According to the map, Minnesota’s biofuel sector supports 48,506 jobs and is responsible for $11.7 billion of economic output. Nationally, the biofuels sector supports over 852,000 jobs and generates $184.5 billion in economic activity.
Those are some impressive numbers. Seeing those figures can also be a little frustrating for supporters of homegrown biofuels like ethanol given how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed slashing the RFS and reducing the amount of ethanol blended in our gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons.
It’s been almost a year since the EPA proposed cutting the RFS, and we’re still waiting for a final 2014 blending number. The indecisiveness and lack of support for homegrown fuels has created uncertainty in the biofuels market.
But that uncertainty doesn’t change the important role biofuels play in Minnesota’s economy. Biofuels create jobs, grow our economy, and help clean our air.
Let’s not mess with the RFS. It’s working.