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  • futureripplemovers futureripplemovers Dec 25, 2013 2:33 PM Flag

    Klobuchar, bipartisan group of senators meet with EPA administrator

    12/24/2013 11:32:00 AM
    Klobuchar, bipartisan group of senators meet with EPA administrator
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    By Senator Amy Klobouchar (D)

    The EPA's proposed rule would lower the biofuel targets for 2014, discouraging investment in the biofuel industry, hurting jobs and rural communities across the state.

    U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dec. 18 led a bipartisan group of 16 senators to meet with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to urge changes to the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2014 rule. The EPA's proposed rule would hurt the biofuels industry by lowering the biodiesel target below current industry production levels and reduce the conventional ethanol target by over a billion gallons, discouraging investment and hurting jobs and rural communities across the country.

    In addition to Klobuchar, other attendees included senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), #$%$ Durbin (D-IL), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), John Thune (R-SD), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Al Franken (D-MN), Dan Coats (R-IN), John Hoeven (R-ND), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

    "The Renewable Fuels Standard has driven growth and innovation in the renewable fuels industry," said Klobuchar. "At a time when the oil industry continues to receive billions in unnecessary subsidies, it simply does not make sense to create so much uncertainty in a sector that has helped reduce our dependence on foreign oil and is vital to our rural economy."

    "Homegrown renewable energy is creating good Minnesota jobs while reducing our dependence on foreign oil," said Sen. Franken, who chairs the Energy Subcommittee. "Today, I urged the head of the EPA to rethink the Administration's shortsighted proposal to cut the renewable fuel standard because it undermines efforts to advance the next generation of renewable fuels. We need to find ways to expand our commitment to ren

 
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