Franken Successfully Helps Fight to Improve RFS

  • Tuesday, 06 December 2016 14:05

Minnesota Ag Connection

December 5, 2016

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a strong 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which dictates how much biofuel is blended into our nation's fuel supply.

Six months ago, the EPA proposed 2017 renewable fuel volume requirements that Sen. Franken said weren't good enough. Since then, he's pressed the Obama Administration to make the RFS stronger, and today, the EPA acted by improving future biofuel targets for ethanol, biodiesel, and advanced biofuels.

"The Renewable Fuel Standard creates good jobs, promotes homegrown energy, and decreases our reliance on foreign oil," said Franken, a member of the Senate Energy Committee. "So that's why earlier this year, when the EPA proposed inadequate RFS targets for 2017, I immediately fought back. I'm very pleased to see that the Obama Administration listened and that we're going to see stronger requirements for ethanol, biodiesel, and advanced biofuels. This is big news for farmers, rural businesses, and communities across Minnesota."

The RFS was created around a decade ago as a method to expand our energy portfolio by requiring that the nation's fuel supply is blended with renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel.

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