Petroleum Companies Urged to Increase American Renewable Energy

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

May 4, 2012

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Petroleum Companies Urged to Increase American Renewable Energy


Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called on petroleum companies to help increase the percentage of ethanol in America’s gas tanks in order to reduce dependence on foreign oil, boost job creation and promote development of renewable energy from farm-produced feedstocks. 

Secretary Vilsack said, “The availability of E15 will increase America's energy security and spur additional job creation.  When we get to 36 billion gallons, that's going to mean that we will be importing fewer barrels of oil.  That means that the wealth that we are currently transferring into those countries that don't necessarily agree with us and are from an unstable part of the world can be redirected into creating rural opportunities and jobs.” 

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires the use of 36 billion gallons of renewable transportation fuel by 2022.  Advanced, low-carbon renewable fuels, such as cellulosic biofuel, must make up 21 billion gallons of the mandate.

About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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