August 25, 2021

Contact: David Schuller

WASHINGTON – Today, Rob Larew, President of National Farmers Union, testified before the EPA in a hearing for the agency’s planned revision of the Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards. As automakers refine vehicle technology, the opportunity exists to reduce GHG emissions in internal combustion engines through the increased use and development of biofuels.

Higher ethanol levels not only increase engine productivity, they also reduce criteria pollutants and air toxics like benzene, toluene, and xylene once fully deployed. NFU has long supported biofuels, such as E30, that can be realized in new and existing internal combustion engines. From President Larew’s testimony:

“NFU has been a strong supporter of the increased use of biofuels as an important and vital component of this nation’s energy policy. NFU has long urged EPA to support rural America by promoting higher-level blends of ethanol as a cost-effective means of achieving required and improved octane levels.

“NFU asks EPA to again acknowledge the potential for high octane, low carbon fuels, such as E30, to reduce GHG emissions from light-duty vehicles today. NFU also understands this proposal to be the first of several regulatory actions to address vehicle air emissions. In finalizing this rule and developing these proposals, EPA also must consider the economic benefits increased use of mid-level ethanol blends as a high octane, low carbon, cost-effective fuel will bring to struggling rural communities, while also benefitting consumers.”

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