House Biofuels Caucus member supportive of Governors’ year-round E15 approach

A member of the House Biofuels Caucus supports the eight Midwest governors seeking a permanent solution for year-round E15.

Minnesota Democrat Angie Craig tells Brownfield the goal is to get it done.

“However it gets done, great. Obviously I think ethanol, and biodiesel for that matter, are just critical tools in the toolbox to be able to reduce carbon emissions and to be able to meet our carbon reduction standards across the country.”

Last month, the governors of Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin exercised authority under the Clean Air Act to allow retailers in their states to sell E15 year-round in 2023 and beyond.

“However we can get it done, I would support the governors’ efforts. But I still won’t stop working to get this put into legislation.”

Craig has introduced several bills aimed at expanding the production and availability of biofuels, including the Home Front Energy Independence Act.

  • To fix this issue and move on requires action at the EPA but the problem here is the manipulated data used by EPA. The one pound waiver for E10 does not raise ozone. Yes, total VOC’s can increase but it is primarily ethanol’s VOC’s while other toxic VOC’s such as aromatics still decrease with E10. Granting the one pound waiver in the real world still lowers ozone, SMOG and toxic emissions and granting E15 the same RVP will only lower it more. Until we fix EPA and the bad science they rely on, this issue with E15 will continue.

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