The Environmental Protection Agency has flipped its official position in a critical court case for the future of waivers from the nation’s biofuel mandate, offering a signal of the Biden administration’s view on a major aspect of renewable fuels policy.
The Senate on Friday approved a budget resolution that provides a path for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package, but Republicans first used a series of amendments to force Democrats to take stands on numerous issues, including the reach of federal water regulations.
Michael Regan, the Biden administration’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, committed Wednesday to work with the agriculture community as he tackles thorny issues involving the Renewable Fuel Standard and implementation of the Clean Water Act.
Tom Vilsack is trying to reassure farmers and their allies in Congress that the Biden administration’s drive to address climate change will provide significant economic benefits without jeopardizing demand for biofuels.
Railroads that are critical to agricultural shippers have won some permanent tax relief, while biofuel producers have received extensions of tax benefits that subsidize next-generation products and installation of blender pumps.
Lawmakers can now turn their eyes toward next Wednesday when Joe Biden will be inaugurated as president after Donald Trump was impeached by the House for a second time. The Senate won’t take up the impeachment before Trump leaves office.