Bipartisan Senators to Biden: Authorize Summertime E15 to Lower Gas Prices

Washington, D.C. — Today, a bipartisan group of senators, led by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), sent a letter to President Biden urging him to help curb rising domestic energy costs and displace Russian oil imports by increasing access to higher blends of American biofuels.

In their letter, a bipartisan group of Senators called on President Biden to use his administrative authority to permit the sale of E15 fuel over the 2022 summer driving season, extending the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver from June 1 through September 15. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor applauded the bipartisan message to President Biden on biofuels’ role in addressing rising gas prices:

“The message from both sides of the aisle in Congress is clear – we need more homegrown, low-carbon solutions to address rising gas prices and shield American drivers from the continued volatility in the global oil market,” said Skor. “Biofuels are a ready solution to help provide consumers with lower costs at the pump. We welcome Sen. Thune and Sen. Durbin’s bipartisan letter to President Biden calling for increased access to higher blends of biofuels, like E15, across the nation and throughout the year to displace a greater share of imported oil.”

The letter was also signed by U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

You can read the full letter here.