Obama energy adviser rejects calls to end biofuels mandate
WASHINGTON, July 18
WASHINGTON, July 18 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's energy and climate adviser on Thursday dismissed calls by critics, including oil companies and some Republican lawmakers, to repeal a federal mandate for the use of renewable fuels.
"Calls to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are nothing but short-sighted," Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change, said at an event in Washington sponsored by "The Hill," a media outlet that covers Congress and the White House.
Zichal said the RFS, which calls for increasing amounts of biofuels to be blended into U.S. gasoline and diesel supplies, plays a key role in the administration's push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slash oil imports.
(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)