Farm Bureau to EPA: Proposed rule would hurt biofuel market and environment
Washington—American Farm Bureau today called on the Environmental Protection Agency to rethink its rule to reduce renewable fuels in the nation’s gasoline supply. Nebraska Farm Bureau President and AFBF Board Member Steve Nelson, Iowa Farm Bureau’s Charlie Norris and Illinois Farm Bureau’s Wayne Anderson called the rule groundless and harmful at a special field hearing in Kansas City, Kansas.
“EPA’s decision not to follow the intent of Congress when it developed the RFS in 2007 is highly disappointing to all of agriculture,” Nelson, a corn and soybean farmer, said. “This proposal is a step in the wrong direction and ignores the benefits ethanol and biofuels have provided Nebraska’s rural economy and the nation as a whole.”
Iowa’s Norris, who grows corn and soybeans, said “EPA’s rationale for this proposed rule is flawed. The renewable fuel standard has already met and surpassed all of its intended goals, and the EPA should continue to follow the volumes specified in the law.”
Anderson, a grain farmer in Geneseo, Illinois, added, “Congress took a bold step when our country recognized the need to rely more on domestically produced, environmentally friendly bio-based fuels. Ethanol and biofuels are fulfilling that promise.”
The RFS has reduced air pollution and our dependence on foreign oil while increasing farm incomes and creating jobs across rural America. AFBF believes this is a success story EPA should be promoting, not undercutting, for the good of the nation’s environment and economy.