WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, joined Iowa’s Republican U.S. Reps. Ashley Hinson (IA 01), Marianette Miller-Meeks (IA 02), and Randy Feenstra (IA 04) in urging President Joe Biden to uphold his promise to support biofuels.
President Biden previously pledged to “promote and advance renewable energy, ethanol, and other biofuels to help rural America.” However, the administration’s proposed infrastructure bill would spend $174 billion to subsidize electric vehicles while hardly mentioning the biofuel industry.
In the letter, the Iowa members write, “It is our hope that your administration will come to the table to support the proven solution that biofuels provide to reduce carbon emissions in the transportation sector as quickly as possible. The administration should support flex-fuel vehicles and cost-effective infrastructure improvements that will pave the way to higher biofuel blends.”
The members also urged President Biden to recognize the ability for biofuels to be a permanent clean energy solution as developments in farming practices and carbon capture technology are moving biofuels closer to becoming net carbon negative.
“Biofuels provide an immediate solution to help decarbonize our transportation sector while supporting rural America and providing a low carbon, cost effective choice to consumers,” the letter continued. “Biofuels should not be treated as a transition fuel, but prioritized as a fuel of the future.”
Read the full letter below:iowa-biofuel-letter-to-president-biden-5.25.21-1-