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Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Reject Reduction in Biofuel Blending Requirements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), and Cindy Axne (D-IA) led a bicameral group of 11 of their colleagues, including Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), in a letter urging the Biden administration to reject any significant reduction in biofuel blending requirements.

After recent reports that the Biden administration may be considering lowering the Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs), the group raised serious concerns about the harm a reduction in biofuels usage could cause to the Biden administration’s clean energy goals and economic stability of the renewable fuels marketplace.

“We have strong reservations about the potential for the Administration to destroy over 5 billion gallons of biofuel volume from the 2020, 2021, and 2022 RVOs. This action would directly undermine your commitment to address climate change and restore integrity to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS),” the legislators wrote. “Every gallon of biofuels that is blended into our nation’s fuel supply displaces a gallon of oil and cuts carbon emissions…Reducing biofuel blending requirements will increase greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Rather than exempting refiners of their obligations under the Clean Air Act, we urge the Administration to provide additional certainty and stability to the renewable fuels marketplace by issuing strong RVOs for 2021 and 2022, and declining to remand any gallons from the 2020 RVO. These actions will create jobs, drive American investment, and cut carbon emissions from the transportation sector.”

The letter was also signed by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Ron Kind (D-WI), and David Scott (D-GA).

In June, Klobuchar, Bustos, Axne, and Craig also led 12 bicameral colleagues in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Economic Council (NEC) expressing concern about reports that the agencies were considering exempting oil refiners of their obligations under the Clean Air Act’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).