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Ernst Joins Bipartisan Call for Biden Administration to Strengthen Renewable Fuel Standard

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined a bipartisan group of 14 colleagues urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by maintaining the blending requirements for 2023; denying all pending Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs); eliminating proposed retroactive cuts to the renewable volume obligations (RVOs); and setting RFS volumes at the statutory levels.

“The RFS creates competition in the marketplace, keeping fuel costs low for consumers while bringing down carbon emissions,” the senators wrote to EPA Administrator Michael Regan. “By taking the steps enumerated above, EPA can set the RFS on a path that provides stability and growth for the U.S. biofuel sector.  In doing so, it can guarantee this essential program continues to function as intended—as a mechanism for reducing emissions, driving economic growth in rural communities, keeping gas prices low, and bolstering national security by promoting an essential homegrown energy source.”

In addition to Ernst, the letter was also signed by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Ernst has long been a strong advocate for biofuels as a cleaner, cheaper choice at the pump for our consumers while supporting Iowa farmers. In March, Ernst was part of the bipartisan push to reintroduce legislation to make E15 available year-round. The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2023 would enable the year-round, nationwide sale of ethanol blends higher than 10 percent, helping to lower fuel prices and provide certainty in fuel markets for farmers and consumers.

Full text of the letter is available HERE.


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