Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to cut the amount of advanced biofuels required to be used next year in the U.S. At the same time, the EPA announced it will keep stagnant the amount of conventional biofuels, like ethanol, used in the U.S. If these actions are finalized, it would result in the first cut ever to the use of advanced biofuels in our nation. Loebsack serves as the co-chair of the House Biofuels Caucus and has fought to ensure that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) remains strong.
“For all of President Trump’s promises to fight for rural America, it appears he once again has turned his back on Iowa’s farmers and rural communities. Never in its history has the EPA reduced the amount of advanced biofuels required to be used in the U.S. under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Additionally, the amount of conventional biofuels, like ethanol, to be used in the U.S. will remain stagnant. Now is not the time to sit on our laurels. We must aggressively push for the EPA to expand the RFS and the use of biofuels, not slash it. Folks in Iowa know that the RFS is working. It cuts down on our dependence of foreign oil, creates jobs, is better for our environment, and lowers the price of gasoline at the pump. As co-chair of the House Biofuels Caucus, I will continue to fight for a strong RFS.”
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