States Urge Federal Support for Renewable Fuel Standard

Once again, states are taking the lead on an issue with national impact. Six Midwestern governors have called for the Obama administration to support the renewable fuels industry. Specifically, the governors of Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska are asking the EPA to “increase biodiesel volume to reflect current production levels, modify the cellulosic target to match production expectations, and reinstate the statutory conventional renewable fuel target.” The EPA has proposed cutting the amount of renewable fuels in the U.S. fuel supply next year by 3 billion gallons, including reducing corn-based ethanol use by 1.4 billion gallons and freezing biodiesel at levels below current production. Without a comprehensive national energy policy, this one step forward-one step back movement toward an emissions-reducing fuel industry will continue. The federal government should be speeding up, not slowing down progress toward a U.S. energy future powered by renewable sources. 

John Howell, Editorial Director