2014 STEM Summit II - Wesley Brooks

April 9, 2014
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Cannon House Office Building – Room 441

"The Future of Energy: Making the Renewable Fuel Standard work for all Americans"

Moderated by CHCI-Shell STEM Graduate Fellow Wesley Brooks

2014 STEM Graduate Summit White Paper - Wesley Brooks

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was designed to stimulate the growth of domestically-produced and renewable alternatives to petroleum-derived transportation fuels. Given recent large-scale shifts of both global energy markets and the population demographics of the United States, it may be time for policymakers to re-evaluate the current RFS’ suitability for meeting long-term U.S. energy policy goals, and its sustainability in promoting equitable outcomes for a diversifying population. In particular, Hispanics, as the fastest growing demographic group in the United States, may have substantial interest in any new policy changes to improve the economic and employment benefits, and relieve the purported food price increases, attributable to the RFS.


Samantha Slater, Vice President of Government Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association

Brent Yacobucci, Energy and Mineral Resources Section Manager, Congressional Research Service

The 2014 CHCI Young Latino Leaders Summit Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.