Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy heard from lawmakers disappointed with the proposal to lower the Renewable Fuel Standard Wednesday. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson was among those in the meeting. He’s hopeful the EPA’s final rule will take the concerns of constituents into account. Peterson notes the rural economy has been one of the few bright spots in recent years. He says that’s due in large part to the RFS. Reducing the RFS – Peterson says – would have a negative impact on jobs and the rural economy – and would halt advances in the next generation of renewable fuels. Peterson is going to continue pushing for a strong RFS as EPA moves forward with the rulemaking process.
NCGA Encourages More Responses to EPA on RFS
The National Corn Growers Association is thanking the thousands of corn farmers and their allies who have submitted comments urging the Environmental Protection Agency to retract its proposed reduction in the amount of corn ethanol in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. NCGA President Martin Barbre says there’s already been a terrific grassroots response – but NCGA urges those who haven’t spoken out to do so before the January 28th deadline. Citing a deceptive new “robocall” campaign by the American Petroleum Institute that left pre-recorded messages on voicemails across the country – Barbre says Big Oil is feeling the heat due to the great response from ethanol supporters. Barbre says there’s no reason to cut ethanol and create the potential for economic havoc in the heartland when there is an abundance of corn. He says farmers and consumers shouldn’t pay the price for the oil industry’s reluctance to move forward and embrace a cleaner, smarter fuel future.
In addition to commenting to the EPA – Barbre says farmers have been calling the White House and Congress by the thousands. He notes the decision to roll back the use of domestic, renewable ethanol appears to be primarily a political decision. For more information and to make your voice heard by sending comments to the EPA the special RFS at NCGA website.
Source: NAFB News Service