Bipartisan bill would force EPA to reassess biofuel emissions

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2021

Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Klobuchar, along with four of their colleagues, introduced legislation Wednesday that would require EPA to update its modeling on biofuel greenhouse gas emissions. With Biden’s EPA likely to tighten greenhouse gas requirements for cars and trucks, biofuel producers are desperate to prove that their product can be an alternative to electric vehicles for reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector.

But EPA’s current models only credit ethanol with being 20 percent lower emitting than gasoline, while recent research suggests that new farming and production techniques have cut biofuel’s emissions substantially. “It is critical that the EPA’s decade old greenhouse gas modeling for ethanol and biodiesel be updated to fully reflect the newest science and technology,” Klobuchar said in a statement.