Thursday, July 31, 2008

Senators Meet with EPA Administrator

Senator John ThuneSenator John Thune (SD) joined a bipartisan group of Senators recently in requesting a meeting after press reports indicated that Administrator Johnson had met with Texas Governor Rick Perry behind closed doors to discuss the waiver request from the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).
"Studies have demonstrated that renewable fuels are saving consumers money at the pump," said Thune. "Waiving the Renewable Fuels Standard would increase gas prices and slow the transition to second generation biofuels. I strongly urged Administrator Johnson to weigh all of these factors in considering the Texas request."
The senators who oppose waiving the renewable fuels standard met with EPA administrator Stephen Johnson after expressing their disappointment that Johnson had held a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who had requested the waiver.

The senators had seen news reports indicating that Perry and Johnson had reached some agreement at the earlier meeting and were upset.

A final decision by the EPA administrator regarding the waiver is expected in August.

Source: Senator Thune

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