Iowa Lawmakers Want EPA to Ramp Up Biofuel Production

The Iowa congressional delegation is asking Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan to prioritize America’s energy independence. Specifically, the group that represents the top ethanol-producing state in the country is pushing the administration to promote and incorporate ethanol and other biofuels into the American energy strategy. The goal would be to significantly reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil and gas imports. Russia is the world’s third-largest producer of fuel at an average of 10.5 million barrels per day last year. “The U.S. and our allies are now looking to decrease our reliance on Russian oil,” the lawmakers said in a statement. “As Russia’s war with Ukraine continues, we urge the Biden administration to expand the production and potential export of domestic ethanol and biodiesel to meet global energy needs.” They also say that bolstering America’s domestic energy production through policies prioritizing biofuels will ensure a reliable and stable energy source for years to come.

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