Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater made the following statement following EPA's issuing of the final rule regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2016:

Renewable fuels promote energy independence and consumer choice; they are a cornerstone of America's agricultural economy. The RFS is linked to the health of American agriculture and, in turn, the health of the agricultural equipment manufacturing industry, which employs thousands of Americans across the country.

That is why the Association of Equipment Manufacturers took action to urge the EPA to support a robust Renewable Fuel Standard in comments submitted to the agency earlier this year. Today, we're heartened that the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard at a higher ethanol mandate than was proposed by the EPA earlier this year.

While the final standard falls well short of the EPA's statutory obligations, AEM members are pleased that the Obama administration didn't cave to opponents of the RFS and retreat from the standard altogether.

The RFS is an especially important issue to manufacturing voters, and AEM will be working to educate manufacturing workers across the country about the importance of supporting renewable fuels this election season.

2016 AEM Chair Leif Magnusson of CLAAS Global Sales Americas shared his thoughts on the ruling:


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About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 900 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.