WASHINGTON, D.C.— Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor issued the following statement after President-elect Joe Biden nominated former United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to once again lead the department:

“We congratulate Mr. Vilsack and are pleased that the Biden transition team has chosen such a steadfast champion of rural America to lead USDA.

“After years of public and private service to the agriculture community, Vilsack is intimately familiar with the benefits biofuels present for reaching a net-zero carbon future and the economic vitality the industry provides to rural America. He has been a tireless champion of the biofuels industry over his career and his advocacy has been crucial, including most recently during the Iowa caucuses, where we were proud to have had him join Growth Energy on tours with the president-elect and other candidates at our member plants.

“We are looking forward to working with the incoming administration and Mr. Vilsack to build on the success of biofuels as a solution to our climate goals, providing American drivers access to a cleaner fuel option, and supporting rural economies.”

A photo of Growth Energy Director of Communications Majda Olson, former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, President-elect Joe Biden, former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa Patty Judge, and CEO of Big River Resources Jim Leiting touring Growth Energy member plant Big River Resources in Dyersville, Iowa on October 30, 2019 can be downloaded here. Attendees are listed from left to right in the image.

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