EPA must not approve palm oil!

Karmele Llano is holding a primate whose rainforest has been destroyed for palm oil Animals lose their habitat because of the deforestation for palm oil (Photo: Tantyo Bangun) ( © Tantyo Bangun )

Demand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not overturn their recent decision that palm oil should not be included in the Renewable Fuel Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that palm oil should not be included in the Renewable Fuel Standard because of the substantial environmental damage created by palm oil production.

According to a notice published in the Federal Register, palm oil-based biodiesel fails to meet a requirement that renewable fuels offer a 20 percent reduction in emissions relative to conventional gasoline.

The palm oil industry is vigorously attacking the EPA's conclusion, alleging it's based on inaccurate scientific assessments.

The industry has hired powerful lobbyists like the law firm Holland & Knight to try and overturn the EPA's finding that palm oil-based biofuels do not meet the greenhouse gas standards of the Federal Renewable Fuels mandate.

Indonesia is the world's largest palm oil producer. The widespread deforestation created by palm oil plantations has made Indonesia the world's third largest contributor of green house gases and has led to the mass killing of critically endangered species including orangutans, Sumatran rhinos, and Sumatran elephants.

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EPA staff were invited to Indonesia to see palm oil operations there but they were only shown the operations of the cleanest producer in Indonesia. It was a sham! It is extremely important that we support the EPA's initial assessment of palm oil as a non-renewable biofuel.

Please tell the EPA to stand by their decision that palm-based biofuels DO NOT meet the greenhouse gas standards of the Federal Renewable Fuels mandate!

All biofuels including ethanol produced in the US have similar catastrophic impacts on the environment and people. Please read

Associated Press The secret environmental cost of the US Ethanol policy

New York Times The Year the Monarch Didn't Appear

Public Hearing for the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program in Washington, DC on December 5, 2013.

Federal Register: Notice of Data Availability Concerning Renewable Fuels Produced From Palm Oil Under the RFS Program

More articles about EPA and palm oil on Mongabay

Palm oil does not meet U.S. renewable fuels standard, rules EPA

Palm oil industry lobbies EPA to reverse palm oil biofuel findings

Palm oil industry hires lobbying powerhouse to overturn EPA ruling on biofuels


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Dear Mr Levy and Argyropoulos, Ms Jackson and McCarthy

I am very concerned about the palm oil industry giants hiring of lobbying firm Holland & Knight to attack your conclusion that palm-based biofuels do not meet the green house gas standards of the Federal Renewable Fuels mandate.

The EPA has concluded that palm oil-based fuels may have lower emissions, but the difference isn’t big enough to meet the Renewable Fuels Standard. Scientific studies have shown that palm oil as a biofuel is much worse than traditional fossil fuels from a climate standpoint especially when Indirect Land Use Change( ILUC ) from carbón rich peatlands is calculated into the emissions.

I do not want the United States to contribute to greater rainforest destruction, wildlife extinction and displacement of Indigenous communities. Please let the overwhelming scientific evidence weigh over the political maneuvering of industry lobbyists and continue to reject palm oil as an option for our nation's renewable fuels mandate.


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