Sen. Bennet, dozens of others sign letter urging EPA to set RFS volumes promoting economic opportunity, biofuels
The Colorado Corn Growers Association this week applauded U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and the dozens of other senators who signed on to a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed rule for setting blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2017. In the letter, Bennet and other senators urged the EPA to ensure that the final rule promotes growth in U.S. biofuels and domestic economic opportunity.
As was written in the letter, “the stability of the policy (RFS) has led to hundreds of millions of dollars in investments in the biofuels sector. America’s production capacity has expanded more than threefold since 2005 with fuels such as biodiesel, cellulosic, recycle waste, algal and other advanced biofuels. The biofuel industry supports hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the country, reduces the environmental impact of our transportation and energy sectors, and cuts our reliance on foreign oil.”
However, “as a result of the Agency’s consideration of distribution infrastructure when setting the Renewable Volumes Obligation (RVO) for 2014, 2015 and 2016 — contrary to the clearly defined waiver authority provided by Congress — biofuel investment has fallen and projects are moving overseas,” the letter continued.
“We cannot afford to cede our leadership position in the world. A strong RFS, and more biofuels, make our country more secure. It increases competition and choice, strengthening our economy. We urge you to take the opportunity to get the program back on track by setting blending targets where Congress intended and by removing the distribution waiver.”
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee. The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and agriculture in general. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in the state) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors. See more about the work of the two organizations atwww.coloradocorn.com.