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Axne, Bustos, Craig and Klobuchar lead members in seven states to urge administration to increase use of biofuels

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Today, Women of Congress Cindy Axne (IA-03), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Angie Craig (MN-02) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) led a bicameral group of members of Congress spanning seven states in a letter urging the administration to increase the use of biofuels and reject any reduction in biofuel blending requirements.

After recent reports that the Administration may consider reducing Renewable Energy Volume (RVO) obligations, the group expressed serious concerns about the damage that a reduction in biofuel use could cause to the targets of the Administration in terms of clean energy and the economic stability of the renewable fuels market.

“We have strong reservations about the administration’s potential to destroy more than 5 billion gallons of biofuel volume from RVO 2020, 2021 and 2022. This action would directly undermine your commitment to tackle climate change and restore the integrity of the renewable fuels standard (RFS) ”, the letter indicates. “Every gallon of biofuel that is blended into our nation’s fuel supply replaces one gallon of oil and reduces carbon emissions… Reducing biofuel blending requirements will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

“Rather than exempting refiners from their obligations under the Clean Air Act, we urge the administration to provide additional certainty and stability to the renewable fuels market by issuing solid RVOs for 2021 and 2022, and denying to return gallons of RVO 2020. These actions will create jobs, boost US investment and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. “

The letter was also signed by Representatives Mark Pocan, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Bobby Rush, David Scott, Tim Ryan and Ron Kind, and Senators Dick Durbin, Tammy Duckworth, Tina Smith, Tammy Baldwin and Debbie Stabenow.

In June, Axne, Bustos, Craig and Klobuchar also led 12 bicameral colleagues in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Economic Council (NEC) expressing concern over reports that agencies are considering exempting petroleum refiners from their obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) of the Clean Air Act.

The text of the letter is below and can be found here:

Dear President Biden and Mrs. McCarthy:

Thank you for your work in decarbonizing our nation’s transportation sector and helping the United States achieve a clean energy future. Your efforts are essential to maintaining the competitiveness of the United States around the world while strengthening well-paying union jobs here with us.

We write today with serious concerns about recent reports that the administration is considering a significant reduction in the annual biofuel blending requirements known as Renewable Volume Bonds (RVOs). Specifically, we have strong reservations about the potential for the administration to destroy more than 5 billion gallons of biofuel volume from RVO 2020, 2021 and 2022. This action would directly undermine your commitment to tackle climate change and restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

The RFS was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the automotive transport sector, diversify our fuel supply, strengthen our national security and generate economic opportunities. When allowed to operate as Congress intended, RFS achieved these goals while serving as an economic engine behind a booming biobased manufacturing sector in rural America and a biofuels industry with a chain of 100% American supply and union density higher than the national average.

Every gallon of biofuel that is blended into our nation’s fuel supply displaces one gallon of oil and reduces carbon emissions. Numerous studies from academic institutions, federal agencies, and national laboratories have confirmed that corn ethanol (46 percent), cellulosic ethanol (70 to 126 percent), and biodiesel (66 to 79 percent) ) consume less carbon than gasoline and diesel. Reducing biofuel blending requirements will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

Congress clearly wanted RFS to be forward-looking policy to spur investment in biofuel production, lead to the next generation of advanced biofuels, and fuel a clean energy agenda for decades. Rather than exempting refiners from their obligations under the Clean Air Act, we urge the Administration to provide additional certainty and stability to the renewable fuels market by issuing solid RVOs for 2021 and 2022, and refusing to return all gallons of RVO 2020. These actions will create jobs, boost US investment and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector.

Once again, we appreciate your work in addressing the climate crisis, and we urge you to reject any action that would reduce RVOs or exempt oil refiners from their obligations under the RFS.

We look forward to working with you on this important issue.


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