Republican Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and John Thune of South Dakota joined several colleagues in requesting a meeting with President Biden to discuss biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard. They want to promote biofuels as a key solution for America’s energy and climate agenda. In July, Thune and Grassley tried to meet with the president to talk biofuels with the administration, but they said Biden ignored the request.
“Mr. President, biofuels are a readily available energy solution that deserves full consideration, not only for helping to stem the recent increase in fuel prices – which has subsequently accelerated inflation – but to serve as a foundational source of transportation emission reductions as a part of your energy and environmental agenda,” the senators say in a letter to the White House. “We call on your administration to utilize the full capacity of American agriculture to deliver on both fronts, and we reiterate our request to discuss these matters with you in greater detail.” Earlier this year, Grassley reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand markets for year-round biofuel consumption while also calling out the administration on the delay in assisting the biofuel industry negatively impacted by COVID-19.