repeal the renewable-fuel standard. Their goal is to reduce the use of renewables and maintain the status quo of our dependence on fossil fuels.

We must not let the special interests of oil continue to hold our nation’s energy needs hostage to the most unstable and hostile regions in the world. That is why Congress passed the RFS in 2005 — an energy policy designed to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. And it’s doing just that.

Since the implementation of the RFS, renewable fuels have helped lower oil imports from 60 percent to 40 percent. The potential to reduce our nation’s import reliance is even greater if we increase our supply of renewable fuels.

Ethanol displaced 462 million barrels of foreign oil in 2012. That alone helped reduce our dependence on foreign imports by 12 percent, while supporting some 400,000 domestic jobs, reducing prices at the pump by as much as $1.50 per gallon and contributing to the betterment of our economy and environment.

With the RFS and continued development of renewable fuels, new technologies and improved innovation, the United States can be truly energy independent.

The RFS already provides consumer savings of $8 billion annually. Furthermore, with the support of the RFS, we can continue to produce up to 36 billion gallons of homegrown fuel by 2022, giving consumers more choices at the pump.

Forty years ago we didn’t have the choice of a better way. We couldn’t break free, and we suffered. Today we have a choice. But only if we agree as a country to embrace renewable fuels and truly break free from our reliance on foreign oil.

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