52 lawmakers sign letter urging higher RFS biofuel levels

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to rethink its plans to lower biofuel requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Fifty-two members of the U.S. House of Representatives from 22 states signed the letter, which has been posted here.

The House members represent mostly farm states that benefit from the use of corn and other bioproducts in fuel. The letter comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan, announced last fall, to cut the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that are required to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.

That move has been widely supported by the marine industry, which has lobbied heavily against the use of fuels of more than 10 percent ethanol.

Last fall, 96 members of Congress signed a letter urging the EPA to lower the limits.


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