Senators Band Together Requesting Higher RFS Blend Targets For 2017

This week, Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and 17 other senators drafted a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency to set high blending targets under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2017. This, they said, would be in keeping with the congressional intent and follow through on the agency commitments to get the RFS back on track. The senators noted that the EPA’s last target was lower than it should have been because the agency relied on concerns about distribution infrastructure, which Congress explicitly rejected as a reason to justify lower blending targets. “A strong RFS makes our country more energy secure, increases competition and consumer choice in our transportation sector and ultimately strengthens our economy,” the senators wrote to Administrator, Gina McCarthy. New investments in cellulosic projects continue to emerge in China, Europe and Brazil, yet since 2013, not a single new cellulosic project has broken ground in the U.S. A full listing of the senators joining Grassley and Klobuchar can be found below.

 

Other Senators included in the letter:

John Thune

Richard J. Durbin

Mark Kirk

Al Franken

Joni Ernst

Heidi Heitkamp

Deb Fischer

Martin Heinrich

Michael Rounds

Clair McCaskill

Roy Blunt

Debbie Stabenow

John Hoeven

Tammy Baldwin

Sherrod Brown

Gary Peters

Joe Donnelly