Chet Thompson


Chet Thompson, President, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

Every day millions across the nation fill their gas tanks to get to and from work, school and other responsibilities. What many Americans may not realize is the gasoline they’re putting in their cars and other motorized tools and equipment contains 10 percent ethanol, a blend mandated by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).


The RFS requires the blending of increasing amounts of biofuels, like corn ethanol, into our gasoline supply. Originally intended to provide a greener fuel alternative and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, the RFS has failed to deliver on its promises. The RFS was established at a time in which our nation’s energy supply was uncertain, but today the United States has an abundance of oil and natural gas. Furthermore, the unintended consequences of the RFS are many, ranging from increased food and feed prices, engine damage to cars and equipment, the plowing of millions of acres of land, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and others.


Chet Thompson began his role as president of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers AFPM) in May 2015. Thompson leads a staff that advocates for petroleum refiners and petrochemical manufacturers before Congress and the Executive Branch on a broad range of public policy issues. AFPM, under his leadership, works to emphasize the importance of petroleum refiners and petrochemical manufacturers and their positive impact on U.S. manufacturing, jobs growth, energy independence and national security.  Thompson holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and a J.D. from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law.

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