November 10, 2015
The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary
U.S. Department of State

In less than three weeks you will lead the U.S. delegation to Paris to participate in the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention of Climate Change (COP21). These talks can either be a turning point in the global effort to combat the environmental threat posed by the unrestrained use of fossil fuels, or another frustrating missed opportunity because the perceived consequences of a meaningful shift away from fossil fuels prevents decisive action. Mr. Secretary, on behalf of America’s renewable fuel producers and farmers across the country poised to contribute to lower carbon fuels here and across the globe, I ask you to be bold in Paris. I ask that you encourage other nations to follow the lead of the United States, which has the single most effective and aggressive low carbon fuels program the world has to offer – and it has been a phenomenal success. As amended in 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was the first fuels program in the world to require that liquid transportation fuels reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at least 20% compared to gasoline, with even greater reductions required for advanced (50%) and cellulosic biofuels (60%). The cumulative GHG savings resulting from U.S. ethanol consumption alone since 2007 is roughly 232 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent, equal to removing more than 5 million cars from the road each year since RFS2 enactment. Indeed, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy recently acknowledged that the RFS is a “vital component” of America’s climate strategy. Read Full