Thursday, May 21, 2009

House Committee Reviews Proposals for Low Carbon Fuel Standards

The House Agriculture Committee today held a hearing to review proposals to implement low carbon fuel standards and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on state and federal levels.

The Agriculture Committee heard testimony from representatives of four renewable fuel companies and organizations who expressed serious concerns about provisions in proposed low carbon fuel standards that put U.S. biofuel producers at a disadvantage.

Leading experts on the subject who testified included:

  • Mr. Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President, American Coalition for Ethanol, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Mr. Tom Buis, Chief Executive Officer, Growth Energy, Washington, D.C.
  • Mr. Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Mr. Carlos A. Riva, President and CEO, Verenium Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson also expressed concern over pending legislation and regulations:
    “I continue to be very concerned that some of the renewable fuel provisions under consideration on a state and national level are short on science and long on obstructive and excessive restrictions for domestically produced biofuels. The United States needs to have energy policies that are flexible, practical, and innovative.”
    Indeed, proposed regulations and calculations of indirect land use by the EPA have generated fierce opposition for being highly speculative and imperfect.

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