Harkin: Indirect Land Use Won’t Stand Up to Scientific Scrutiny
by Dan Looker. Talking to reporters, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) said he doubts that the final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency on a new renewable fuel standard will have the same use of indirect land use that has made the EPA proposal controversial in the biofuels industry. … Harkin said that more than 100 scientists have questioned this theory. I think EPA is way off the mark on this,” he said.
Harkin said he doubts that the final rule will have the same concept because he doesn’t think it’s supported by science and he wants to see scientific proof.
“Quite frankly, I can tell you, we’ll never see it,” he said, because, with so many factors influencing land use in other nations, it’s impossible to show that biofuel crops are responsible.
If the concept remains in EPA’s final rule, “I’m relatively confident we have the votes here [in the Senate] to say no and overturn that.” READ MORE