Grassley Says New Requirements On Ethanol Aviation Fuel Put Undue Burden On Iowa Farmers

Source: By Carroll Broadcasting • Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2024

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Sen. Chuck Grassley says new regulations from the Biden Administration and Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy on corn used to produce cleaner-burning aviation fuel are putting undue burdens on Iowa farmers. Under the Greenhouse Gasses, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technology (GREET) model, ethanol used for aviation fuel must be grown, transported, and stored under specific guidelines.

The GREET model was first introduced in 1995 to evaluate energy production, emissions, and environmental impact of a fuel’s supply chain. Grassley says the latest regulations were written by Washington, D.C. bureaucrats who know very little about the realities of production agriculture.

Grassley adds the regulations are frustrating for farmers, as they are continually looking for ways to expand their markets, and ethanol-based aviation fuel has been a promising sector for quite some time. He says it also addresses a significant need in the U.S. for domestically produced aviation fuel.

Grassley highlights that these requirements contradict the administration’s goal of sourcing more environmentally friendly energy sources.

Grassley made his comments Wednesday morning during his weekly Capitol Hill Report with Iowa reporters.