July 5, 2017
Sen. Al Franken issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets for 2018.
The new proposal would allow the biofuel industry to blend 4.24 billion gallons of advanced biofuels-like biodiesel-and 15 billion gallons of ethanol into our nation's fuel supply during 2018.
"The Renewable Fuel Standard creates good jobs, promotes homegrown energy, and decreases our nation's reliance on foreign oil," said Sen. Franken. "While I'm pleased that the administration plans to maintain the 15 billion gallon target for conventional ethanol, the targets for biodiesel and other advanced biofuels fall short of what the industry is capable of producing. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has said the final rule will be out by the end of November, and I'll be doing everything I can to push the administration to strengthen the RFS for producers in Minnesota and across our nation."
The RFS was created as a way to expand our country's energy portfolio by requiring that gasoline is blended with renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel.
Read the original release: Sen. Franken’s Statement on the Proposed 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard Targets