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Heitkamp: Biofuels important to N.D.’s energy production

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, participated in a Senate hearing where she reinforced the importance of biofuels to building a strong all-of-the-above energy strategy, and highlighted the need for policies that support biofuels.

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry hearing focused on the use of domestically-produced advanced biofuels and their role in creating jobs, strengthening the economy, and lowering prices at the pump for North Dakota families.

“To meet our goals of energy security and North American energy independence, biofuels are incredibly important to North Dakotans and energy consumers across the country,” said Heitkamp. “I have long pushed for a true all-of-the-above approach to energy production, which includes taking advantage of our ethanol resources and continuing to develop new biofuel technologies. And we need to support policies like the Renewable Fuel Standard that support biofuels, our farmers, and lower energy prices. With advanced biofuels added to the mix of wind, natural gas, and oil, North Dakota is an unquestioned leader in energy production in this country and I will keep working to make sure these industries continue to create good jobs and help bolster our economy.”

Heitkamp has long been a proponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard which supports good jobs in North Dakota, the state’s strong ethanol industry, and the economy. During today’s hearing, Heitkamp again voiced her opposition to a recent Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reduce the effectiveness of the RFS.

On the heels of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s recent visit to North Dakota, Heitkamp is continuing to push the EPA to reverse its proposal, which would reduce the amount of biofuels required to be blended in the U.S. She instead called for the EPA to put forth a proposal that promotes investment in the next generation of biofuels, supports our economy, and generates good jobs in rural North Dakota as the RFS currently does.

On Dec. 5, 2013, EPA held a public hearing on the proposed production levels for the 2014 RFS. On April 2, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told two House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees that she hoped to have the final rule released by June 2014. F

–Representative Heitkamp

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