When President Joe Biden was sworn into office, the biofuels industry had a handful of campaign trail quotes in its back pocket and a fresh sense of optimism about the federal government’s governance of the biofuels mandate. So far, that optimism hasn’t been met with corresponding action.
Lawmakers joined biofuel industry officials in ripping the Environmental Protection Agency for delays in releasing its biofuel blending mandates, with one Republican congressman saying it comes close to qualifying as a “broken campaign promise.”
America’s corn and soybean farmers are on the precipice of a whole new market for their commodities. If Congress comes through, farmers will be helping fuel the airplanes that crisscross the world’s skies by providing the feedstocks for sustainable aviation fuels.
USDA is putting $75 million into 15 projects around the country that are led by private organizations or state governments and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide other environmental benefits.
The Biden administration is considering a multi-year reduction to the nation’s biofuel mandate, a move that would surely anger farmers and biofuel interests hoping to see stronger support for the program.
The Department of Agriculture is trying to help rural communities reduce energy bills and impacts to climate by investing $464 million to enhance renewable energy infrastructure, officials said Thursday.
House Democrats are proposing historic funding for conservation programs, agricultural research, renewable energy and forestry and other climate-related priorities as part of a $3.5 trillion tax and spending package.
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose trimming biofuel usage mandates for 2021, while increasing the renewable volume obligations for next year, a Capitol Hill source confirmed to Agri-Pulse.