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Nearly 15 years ago, Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a government mandate that requires U.S. transportation fuels to contain a minimum percentage of biofuels. President Bush signed the mandate into law, and it’s been reauthorized several times since then. Proponents of the RFS argue that it will lessen U.S. dependence on oil and foreign sources of energy. But this argument is misguided, and the RFS is bad policy that hasn’t been effective or moved the U.S. any closer towards energy independence.

Troutman Elementary School recently held its fourth annual Fuel Up to Play 60 family night and health fair. Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.