Gas prices have hit historic highs and saving money at the pump has never been more top of mind for the American people. To address rising gas prices, a bipartisan group of biofuel champions in Congress are calling on the Biden Administration to increase access to high blends of biofuels like E15 (Unleaded 88) to save Americans money at the pump and bolster American energy independence.
Here’s what they are saying:
Sent on March 9, 2022 by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill), John Thune (R-S.D), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), 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.)
“We request that you utilize any 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,” the Senators wrote. “As the United States joins global partners in seeking to hold accountable and isolate the Russian Federation for its unprovoked assault on Ukraine, we must deny Russia’s economic lifeblood of energy dominance. This will require tapping every accessible contribution of American energy technology. As you know, American biofuels are one such readily available energy solution that offer consumers affordable and cleaner options at the pump.”
@SenatorDurbin: As the U.S. looks to move away from dependence on foreign oil, @SenDuckworth, @SenJohnThune, and I are calling on the Biden Administration to help lower the cost of fuel by permitting the year-round sale of E15 (ethanol).
@SenDuckworth: UPDATE: I’m working with @SenJoniErnst to decrease our dependence on Russian oil and increase production of renewable, less-expensive American biofuels – helping reduce costs for consumers across the country and create opportunities for working families across the Midwest.
@SenDuckworth: UPDATE #2: Also joined @SenatorDurbin and others in urging @POTUS to take immediate action to permit the sale of E15 fuels—a cleaner, more affordable option that will save folks money at the pump—year-round.
@SenJohnThune: Rising energy prices affect every American, regardless of party. Rs & Ds agree: Ethanol can help. @SenatorDurbin and I led our colleagues in calling on Biden to make use of this bipartisan energy solution to lower gas prices and leverage American agriculture.
@SenatorBaldwin: American biofuels are a clean and reliable energy solution that will help drive down fuel costs. I'm urging President Biden to permit the year-round sale of E15 fuel in order to reduce the U.S. reliance on foreign sources of energy.
Introduced on March 9, 2022 by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.).
“As gas prices hit record highs for Americans across the country, it’s never been clearer that energy security is national security,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “Banning Russian oil was long overdue, but it’s far past time for President Biden to make good on the promises he made on the campaign trail to Iowa farmers and producers to support our state’s biofuel that is American-made, ready, and available to meet our nation’s needs right away.”
“This legislation will help hold Putin accountable for Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine while investing in affordable, readily-available biofuels produced in the U.S. I have long pushed for pro-biofuel policies because they are good for drivers, farmers, and the environment. It’s time for Congress to take action by passing this bill immediately,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar.
@SenAmyKlobuchar: This week I introduced bipartisan legislation with @SenJoniErnst to help hold Putin accountable and invest in affordable, readily-available biofuels produced in the US. It’s time for Congress to take action by passing this bill immediately.
@GrassleyPress: Homegrown Iowa biofuels provide a quick and clean solution for lowering prices at the pump, and bolstering production would help us become energy independent once again.
@SenJoniErnst: @SenAmyKlobuchar and I are calling for American biofuel to be unleashed with our 🆕 bipartisan plan to replace Russian oil with clean, American-made renewable fuels that are available right now.
Introduced on March 21, 2022 by U.S. Representatives Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa), Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), and Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa).
“Iowans are paying the highest prices for gas in more than a decade, and there is no indication that the cost of fuel will decrease any time soon,” said Rep. Feenstra. “Fortunately, higher blend biofuels and E15 can lower fuel prices and end our reliance on foreign energy, but we can only achieve these goals by making E-15 available year-round. I’m proud to co-lead this bipartisan legislation with my House colleagues to do just that and thank Senator Ernst and Senator Klobuchar for introducing this bill in the Senate. By cutting red tape and unleashing American energy production, we can lower gas prices, bolster biofuels production, and make our country energy independent once again.”
“E15 and higher blend biofuels can serve as a cheaper alternative for working families while helping to expand markets for family farmers, support economic growth in rural America and cut down on dangerous pollutants released into the air we breathe,” said Rep. Craig. “Especially as we work to lessen our dependence on foreign energy producers and hold Russia accountable for its unjustified invasion of Ukraine, our bipartisan legislation to prioritize home-grown domestic biofuels should be taken up without delay.”
“The solution to the current energy affordability crisis that is squeezing working families across the country shouldn’t come from Russia, Iran, or Venezuela—it has to come from America,” said Rep. Hinson. “The bipartisan Homefront Energy Independence Act will finally unleash the abundant domestic energy resources that we’ve been sitting on, including Iowa biofuels and allow the sale of E-15 year-round. This bipartisan solution will lower costs at the pump, bolster our fuel supply, and improve our national security.”
“Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has brought to light the importance of energy independence and the value of domestic energy production here in the United States. With the cost of this war hitting Americans at the gas pump, it’s time to bolster our fuel supply with home-grown biofuels,” said Rep. Bustos. “Not only would this cut gas prices for consumers, but it would also reduce emissions and support our family farmers. I’m proud to join my colleagues on the bipartisan, bicameral Homefront Energy Independence Act to make E-15 available year-round.”
@RepFeenstra: Iowans are paying too much for gas & we need to do something about it. Proud to introduce the bipartisan Home Front Energy Independence Act w/ @RepAngieCraig, @RepAshleyHinson & @RepCheri to make E-15 available year-round & lower prices at the pump. #IA04
@RepAshleyHinson: Proud to help introduce the bipartisan Home Front Energy Independence Act today to finally unleash the abundant domestic energy resources that we’ve been sitting on, including Iowa biofuels, and allow the sale of E15 year-round.
@RepCheri: As the cost of #PutinsWar hits Americans at the gas pump, it's time to lean on biofuels to bolster our fuel supply and lower gas prices. Today, I joined @RepAngieCraig, @RepFeenstra & @RepAshleyHinson on legislation to make E-15 available year-round for American consumers.
@RepAngieCraig: This week, I introduced the Homefront Energy Independence Act, which would expand production of homegrown biofuels and allow for the year-round sale of E-15 – lowering costs at the pump and prioritizing domestic energy as we divest from Russian oil & gas.
Sent on March 8, 2022 by U.S. Representatives Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa), Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa), and U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
“As a domestically produced, renewable fuel source, ethanol and other biofuels strengthen our national security and achieves the Administration’s climate goals,” wrote the Iowa delegation. “Bolstering our domestic our domestic energy production through policies that prioritize the increased use of America’s ethanol and other biofuels will ensure a reliable and stable source of energy for years to come. The implementation of such policies will also enable the Administration to reach its reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions.”
@RepFeenstra: We import 206K barrels of Russian crude oil every day. That must end. That’s why I led a letter w/ the entire IA delegation requesting the Biden Admin utilize IA ethanol & other biofuels to achieve American energy independence & end our reliance on foreign oil & gas imports. #IA04
@RepAshleyHinson: Unleashing Iowa biofuels is key to unleashing US energy independence. I joined the IA delegation in calling on the Admin to reduce our reliance on foreign countries for oil, bring down costs at the pump & secure US energy independence.
@RepCindyAxne: America’s ethanol and biodiesel can help provide a reliable & stable domestic energy source as we look to decrease our dependence on Russian oil. I'm ready to get to work on the investments we need to encourage the production of domestic renewable fuels.
@RepMMM: Energy security is national security. We need to be promoting American energy independence, support American workers and businesses, and tap into the abundance of natural resources at home to counter high fuel costs, including Iowa-made #ethanol and #biofuels.
“There’s always a political element when you look at inflation, and there’s nothing that is more in your face than gas prices. We all drive by the gas stations if you’re out and about every day…I live in Illinois and my bordering state is Iowa. We produce more corn and soybeans than any other states in America. And we have something called ethanol. And when you go to the gas station and when you see that E15 – that means that fifteen percent of that gallon of gas is infused with biofuels, with ethanol that comes from corn. And that actually brings down the price of every gallon right now by eighty cents….You’re going to hear the oil industry say that it costs money to blend ethanol. It saves the consumer money….I’m going to push, along with my colleagues on a bipartisan level to say that we need to continue the blending of ethanol with gasoline. That is a way that we can actually keep prices down.”
“We’ve been trying to get the Administration’s attention on this issue for a long time without any success. Their obsession with electric vehicles eclipses everything else, including solutions that not only would help Midwestern farmers, lower costs for consumers, but also reduce emissions.”
U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee, Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the Biofuels Caucus, today announced his support for legislation to lower gas prices and strengthen American energy independence, while supporting local farmers.
The bipartisan Year-Round Fuel Choice Act of 2021, supported by Republicans and Democrats, would permit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow for the year-round sale of E15. Under current law, the sale of E10 (10% ethanol—a renewable fuel made largely from corn—and 90% gasoline) is permitted year-round, but E15 (15% ethanol and 85% gasoline) cannot be sold in the summer months. The EPA removed this arbitrary restriction on E15 in 2019, but a lawsuit brought by an oil refining group prevented the EPA from implementing this much-needed regulatory change. Congressman Kildee’s legislation would codify that E15 can be sold year-round.
“By allowing the year-round sale of E15 fuel, made from mid-Michigan-grown corn, we will lower gas prices for Michiganders and enhance our energy independence,” said Congressman Kildee.
On Friday, March 25, Rep. Ashley Hinson called on President Biden and EPA Administrator Michael Regan to grant a nationwide Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to allow the sale year-round E15.
“Mr. President and Administrator Regan, I am writing to reiterate my request that you direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant a nationwide Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to allow the sale of non-summer fuel, bolstering our domestic fuel supply and reducing prices at the pump. I urge you to issue this waiver immediately and provide subsequent extensions of such waiver through the summer.”
@RepAshleyHinson: I wrote to @POTUS & @EPAMichaelRegan and asked them to immediately grant a nationwide RVP Waiver to bolster our fuel supply & bring down the cost of gas.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the administration to allow year-round sales of E15 to help combat rising domestic energy costs and reduce reliance on foreign energy sources.
Senator Sherrod Brown says “the best lesson here is we have to broaden our energy production and that means more E15 fuel.”
The Ohio democrat tells Brownfield it’s critical to expand the availability of U.S. biofuels following the import ban on Russian oil.
“We have a lot of opportunities to broaden our energy inputs, which will stabilize prices and, frankly, will finally push Russian oil more off the world market,” he says.
Brown, a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, co-sponsored the recent letter to President Biden.
The senators say American biofuels are a clean and reliable energy solution that will help drive down fuel costs for consumers.
The letter was signed by a bipartisan group of senators including John Thune of South Dakota, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota.
On Thursday, March 31, 29 members of the U.S. House of Representatives – led by Reps. Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Adrian Smith (R-NE), Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) – sent a letter to President Biden calling on him to prioritize homegrown and renewable biofuels in order to increase U.S. energy independence and lower prices at the pump. Specifically, the Members are urging President Biden to both immediately reinstate the year-round availability of E15 through an emergency waiver and reverse the lowering of the 2020 and 2021 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs).
“To ensure that this ban—and future actions that the U.S. may need to take to defeat Russian aggression—is economically sustainable for the American economy and American people, we urge you to consider the following actions that would prioritize homegrown and renewable biofuels,” wrote the Members. “Taken together, these actions would significantly increase U.S. energy independence, lower prices at the pump and ensure the continued success of our sanctions on the Russian economy.
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