Heineman, Governors Group tell EPA to Back Ethanol

Source: By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief, Nebraska TV • Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014

The nation’s governors have a message for President Obama, as Gov. Heineman and 32 others tell the EPA to keep strong ethanol rules in place.

A bi-partisan group of governors is raising concerns about what is known as the Renewable Fuels Standard. A proposed change to the EPA rule would see less ethanol blended into the nation’s fuel supply.

That’s in direct opposition to what the governors want, which is more ethanol being used.

Heineman said, “The Renewable Fuels Standard has been good for America, good for the Midwest, Nebraska in particular. We’re the number two ethanol producer in America, the number one cattle feeding state in America, and that’s all because we have the water, cattle, corn, land, the resources to make that happen to feed the world and we don’t need the EPA to mess around with that.”

The Nebraska Corn Board has led the fight locally, collecting thousands of letters of support for ethanol, that were sent to the EPA earlier this year.Heineman is part of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, which includes governors of 33 states.