Support for RFS stokes worry for US energy policy

Confidence does not zoom when a well-placed policymaker calls the desire to jettison broken policy short-sighted. Heather Zichal holds a powerful position. She’s deputy assistant to US President Barack Obama for energy and climate change, a policy helix the chief executive has made a priority of his second term. At a July 18 event in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Advanced Biofuels Association and The Hill newspaper, Zichal called the current scheme of biofuel mandates “the backbone of our policy” for reducing US oil imports. “Calls to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard are nothing but short-sighted,” she declared. She was discussing a policy that requires sales of one substance—cellulo...

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