WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) led a coalition of senators in sending a letter to President-elect Joe Biden requesting strong support of our nation’s farmers and biofuels industry, and to restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Specifically, the senators called on the Biden Administration to direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject pending Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) by applying the 10th Circuit Court’s decision nationwide, publish Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) swiftly, approve pending pathway applications for corn kernel fiber ethanol, update EPA’s biofuels emissions modeling, and include biofuels when reaffirming our nation’s commitment to the Paris Climate Accord.
“As we begin the new year and new Congress, we are grateful for Sens. Duckworth, Klobuchar, Stabenow, Smith, Baldwin, and Durbin’s urgency on behalf of the biofuels industry to raise these top priorities to the incoming Biden Administration,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “From swiftly publishing RVOs to rejecting SREs, this letter outlines the actions the Biden Administration needs to take to fulfill its campaign promises to rural America and make quick progress on their environmental and energy goals.”
Read Growth Energy’s 2021 Federal Policy Priorities here.
Read the full letter below or here:
Dear President-Elect Biden,
We write to respectfully request your administration take bold action to support our Nation’s farmers and rural communities while acting to combat climate change. The outgoing administration undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, diversify our fuels, strengthen our national security and drive economic opportunity in America’s heartland. It is critical that the integrity of this policy be restored, and that biofuels be part of your efforts to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the Nation’s largest emitting sector.
In order to deliver on these goals, we urge you to swiftly act by taking these steps:
We strongly support your administration’s goal of addressing the climate crisis and supporting our Nation’s farmers. Ending the policy abuses that were prevalent during the outgoing administration early on in your term will help to renew commitments to rural communities and drive economic resiliency in the heartland. In addition to the policy recommendations above, we urge your administration to begin consideration of the RFS “set” for RVO volumes for 2023 and beyond, guided by the important role that biofuels must play in meaningful and rapid climate action.
We look forward to working with you on this important effort.
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