At a July 18 energy breakfast forum, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal defended the Renewable Fuel Standard, saying biofuels will play an important role in the President’s climate strategy. The strategy includes creating local leader task forces to make recommendations and completing Environmental Protection Agency regulations before the conclusion of the President’s term. She also praised S. 761, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, saying the President will sign the bill should it be approved by the House and Senate.