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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: July 14, 2021 03:46 PM
From: Representative Brian Kirkland
To: All House members
Subject: Oil and Gas Refineries -- Renewable Fuel Standard
Gas. Was the first thought that came to your head how high the price of gas is? This simple word resonates with any person who drives a vehicle. We have all had a moment where we drove past a gas station, saw the price of gas and for a split-second thought to ourselves that riding a bicycle may not be such a bad idea after all.
Everyone has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, including the owners and employees of businesses, many of which have been especially hit hard during this time. While we hear about restaurants and stores shutting down, our oil and gas refineries have suffered as well. Many refineries’ sales plummeted during the pandemic due to the lack of people driving.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the nationwide Renewable Fuel Standard program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand our nation’s renewable fuels sector while cutting back on imported oil. This program requires that refineries ensure that a minimum volume of renewable fuels is contained in their products.
By urging the EPA and Biden Administration to reduce Renewable Fuel Standard volume mandates, we can bring attention to the need to provide relief to refineries in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. This is crucial because if we do not adjust these mandates, refineries will continue to shut down and thousands of people will lose their jobs.
Our people have been hit hard enough by this pandemic. It is time to build our economy back up and help our fellow citizens. Please join me in preserving our refineries and Pennsylvanians’ livelihoods. Let us refine our refineries.

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