KIMT-TV 3 NEWS – Political and biofuel industry leaders in Iowa slam Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to reduce ethanol production targets.
Under President Trump, the EPA set a 2020 production target of 15 billion gallons of ethanol. This has now been reduced to 12.5 billion gallons.
US Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) issued the following statement:
âIowa is the nation’s largest ethanol producer and 85% of Iowa residents believe biofuels are an integral part of our economy. This move is an about-face by President Joe Biden who campaigned on his supposed support for renewable fuels, âsaid Senator Joni Ernst. âThese OVRs will reduce the demand for biofuel and have devastating and lasting consequences for farmers and producers in Iowa. While President Biden may have forgotten his promise to the Iowans, the farmers and growers of Iowa and I certainly have not, and we will work together to combat this nefarious policy.
US Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) added this:
âAt a time when gas prices are skyrocketing and the administration is myopically focused on climate policy, it makes absolutely no sense for President Biden to turn his back on cleaner, cheaper biofuels. The administration’s unprecedented plan to retroactively reduce blending levels for previous years is a boon to Big Oil. What will stop the administration from drastically reducing obligations in 2022? No matter how optimistic the outlook for the future may be, this precedent makes it clear that the administration is not committed to renewable fuels. It is a shame and an outrage for the producers of Iowa and anyone who cares about our environment.
âThis administration has spent much of its first year bragging about its climate priorities while simultaneously begging OPEC to reduce soaring oil costs. The biofuels produced in the country help solve both of these problems, but the Biden administration has chosen not to take yes for the answer. I don’t want to hear a word about President Biden’s so-called climate priorities again until he puts his money where he speaks and delivers cleaner, cheaper biofuels for Americans just like he has. promised to the Iowiens during the election campaign.
Republican MP Ashley Hinson (IA-01) issued the following statement:
âToday is the day President Biden abandoned family farmers and biofuel producers in Iowa. Ignoring deadlines and changing finalized mandates is a slap in the face for family farmers in Iowa, and in stark contrast to President Biden’s campaign promises to support biofuels – promises we now know to be lies and talk. in the air.
âAlthough I am extremely disappointed with this action, I am not surprised. In view of this, I recently introduced the bipartisan Defend the Blend Act, a bill prohibiting the EPA from retroactively reducing RVO levels that have already been finalized, leading to government-induced instability over our agriculture and biofuels markets. We must pass my legislation immediately to give certainty to the Iowa biofuels community that the Biden administration is destroying. “
Republican Congressman Randy Feenstra (IA-04) made this statement:
âThe Biden administration’s decision to retroactively reduce biofuel blending requirements and deliver the largest RFS reduction in history is extremely disappointing. This directly harms the more than 40,000 people who work in Iowa’s biofuels industry, not to mention the thousands of growers who depend on the market for a living. 57% of the corn grown in Iowa is used to produce ethanol. Moreover, pandemic aid – which the administration originally announced in March – is long overdue and a weak attempt to cover up its attack on the RFS. “
âThe Biden administration is embracing electric vehicles and petroleum while leaving farmers and biofuel producers behind, even as ethanol and biodiesel provide cleaner and more affordable options for consumers. For an administration focused on climate change and gas prices, this is the height of hypocrisy. “
“You reap what you sow, and right now President Biden is sowing disdain and distrust among the people of Iowa and the heart of America.”
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association executive director Monte Shaw says at best that the proposal is a missed opportunity to reduce fuel prices and carbon emissions:
âBiden’s proposed EPA rule falls woefully short of any attempt to leverage domestic biofuels to help reduce fuel prices and carbon emissions. We also have serious concerns that he is likely violating the Renewable Fuels Standard Act, especially in regards to the 2020 actions. Why the hell should the US ask OPEC for more? and free up our strategic oil reserves while proposing to undermine the one and only federal law that seeks to increase the supply of domestic fuel that reduces carbon emissions. We urge President Biden to step in and make a course correction to his EPA to realign this proposed rule with his commitments to voters in Iowa. “
âWe want to say a big thank you for the COVID relief funding announced today and for stepping up the Biden EPA to begin enforcing the 10th Circuit Court ruling on all refinery exemption determinations. That said, I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge the frustration I’ve heard here having to wait for these announcements that could have come in March just for Biden’s EPA to have a spoonful of sugar to try and help the proposed RVO out. demand destruction. These disparate actions are not related to each other and should be based on their own merits. “