With E15 in Limbo, Biden Backs EVs

It was one year ago today that President Joe Biden visited an Iowa ethanol plant to announce an emergency waiver to allow 15% ethanol fuel to be sold across the United States during the summer months.

“(W)ith this waiver, on June 1, you’re not going to show up at your local gas station and see a bag over the pump that has the cheapest gas. You’re going to be able to keep filling up with E15. And it’s going to solve a whole problem,” said Biden on April 12, 2022. “Even if it’s an extra buck or two in the pockets when they fill up, it’ll make a difference in people’s lives.”

Despite the fact that EPA has proposed a permanent waiver to allow at least eight states to sell E15 year round, that rule would become effective until next year, leaving this summer driving season in E15 limbo.

Instead of taking action to make E15 available this summer, the Biden Administration today proposed tough new car emissions standards pushing the adoption of electric vehicles nationwide.

“As a car enthusiast and self-proclaimed car guy, President Biden is seizing the moment. His Investing in America agenda is expanding domestic manufacturing and accelerating adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV), including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell electric vehicles.”

In the first year of his Administration, President Biden set a goal that at least 50 percent of all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in 2030 be zero-emission vehicles, ultimately reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. A year ago in Iowa he said, “And you simply can’t get to net zero by 2050 without biofuels.”

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