Iowa Elected Leaders Ask for Iowa Hearing on Proposed Changes to RFS
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today joined Sens. Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin, Congressmen Tom Latham, Steve King, Dave Loebsack and Bruce Braley, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey in sending a letter to federal leaders expressing strong opposition to the EPA’s proposal that would negatively impact the bio-economy by lowering levels in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The letter was sent to President Barack Obama, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Department of Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack. The Iowa elected leaders also urged the federal government, including the White House Rural Council, to host a hearing in Iowa to hear directly from Midwesterners on the EPA’s proposal, which would have a harmful effect on the agriculture, agri-business and biofuels industries in the region.
In the bipartisan letter, the leaders noted:
As elected officials from a leading agricultural and biofuels state, we write to express our strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to reduce renewable fuel volume obligations and weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and we request further opportunities for citizens from rural America to inform your decisions. Biofuels have diversified America’s energy portfolio, strengthened our national security by reducing reliance on foreign oil, reduced transportation fuel emissions, given consumers lower cost options, and energized rural America by increasing family farm incomes and creating high-skilled, rewarding careers.