VIDEO: Grassley Statement on Year-round E15
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a family farmer, made the following statement today regarding President Trump’s announcement that he has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin the process of allowing year-round use of E15 gasoline.
“Opening the door for year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol is a victory for farmers, Rural America and the nation as a whole. Allowing an open marketplace with more fuel options for consumers encourages competition, drives down consumer fuel costs and is good for the environment. It also maintains and creates jobs in parts of the country that need them most and decreases America’s dependence on foreign oil. I want to thank President Trump for his leadership and for keeping his promise to the farmers and agricultural workers in Iowa and throughout the nation. I appreciate his hard work and ability to successfully navigate the challenges surrounding this issue.”
Grassley is a leading advocate for the maintenance and strength of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and year-round sales of E15. Earlier this year, Grassley sent a bipartisan letter to the EPA Administrator outlining the benefits of year-round E15. Grassley has also had several meetings and phone calls with President Trump and members of his Administration since his inauguration about the importance of ethanol to national security and America’s all-of-the-above energy strategy.
Grassley has often encouraged the EPA to revise and increase its proposed volume obligations for renewable biofuels under the RFS, as well as call for strong volume requirements for biodiesel.
With nearly 50 ethanol plants, Iowa is the largest producer of ethanol in the country. Its production accounts for about 27 percent of national ethanol production and is a driver of the state’s economy. Nationally, the renewable fuels industry supports more than 400,000 jobs and added approximately $53 billion to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.