A group of thirty Senators led by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Al Franken (D-MN), John Thune (R-SD), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have asked EPA to support the future of biofuels and revise its proposed waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
In a letter to EPA, the Senators stated their concerns regarding the proposed EPA rule to cut the RFS and the impact it would have on energy security, environment, and economic growth, especially in rural communities. The Senators said, “Congress passed the RFS to increase the amount of renewable fuel utilized in our nation’s fuel supply. The Administration’s proposal is a significant step backward - undermining the goal of increasing biofuels production as a domestic alternative to foreign consumption. Further, the proposed waiver places at risk both the environmental benefits from ongoing development of advanced biofuels and rural America’s economic future.”