The RFS-2 fight is a fight for America’s energy future, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. We can continue to embrace the status quo, committing to a future that would maintain our single-source dependence on oil without regard to the economic and national security implications. Or we can choose a different energy future, one where we embrace policy action to drive the growth of advanced fuels — such as biodiesel — that diversify our energy options and make sure we can maintain the strongest fighting force in the world.
As someone who served this country, I choose the latter.
I call upon the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the proposed reduction targets and continue moving forward with robust policies that provide alternatives to our dangerous dependence on oil and strengthen the renewable fuels industry in America. When it comes to creating a more secure energy future — and at a time when these clean, homegrown fuels are taking off — we shouldn’t be hobbling the industry.
Brett Hunt is a former captain in the U.S. Army. He is an active supporter and spokesman for the clean energy campaign Operation Free.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.