The U.S. Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis released a report “The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Economy for the American People” detailing a framework for future legislation in Congress to address climate change.
“ACE has been laying the strategic groundwork necessary to leverage ethanol’s low carbon value in the market through new clean fuel policy solutions at the state and federal level,” said American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings. “We appreciate the Senate Committee acknowledging the significant role alternative liquid fuels could play in reducing the carbon intensity of the transportation sector and our reliance on petroleum, as well as the need for new policy tools like a Low Carbon Fuel Standard due to improper implementation of the RFS in recent years.”
ACE helped lead a diverse coalition of Midwestern organizations in developing a policy blueprint to encourage new low-carbon fuel markets, resulting in “A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest” report released in January of this year. At the federal level, ACE has engaged key congressional offices to position agriculture and ethanol as part of the solution to their policy efforts designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
“Our engagement with Congress led the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to include a page from our Midwest Clean Fuel Policy blueprint in its June 30 report by recommending Congress develop a technology-neutral LCFS that would provide meaningful economic benefits to farmers and biofuel producers,” Jennings added. “Today’s case made by the Senate committee is further recognition from Congress that increasing the use of biofuel is part of the climate change solution. We look forward to continuing to engage with Congress on the need for new clean fuel policy built on top of the RFS that can further expand the domestic marketplace.”