Dipping a Toe Into RFS Reform

Source: By Nicole Hemmer, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

 A bipartisan group of lawmakers have begun discussing how to craft a compromise to update the decade-old rules governing the nation’s biofuel market and hope to draft a bill this summer, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports. Ethanol and oil industry sources say they’ve met with Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) on an overhaul of the Renewable Fuel Standard, but automakers, believed to be key to any deal, have yet to come to the table.

“This is going to be very hard to do,” Shimkus tells Eric. “Sometimes I think we can get there, and sometimes — I think this will be hard to do.” RFS reform is a particularly thorny issue for Congress to tackle because it pits two of the most powerful business groups — agriculture and the oil industry — against each other, and does not follow traditional party splits on energy matters. But House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said changes to the RFS will be on the House docket this Congress, giving the effort a jolt of energy.