Reuters writers Jarrett Renshaw and Stephanie Kelly reported yesterday that, "The Biden administration is expected on Wednesday to recommend for approval a rule that would allow expanded sales of gasoline…
Democratic Lawmakers Call On Biden Administration to Halt Plan to Cut Biofuel Blending Volumes
Reuters writers Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw reported this week that, “A group of U.S. Democratic lawmakers called on President Joe Biden to halt a plan to slash the amount of biofuels that oil refiners must blend into their fuel, according to a letter dated Monday.
Reports that @EPA is considering lowering biofuels blending obligations are totally unacceptable.— Rep. Cindy Axne (@RepCindyAxne) September 28, 2021
The #RFS was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lowering RVOs is like putting more cars on the road & burning more fossil fuels.
Read the letter I sent today⤵️ #IA03 pic.twitter.com/H6eEgn2r8k
“The move, which the lawmakers argue threatens Biden’s pledge to protect the U.S. farm economy, follows a Reuters report last week that Biden’s administration is considering big cuts to the nation’s biofuel blending requirements.
Since the beginning of the #RFS, we’ve never seen a proposed policy as bad as what’s been leaked from the Biden administration.— Sen. Grassley Press (@GrassleyPress) September 28, 2021
If @POTUS messes with the RFS, he’s messing with the livelihood of Iowans. pic.twitter.com/1oplBDCdm4
"Leaked view" of supposed Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) volumes expected to be proposed by EPA in the coming weeks, per sources, in million gallons. pic.twitter.com/05gNHlCTry— OPIS Biofuels (@OPISBiofuels) September 22, 2021
“While no official announcement has been made, news of the plan sparked uproar among farming and biofuel advocates, who benefit from the requirements that have helped create a multi-billion gallon market for their products.”
w rumored devastating rvo ethanol numbers for ‘20 21 22 there are 14 major corn growing states incl a lot of dem senators in those states they better get 2White House immediately 2save family farmer/biofuels industry &the environment Need to do ASAP b4 family farmers get screwed— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 28, 2021
The Reuters article stated that, “Lawmakers including Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota and Representative Cheri Bustos from Illinois said in the letter that they have strong reservations about the administration’s potential moves to cut billions of gallons of biofuel volumes out of the requirements for the years 2020 to 2022.
‘This action would directly undermine your commitment to address climate change and restore integrity to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS),’ the letter read.
Also this week, DTN writer Todd Neeley reported that, “In the letter led by Reps. Cindy Axne, Iowa, Cheri Bustos, Illinois; Angie Craig, Minnesota; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota, the bicameral group of congressional members from seven states said they were concerned about the reports.
As we await the biofuels blending targets announcement from @EPA, I strongly urge the Biden administration to keep its promises to rural America.— Senator Deb Fischer (@SenatorFischer) September 28, 2021
Farmers and ethanol producers deserve certainty and predictability.
“‘We have strong reservations about the potential for the administration to destroy over 5 billion gallons of biofuel volume from the 2020, 2021, and 2022 RVOs,’ the letter said.”
SPECIAL ALERT Dem senators in corn states need to get to White House right now or else ethanol will get screwed by rumored rvo announcement— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 28, 2021
Mr. Neeley added that, “The industry’s anticipation of the release hit a fever pitch last week when several energy-pricing services released proposed ethanol volume numbers purporting to show steep RFS cuts.”