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Biofuels included in House Climate Crisis Action Plan

The U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is recommending biofuels be part of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In a new report meant to guide future climate change legislation, the committee proposed building on the existing Renewable Fuel Standard with a low-carbon fuel standard.

American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings describes it as a performance-based metric that could help spur increased use of ethanol, biodiesel, and other renewable fuels.

He says the Congressional action plan reflects many of the recommendations ACE made in January with its Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest report.

“And ultimately this means farmers are going to have a seat at the table when it comes to developing this kind of policy, and renewable fuels producers are going to as well.”

Jennings tells Brownfield ACE does not endorse every aspect of the more than 600-page report.  He says his biggest concern is the committee’s aggressive promotion of what it refers to as zero-emission vehicles.

“And that’s sort of code language for electrifying the entire fleet.”

Jennings doesn’t have a problem with more electric vehicles on the road, but he says it’s misleading to suggest they are zero emission when a significant portion of electricity generation continues to have lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions.

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