Eight midwestern governors are asking the Environmental Protection Agency allow their states to sell E15 blends of ethanol year round, even if the product remains restricted in the rest of the country.
A ban on summertime sales of E15 is set to be lifted under emergency authority granted to the Environmental Protection Agency, offering a major victory to biofuel proponents who championed the use of higher ethanol blends as a way to combat rising gas prices.
Senators pressed EPA Administrator Michael Regan to expand use of E15 in the nation’s fuel supply to combat rising energy prices, at a hearing before the Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday.
The Agriculture Department is promising to deliver $700 million to delayed pandemic aid to biofuel producers by this summer, and the money will be especially welcome should soaring gas prices dampen ethanol demand.
Farm groups and their Capitol Hill champions calling for action to allow year-round sales of E15 as a way to lessen the blow of rising gas prices got a signal — albeit a very noncommittal one — Tuesday that the White House was open to the idea.
The Supreme Court announces whether it will hear arguments in three cases important to farmers, while lawmakers put a focus on water infrastructure needs and a House panel examines the impact that a shift to electric vehicles could have on U.S. agriculture.
The Senate returns to work this week with key elements of President Joe Biden’s climate agenda in peril, while the Supreme Court decides whether to hear several cases important to agriculture, including the latest challenge to California’s Proposition 12 standards for hog and poultry production.