Infrastructure package makes way for ethanol fight

Source: By Marc Heller, E&E News • Posted: Sunday, April 11, 2021

A looming battle in Congress over funding for roads and bridges could break out into a new fight over ethanol. Advocates for the corn-based fuel and other biofuels say the infrastructure package being promoted by the Biden administration shortchanges the renewable fuel while giving a big boost to electric vehicles — and they’re looking to change that as the measure moves through Congress. The Renewable Fuels Association, a biofuel trade group, says any infrastructure bill should include funding for initiatives such as the higher blends infrastructure incentive program, run by the Department of Agriculture, said the group’s CEO, Geoff Cooper, through a spokesperson. “Even under the most aggressive electrification scenarios, liquid fuels and internal combustion engines will continue to serve as the primary transportation technology for decades to come,” Cooper told E&E News.