April 22, 2015
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Dear EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy:
The Truman National Security Project and Operation Free recently premiered the documentary film, THE BURDEN: Fossil Fuel, the Military, & National Security. This powerful movie demonstrated the national security importance of advanced biofuels and the dangers of our over-reliance on petroleum.
At the premiere, we asked members of the audience to sign a petition to the EPA and the White House in support of the Renewable Fuels Standard. We took this action because America’s commitment to renewable fuels is critical to our nation’s security.
We encourage you to review the petition, and consider the views of these 219 individuals – many of whom are leaders in the movement to end our dependence on fossil fuels.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Truman National Security Project
Petition to EPA and White House
As advocates of a strong national defense for the United States, we are writing in support of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) – particularly as it applies to biodiesel and other advanced biofuels.
We hope the Environmental Protection Agency will work with the White House and the Congress to quickly pass a robust RFS that allows for the continued growth and expansion of the advanced biofuels industry in the United States.
Tonight, the Truman National Security Project and Operation Free premiered the documentary film: THE BURDEN: Fossil Fuel, the Military, & National Security. This powerful movie demonstrated the national security importance of advanced biofuels and the dangers of our over-reliance on petroleum. This is why the RFS is critical to our nation’s security:
- First, by reducing America’s single-source dependence on fossil fuels, the availability of advanced biofuels helps free our energy supply from the manipulation of oil-producing foreign powers. It also reduces the price of oil – a globally traded commodity whose profits enrich many of America’s adversaries.
- Second, advanced biofuels can greatly reduce our emission of greenhouse gasses. This will slow the pace of climate change, which, according to the Department of Defense, accelerates and exacerbates instability and violent conflict around the world.
- Third, as the largest institutional consumer of oil in the world, the United States military knows that a diverse energy supply, including options like advanced biofuels, is mission-critical. Investing in alternatives to oil reduces our military’s dependence on the adversarial nations that can control the costs of and access to essential energy resources.
We understand that implementing the RFS is a complicated process. Nonetheless, the final rule should continue to grow this vital industry, to attract investment and ensure that oil companies cannot escape their obligations under the law to blend and distribute renewable fuels. Unfortunately, moving slowly on a robust RFS for advanced biofuels leaves our national security vulnerable.