Harkin drops indirect land use amendment
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin has apparently backed off on his attempt to stop the EPA from using international indirect land use change theories in calculating the greenhouse gas emissions of biofuels. That according to a DTN report.
Harkin and six other senators (including Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ben Nelson of Nebraska) had proposed an amendment to the Interior appropriations bill that would have stopped EPA from using any of its money during fiscal year 2010 to implement the indirect land use change analysis. But a Harkin spokesman tells DTN that the senator has decided not to press forward with the amendment after receiving a letter of assurance from EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. In the letter, Jackson told Harkin that she recognizes the uncertainty surrounding the indirect land use calculations and promises to quantify them.