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Letter to Jeffrey Zients, Acting Director and Deputy Director for Management

With gas prices in Minnesota averaging nearly $3.59 per gallon and with prices expected to increase as the weather warWith gas prices in Minnesota averaging nearly $3.59 per gallon and with prices expected to increase as the weather warms up, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) took action to help stem the rising cost of gas and decrease America's dependence on foreign oil. Sen. Franken urged the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to fulfill its duty to limit excessive oil speculation, preventing oil producers from artificially inflating the price of fuel. He also called on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to allow an increased use of domestic biodiesel, which would reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil.

"With gas prices rising and families all over Minnesota spending more than they can afford at the pump, it's important that we do everything we can to keep prices from spiraling out of control," said Sen. Franken. "The administration has a responsibility to control oil speculation so Minnesotans don't pay any more than they need to when they fill up their tanks. And increasing the production of domestic biodiesel is just the smart thing to do--it reduces our dependence on foreign oil and puts money back into local economies."

The full text of the letter sent by Sen. Franken--as well as twenty-two other senators and 48 U.S. Representativesms up, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) took action to help stem the rising cost of gas and decrease America's dependence on foreign oil. Sen. Franken urged the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to fulfill its duty to limit excessive oil speculation, preventing oil producers from artificially inflating the price of fuel. He also called on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to allow an increased use of domestic biodiesel, which would reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil.

"With gas prices rising and families all over Minnesota spending more than they can afford at the pump, it's important that we do everything we can to keep prices from spiraling out of control," said Sen. Franken. "The administration has a responsibility to control oil speculation so Minnesotans don't pay any more than they need to when they fill up their tanks. And increasing the production of domestic biodiesel is just the smart thing to do--it reduces our dependence on foreign oil and puts money back into local economies."

The full text of the letter sent by Sen. Franken--as well as twenty-two other senators and 48 U.S. Representatives:

March 5, 2012

The Honorable Jeffrey Zients
Acting Director and Deputy Director for Management
The Office of Management and Budget
725 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20503

Dear Director Zients,

We are writing to share our concern about the delay in the insurance of the final rule establishing the 2013 biodiesel volume requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). We urge you, in coordination ith the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to ensure that the proposed rule setting the volumetric requirement for biomass-based diesel at 1.28 billion gallons for 2013 is finalized as soon as possible.

As you know, EPA proposed raising the 2013 RFS2 volumetric requirement for biodiesel in June of 2011. The EPA made this recommendation after an extensive review demonstrating that the requirement is readily achievable in a sustainable manner, with significant benefits to the nation in terms of economic growth, national security and the environment.

The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (P.L 110-140) establishes a number of criteria for evaluating the volumetric requirements under the RFS2 program, including: the energy security of the U.S., the cost to consumers of transportation fuel, the impact on the environment, and the impact on factors such as job creation and rural economic development.

The biodiesel industry has demonstrated its ability to meet its RFS2 requirements. In 2011, the domestic industry produced a record 1.1 billion gallons of biodiesel. Domestically-produced biodiesel will help reduce our dependence on imported petroleum, which costs our nation nearly $1 billion every day. Expanding the biodiesel industry can also help spur economic recovery. For example, a study by the environmental consulting company Cardno Entrix indicates that increasing biodiesel production from 1 billion gallons to 1.28 billion gallons would boost the U.S. Gross Domestic Product by $1.1 billion and support more than 10,000 new jobs.

In 2007, Congress made a long-term policy determination that it was in the best interest of our nation to expand the use of renewable fuels by 2022.d We remain committed to this long-term national energy goal, and believe that timely increases in the biodiesel volumetric requirement will send important signals to capital markets, and encourage new private sector investment that will be critical to the development and commercialization of the next generation of advanced biofuels.

In recognition of the significant benefits to our country from domestically-produced biodiesel, we ask that you finalize the 2013 volumetric requirements for biodiesel as proposed by the EPA.

Sincerely,

Kent Conrad, United States Senate
Chuck Grassley, United States Senate
Patty Murray, United States Senate
John Thune, United States Senate
Jon Tester, United States Senate
Mike Johanns, United States Senate
Thomas R. Carper, United States Senate
Ben Nelson, United States Senate
Tom Harkin, United States Senate
Mark Pryor, United States Senate
Sherrod Brown, United States Senate
Roy Blunt, United States Senate
Dick Lugar, United States Senate
John Hoeven, United States Senate
Dick Durbin, United States Senate
Debbie Stabenow, United States Senate
Maria Cantwell,United States Senate
Claire McCaskill, United States Senate
Kay Hagan, United States Senate
Robert P. Casey, Jr., United States Senate
Al Franken, United States Senate
Tim Johnson, United States Senate
Amy Klobuchar, United States Senate
Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senate
Jack Reed, United States Senate
Christopher A. Coons, United States Senate


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