Coalition urges administration to consider higher octane fuel standard

A coalition of agriculture, biofuels, and environmental organizations is urging the administration to propose a higher octane fuel standard.

In a recent letter to President Biden, the coalition is emphasizing the importance of the EPA proposing a higher octane gasoline standard in the rulemaking on Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions (or the SAFE-2 Rule) now under review at the Office of Management and Budget.

The group is also asking EPA Administrator Michael Regan to request comments on the role high octane low carbon fuels can play in advancing climate, environmental, public health, economic, and energy goals.

The letter was signed by the High Octane Carbon Alliance which includes National Farmers Union, National Corn Growers Association, and Renewable Fuels Association. It was also signed by Association of Equipment Manufacturers, American Farm Bureau, American Coalition for Ethanol, and more.

National Farmers Union President Rob Larew says high octane, low carbon fuels can improve vehicle and fuel efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs in rural communities, lower prices at the pump, and open new markets for farmers.

The coalition noted that the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which manufacturers 99 percent of new light-duty vehicles sold in the U.S., also supports a transition to high octane, low carbon fuels.

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