Toomey's reckless oil gambit hamstrings American security, veterans say

Pittsburgh, PA – The largest group of progressive veterans in America, VoteVets.org, is today calling on Senator Patrick Toomey to withdraw an amendment that would gut the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by removing the Corn Ethanol Mandate from it.  The amendment is being offered to a bill that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Corn ethanol represents the largest chunk of biofuels in the United States.  The group said that the use of biofuels is an important piece of the puzzle, when trying to improve our energy security. 

“There is one hard, simple truth:  Every drop of ethanol we produce is a drop of oil we aren’t buying,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org.  “And every drop of oil we don’t buy lowers worldwide demand, drops oil prices, and means oil-rich nations who are hostile to us make less profit.” 

“Gutting the heart of the RFS means literally helping to make money for the enemies of America and her allies, ” Soltz added.  “Big oil, of course, doesn’t care much about things like that.  But Pat Toomey should.  He has a decision to make.  Help his oil buddies, or help America.” 

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, since 2009, Senator Toomey has received over $442,000 from Oil and Gas interests, who stand to gain, financially, if the RFS is gutted because of his amendment. 

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 400,000 supporters, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.  VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives.   VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.

 

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