Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) gave a speech on the Senate floor yesterday challenging the Biden Administration’s support of biofuels in general and ethanol in particular.
“Reuters reported the Biden Administration is considering ways to allow U.S. oil refiners to not meet their biofuels blending requirements,” said Grassley. “The same administration has proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies for electric vehicles but failed to include any support for biofuels infrastructure.”
Sen. Grassley noted that President Biden promised in his campaign to promote and advance renewable energy, ethanol and other biofuels to help rural America and our nation’s farmers. “President Biden is not keeping that promise.”
Grassley joined fellow Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) in a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concern over the Administration’s decisions to roll back the previous administration’s Navigable Waters Protection rule as well as rumored plans to undercut the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
“We respectfully ask that you make known to the President and your colleagues at the EPA and the Corps the serious concerns Iowa’s farmers and ranchers have with the Biden Administration’s recent actions on WOTUS and biofuels. We are fortunate to have a fellow Iowan at the helm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and are counting on you to advocate for Iowa and the interests of the state’s agriculture industry,” the senators wrote.
Listen to Sen. Grassley’s floor speech here:
Sen. Grassley 6-15-21 (6:23)