IL Corn Growers Association and National Corn Growers Association Express Concerns to the President, Build New Coalition
In a letter to President Biden, 90 trade groups outlined significant concerns with the EPA’s proposed recent rules and the need to preserve consumers’ access to affordable, reliable and efficient transportation. Interests of both corn and oil were represented among the signatories.
“We share the goal of reduced greenhouse gas emissions across the broader economy and, specifically, those from energy production, transportation, and use by society,” the letter states. “EPA’s proposals inhibit the marketplace from identifying the most efficient, lowest cost opportunities to reduce GHG emissions from vehicles and greatly restrict consumer choice. We are concerned that such a prescriptive policy is not in the best interest of the consumer or of U.S. energy and economic security.”
The letter also expressed concerns with EPA’s narrow focus on electric vehicles to achieve compliance and highlighted the benefits of evaluating a broader range of emissions reductions pathways.
“Incorporating a wide range of fuel technologies tailored to meet the demands of ALL Americans, is the best solution to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Matt Rush, ICGA President and farmer. “We continue to challenge the EPA to not choose one solution without having all the facts.”
Brooke S. Appleton, NCGA vice president of public policy, participated in a press conference on the issue Tuesday with leaders from the American Petroleum Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. The group talked about the letter and called on the Biden administration to be more inclusive of ethanol and other environmental solutions as it finalizes the proposal.
IL Corn Growers Association and NCGA leaders have worked to help EPA understand about how biofuels can help the administration meet its environmental goals for decades. IL Corn facilitated an opportunity for farmer members to submit comments to the EPA during the comment period which ended July 5.