Biofuels Supporters Buoyed after Meetings with Lawmakers
by Zack Coleman (The Hill/E2Wire) …Tom Buis, the CEO of biofuels industry group Growth Energy, said the “170-some appointments” biofuels proponents held Monday through Wednesday assured him of bipartisan and administration commitment to the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
“I think they all came away really, really pleased with the visits,” Buis said of biofuels proponents. “I think people on Capitol Hill understand that this is the only really significant energy policy Congress has had in 40 years.”
…“Our message is not toward Democrats or Republicans or independents — it’s toward everyone,” Buis said at a Wednesday press conference in response to a question from The Hill. “We’re nonpartisan, we have tremendous support on the Democratic and on the Republican side. … We don’t want to make it a partisan message.”
RFA confirmed Wednesday with The Hill that it had retained Glover Park Group. It disputed reports that it would focus on outreach to Democrats, saying the RFA would work with both parties.
…Glover Park Group is no stranger to biofuels. The Grocery Manufacturers Association hired the firm to wage a 2008 campaign against corn ethanol, according to federal lobby disclosure records. READ MORE