"In May of 2020, the price of RINS was 36 cents, and in May 2021, it has now reached $1.86. I understand that this price volatility creates significant difficulties for independent merchant refineries to plan and comply with the RFS." - Senator Bob Casey
"That is a win for corn farmers across the Midwest, but at the same time is a win for blue-collar union members who work in refineries that are being bankrupted by a regulatory system that isn't working."
"Big Ethanol's political triumph was a win for the Washington political machine, lobbyists and special interests. But hardworking American families are stuck with a failed energy policy that increases fuel costs, hurts our environment and does absolutely nothing to advance the Trump administration's goal of enhancing America's global energy dominance."
-Professor Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute and the University of Michigan-Flint
"Independent refineries that provide good jobs for highly skilled workers cannot afford to keep pace as RINS have become commodities to be hoarded by the largest companies or bought and sold to the highest bidders on Wall Street."
-United Steelworkers National Oil Bargaining Chairman Kim Nibarger
"As a union president, to support a Republican candidate for president, there was some backlash. And now we're left out in the cold. It's very disappointing. It feels like the government has the chips stacked against us. We're crushed between Big Oil and Big Ethanol."
-Ryan O'Callaghan President of United Steelworkers Local 10-1
"In 2012 Philadelphia Energy Solutions paid $10 million for RINs. This year, it will spend $300 million, twice the price of payroll...These independent refiners provide the sort of blue-collar manufacturing jobs that President Trump promised to protect."
"Clearly, this was not anticipated when the RFS was conceived and passed into law. I am concerned that high RIN prices and the volatile market may lead to the closure of one or more of these merchant refiners, which would be devastating to the regional economy."
...We urge the administration to take all necesssary steps to ensure that the Philadelphia-area refineries and the jobs they support are not jeopardized or eliminated by current federal energy policy. We stand ready to assist as your administration strives to reduce compliance costs and support job creation, energy production, and national security."
-Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), and 12 other members of Congress