Montana Senator Tester Supports EPAC

Montana’s Senator Jon Tester is in support of domestic fuel and Ethanol Producers and Consumers (EPAC). The U.S. Senator is a third generation Montana farmer who understands the value of agriculture to Montana’s economy and way of life. His Field Director Tracy Stone-Manning presented a letter at the recent EPAC conference in Kalispell, Montana:

Thank you all for your hard work in one of the more important efforts of our time — securing America’s energy independence.

Senator Jon TesterIt’s not just an energy issue. It’s a national security issue. And EPAC plays an important role.

I had the honor of sitting down with Shirley [Shirley Ball is the executive director of EPAC] in the Senate just last week. We discussed all the new opportunities for biofuels in Montana — and the economic growth and good-paying jobs it will bring. Opportunities for biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, and ethanol from barley, among others.

We still have a ways to go. We still have to dial in, for expample, the right enzymes to break down cellulose. But I am confident we’ll get there. Montana is an agricultural powerhouse and we can and should lead the way in our energy future.

As a member of the Senate Energy Committee, I look forward to hearing what comes out of this conference.

Again, thanks for your hard work. And stay in touch.

Jon Tester
United States Senator

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