Washington, DC – Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst joined fellow Republican Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley to introduce the bipartisan and bicameral Next Generation Fuels Act, a proposal that aims to take advantage of higher octane fuels to improve engine efficiency and performance. Allowing the sale of fuels with higher octane levels would increase the amount of ethanol that can be used in the fuel supply, which would lower prices at the pump for consumers.
Ernst called the proposal “no brainer.” She says The people of Iowa are crushed by exorbitant prices at the pumps and America continues to depend on foreign countries for its energy. Ernst says this bipartisan legislation will bring America closer to energy independence and away from dependence on adversaries, while reducing costs for consumers and supporting our hard-working farmers and biofuel producers.
Senator Chuck Grassley says the Next Generation Fuels Act would gradually increase the use of local ethanol at gas stations across the country, making Americans less dependent on foreign oil and less vulnerable to OPEC’s anti-competitive tactics. He says that as we look to the future of liquid fuels, this legislation can play a vital role in restoring energy independence, saving consumers money, reducing carbon emissions and expanding the market for farmers and ethanol producers.
Join Grassley and Ernst to present the Next Generation Fuels Act are Meaning. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and is co-sponsored by all members of the Iowa congressional delegation, including Rep. Cindy Axne ( D-Iowa), Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa), Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa).
Locally, ethanol is produced at facilities in Ashton, Hartley and Sioux Center.
The full text of the bill is available HERE.