Republicans pounce over Biden rural energy policy

Source: By Marc Heller, E&E News • Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

House Agriculture Committee lawmakers pressed the administration to expand ethanol use in response to high gasoline prices.

Ethanol plant.

An ethanol plant is seen in Illinois next to a corn field. Scott Olson/Getty Images

House Agriculture Committee Republicans yesterday bashed the Biden administration’s energy policies, saying the White House focus on long-term alternatives to fossil fuel ignores a more immediate crisis in rural America.

One by one, Republican lawmakers sidestepped the committee hearing’s focus on farm bill energy programs and questioned the Democratic administration’s commitment to rural communities, including farmers facing higher costs for fertilizer and diesel fuel.

Inflation and the energy supply crunch could be alleviated, Thompson said, if the U.S. boosts energy production here, echoing comments from several fellow Republicans on the committee.