96 representatives sign on to ethanol letter
By Jonathan Sweet
October 18, 2013
Filed under News
Nearly 100 members of Congress have signed a bipartisan letter asking their colleagues to support lower levels of renewable fuel, specifically ethanol.
The letter is supported by many in the marine industry, including the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boat US. Twenty-one other groups including dairy farmers, poultry farmers and snowmobile manufacturers have signed on.
The letter was circulated by four representatives: Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.; Jim Costa, D-Calif.; Peter Welch, D-Vt.; and Steve Womack, R-Ark. The group is asking the EPA to lower the levels currently required by the RFS, saying those levels are not achievable. The RFS mandates 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel be used by 2020, with as much as 15 billion gallons from corn ethanol.
A total of 96 representatives have signed the letter, which is scheduled to go out today to the rest of Congress.
From the letter:
“Last month, EPA conceded that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will soon require more ethanol be blended into gasoline than can be safely blended into gasoline. Given this reality, we must urge the EPA to adjust the normally rigid RFS to recognize market conditions and realities. …
Prompt action by the EPA can help to ease short supply concerns, prevent engine damage, save jobs across many U.S. industries, and keep families fed. Now is the time to use this authority to reduce the RFS.”