Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed long-delayed biofuel targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program:
“While today’s long-delayed proposals from the EPA are better than the initial proposals, I am disappointed to see that they still fall short and have the potential to hurt Illinois farmers, rural communities and our state’s economy. Additionally, the proposals could needlessly boost gas prices and increase our dependence on foreign oil.
“The good news is that these proposals are not final. While I do appreciate that the Administration has boosted funding for biofuels infrastructure, in the coming months I will continue to advocate relentlessly for our region’s economy and our nation’s energy security by standing in support of biofuels.”
Bustos has been a strong supporter of Illinois biofuels, toured ethanol facilities in the region and recognizes the important role the industry plays in rural economies. Last year, Bustos led a bipartisan group of 30 Members of Congress in sending a letter to the EPA expressing concern with the proposed RFS Rule and met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to personally share her concerns and the concerns of her constituents. Bustos also met with senior officials at the White House to discuss the importance of the RFS and protested the EPA proposal on the floor of the House of Representatives.