The Biden Administration remains non-committal on renewing summertime E15 sales, while continuing to push full-scale use of electric vehicles in the federal fleet.
It was an unusual question amid all the usual White House press questions these days about the war in Ukraine.
“A bipartisan group of lawmakers have called on the White House to lift the ban of summer sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol. It’s cheaper than traditional blends of gasoline. Is that something—you mentioned a menu of options—but is that something specifically, that the White House is considering?”
And the non-committal response from White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki was that it is “In the menu of options.”
That, as the White House puts pressure on the independent U.S. Postal Service to reverse its decision to replace more than 12,000 mail delivery vehicles with gas-powered, not electric ones.
Ethanol state lawmakers are protesting. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley; “President Biden and his allies in Congress should rethink a ‘one-size-fits-all’ electric vehicle mandate. Instead, they should support an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach that takes advantage of biofuels.”
Grassley joined other Midwest senators in a letter to Biden, urging the President to stop pressuring the postal service. With gas prices recently averaging over $4.30 a gallon, the lawmakers introduced legislation to make year-round E15 sales permanent and provide a tax credit for higher blends.