WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released the following statement regarding the launch of Americans for Energy Security and Innovation (AESI), a new organization that former Senator Jim Talent announced this morning is aimed at expanding support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). "The RFA welcomes AESI to the ongoing efforts to ensure that the RFS remains America's most successful energy policy," said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. "Former Senator Talent has been an enthusiastic and outspoken supporter of the U.S. ethanol industry. Indeed, the RFS is law today in no small part because of Senator Talent's leadership on the Energy Committee during his tenure representing the people of Missouri. He knows far better than most the rural economic, energy security, and consumer benefits of the RFS. We look forward to hearing the ideas this new group will put forth to ensure that the American public has access to clean, secure, affordable home-grown sources of energy."