The corn states strike back

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI AND JOSH SIEGEL, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

A bipartisan bunch of biofuel backing senators are introduced a bill yesterday to bar EPA from retroactively lowering 2020 biofuel blending targets. The Defend the Blend Act, introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and cosponsored by Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), would prohibit lowering the minimum applicable volume of biofuels once levels are finalized for any given year. Reps. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Angie Craig (D-Minn.), and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) introduced companion legislation ( H.R. 6071 ) in the House last month.

EPA released its blending proposals last week, retroactively lowering targets for 2020 to soften the burden for refineries reeling from the pandemic and raising them for 2022. The 2020 target was a blow to ethanol backers, who say it would harm farmers who also had to deal with decreased demand.