Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) praised the witnesses and Members who participated in the Republican Study Committee's Energy Task Force hearing examining the effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Congressman chairs the task force and released this statement after its first official action:
"We had a successful hearing. It is clear that witnesses and members are clearly engaged in this issue. Testimony and facts presented in today's hearing only reinforced my belief that we need to repeal the RFS. It is counterproductive to its original intention and it is time to return to a free market. Ethanol would and should still be used, but repealing the RFS would eliminate the distortions in food prices and energy markets that are hurting everyday Americans."
Witnesses at the hearing included, Charlie Drevna, President of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers; Rob Green, Executive Director of National Council of Chain Restaurants; John Burkel, Turkey Farmer and Chairman of The National Turkey Federation; and Mark Riechers, Mercury Marine, Member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
Members joining Rep. Barton at the hearing were Rep. Mike Conaway (TX), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA), Rep. Ralph Hall (TX), Rep. Scott Perry (PA), Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC), and Rep. Steve Scalise (LA), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.