WASHINGTON — Yesterday, during a House Agriculture Committee hearing on the implications of electric vehicle investments for agriculture and rural America, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) promoted the use of renewable fuels as a way to bridge between traditional fuel and electric vehicles, as efforts to fight climate change ramp up.
“The climate is calling on us to bring down carbon emissions immediately,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “While the future of electric vehicles is extremely bright, it’s going to take several years before every new car coming off the lines operates electrically. In the meantime, we must take action to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions from gasoline. My bill, the Next Generation Fuels Act, would decarbonize liquid fuels with higher blends of ethanol to reduce vehicle emissions, limit harmful aromatics and increase biofuels demand for our family farmers. It’s a win-win.”
Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the House Biofuels Caucus and the lead sponsor of the bipartisan Next Generation Fuels Act, legislation that leverages greater fuel octane to reduce carbon emissions from transportation, improve air quality by reducing the use of harmful aromatics and increase demand for biofuels.