Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley on the Importance of Renewable Fuels

Oct 22, 2020
Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On the Importance of Renewable Fuels
Thursday, October 22, 2020
 
Throughout my tenure in the Senate, I have been a leader in promoting renewable energy sources.
 
This leads to a cleaner environment and increases America’s energy independence.
 
But it is concerning to see legislation from progressive members of Congress that would eliminate internal combustion engine vehicles like the vast majority of us drive.
 
In other words, we will all have to buy electric cars. This is supposed to help the environment, but remember, most electrical generation is from fossil fuels.
 
There are more practical solutions available. Currently, renewable fuels can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent, but they would be totally eliminated under this extreme bill.
 
By adding more ethanol and biodiesel to our energy mix, we can reduce emissions while still keeping transportation costs low for working families.
 
I ask my colleagues across the aisle to abandon this radical scheme. If they want a cleaner environment then they should look to renewable fuels produced in our nation’s heartland.
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