Grassroots, advocacy efforts secure 2013 RFS volume increase

By NBB | November 02, 2012

The EPA’s recent decision to raise next year's biodiesel volume requirement under the RFS to 1.28 billion gallons was a pivotal and well-deserved victory for our industry. It also was a case study in grassroots advocacy that illustrates the impact we can have when we unite around a cause and make our voice heard.

Over the past year, biodiesel supporters sent several thousand letters to the Obama administration and to Congress pushing for a positive decision. We made hundreds of phone calls, and dozens of us personally visited our elected officials in Congress or held meetings with the EPA to demonstrate why growing the biodiesel industry is good for America. The National Biodiesel Board’s Washington office reinforced this outreach with more than 200 meetings with lawmakers and administration officials. Sixty U.S. senators and representatives weighed in with letters of their own showing the positive economic, environmental and national security benefits of U.S. biodiesel production.

As your trade association, NBB understands that your daily work can be overwhelming and that it often seems impossible to find time in the day to get involved with policy and politics. After all, that’s why NBB has such a large presence in Washington—to represent your interests. But even with the best professional advocates in the business, our ability to get things done is directly related to our grassroots advocacy. Unless our political leaders know that their decisions directly affect constituents like you, we won’t be heard. Without letters, visits and phone calls from communities across the country, our policy victories will get fewer and fewer between.

So please pat yourself on the back for a job well done on the 2013 volume. And then think about how important federal policies such as the RFS and the biodiesel tax incentive are to the success of our industry, and get ready for another round of advocacy in the near future.

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