Governors’ Biofuels Coalition to President Obama: Don’t Let EPA Stifle Growth of America’s Biofuels Industry

Source: Governors' Biofuels Coalition News Release • Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Governors’ Biofuels Coalition to President Obama:

Don’t Let EPA Stifle Growth of

America’s Biofuels Industry

 On behalf of its governor members and other biofuels advocates, the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition has sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to take action to revise a proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule regarding the role of biofuels in America’s transportation fuel supply.

The EPA has proposed to reduce renewable fuel targets for 2014, particularly the levels of corn-based ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply set forth in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) established by Congress. In addition to the letter to the President, the GBC has also submitted comment to EPA outlining GBC’s significant concerns about the proposal.

“If adopted without significant modification, the proposed rule will have a devastating impact on the nation’s biofuels industry, improving economy, consumer choice, and energy independence,” the letter to President Obama states. The letter (https://governorsbiofuelscoalition.org) is signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, GBC Chairman; and Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad, GBC vice chairman.

In its comments on the EPA proposal, the GBC notes that the proposal will have a direct and negative effect on continued investment in new biofuels production and development of the next generation of biofuels, which are included in the RFS requirements. “The RFS was adopted to expand the nation’s biofuels industry, not to stifle its growth,” the letter states.

Citing the RFS as “one of Congress’s most successful energy policy initiatives,” the GBC notes in its comments to EPA that a number of strategies should be employed to increase use of biofuels including:

• Restoration of a reasonable credit to automakers for manufacturing Flex Fuel Vehicles

• Continued development of the Flex Fuel pump infrastructure across the U.S.

• Extending the one-pound Ried vapor pressure waiver to E15 blends

“This is not time for backward movement,” the letter to President Obama adds. “[The proposed rule] will damage rural America’s economic future. It will undercut our progress towards energy independence. It will undermine various initiatives to put people back to work. And it will impede the work states are doing to promote alternative fuels.”

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 For 16 years, the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition has provided regional and national leadership on biofuels policy development. The bipartisan Coalition is comprised governors from across the nation. The governors share a concern that the nation’s dependence on imported petroleum is both economically and environmentally unsustainable, and presents an unacceptable risk to our national security. The Coalition’s policy activities address all aspects of biofuels development and use. For more information, visit www.GovernorsBiofuelsCoalition.org.

GBC RFS Newser Comments

GBC RFS Comments Cover Letter (Final 1-28-14)

GBC RFS Comments (FINAL 1-28-14)

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