Farmers Push for Support of Renewable Fuels
(Public News Service) Farmers in North Dakota and across the country are pushing policymakers in Washington to support renewable fuels.
The National Farmers Union, in conjunction with the North Dakota Farmers Union and counterparts in other states, wants Congress and the Trump administration to expand the market for ethanol blends and advanced biofuels. However, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering doing just the opposite, with a proposal to lower the amount of biofuel required in the Renewable Fuel Standard program.
Anne Steckel, biofuels adviser for the National Farmers Union, said the abundant Midwest crops of corn and soybeans prop up rural communities.
“It’s incredibly important that both of those fuels and usage of those fuels continues to grow,” she said. “They’ve been very supportive of the farm economy and to rural America.”
During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to defend the RFS, but EPA chief Scott Pruitt has said reducing biofuels in the program would save money for the oil and gas industry. The EPA is accepting public comment through Thursday on its proposal to reduce the amount of biofuels in the RFS.
Steckel pushed back against claims that ethanol blends are bad for cars, saying national energy labs have proved that isn’t the case and that the fuels are used extensively throughout the Midwest. READ MORE
State associations launch online petitions to stop EPA proposal (Biodiesel Magazine)
Grassley, farmers, biodiesel producers speak out on EPA proposal (Biodiesel Magazine)
Industry in Full Court Press on DC Priorities (Biodiesel Magazine)
Excerpt from Biodiesel Magazine: The California Biodiesel Alliance is working with the National Biodiesel Board “to bombard the office of the EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, with strong messages that it is not okay to do Big Oil’s bidding by cutting RFS volumes even further than the already unacceptably low proposed levels.”
The CBA is asking supporters to send a prewritten letter of comment to Pruitt, and then to write the White House to protect biodiesel volumes under the RFS.
“The president’s fingerprints aren’t on this NODA per se, so the editable template letter politely reminds him of his campaign promises to support the RFS,” the CBA stated.
The comment period closes Oct. 19. READ MORE