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LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

Sens. Pryor, Boozman back repeal of biofuels mandate

6/21/2013 at 12:00 a.m.


Yesterday, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor (D) — along with Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) — introduced a bill that would repeal the entire Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) isn’t working for consumers, refiners or livestock groups,” said Pryor. “These mandates are unworkable and need to be overhauled. Repealing the RFS will allow us to develop a new policy for advanced biofuels without driving up Arkansans’ gas and food prices.” 

Arkansas Sen. John Boozman (R) is one of the cosponsors of the Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act (S. 1195). 

The fuel standard was first established in 2005 as part of the Energy Policy Act. In 2007, it was expanded in the Energy Independence and Security Act. It requires refiners to blend biofuels, most often corn ethanol, into the nation's gasoline and diesel supplies.

Arkansas Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau both have policy that supports renewable fuel standards.

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