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Cheri B.
Democrat IL 17

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  • Biofuels Should Be a National Priority

    by Representative Cheri Bustos

    Posted on 2014-01-15

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    BUSTOS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mrs. BUSTOS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak out against the Environmental Protection Agency's recent proposal to lower the number of biofuels in our gasoline. Every year, the EPA is required to provide guidelines to oil refineries on the number of biofuels to blend into the fuel we pump into our vehicles. While the EPA has the authority to reduce the number of biofuels, it never has before.



    Lowering the number of biofuels simply defies common sense. This isn't just a proposal that will hurt Illinois' rural farmers or our communities in the rural areas, but the economy at large in my home State. It also builds a brick wall in the middle of our Nation's path toward energy independence. It threatens to drive up prices at the gasoline pump, and it risks jobs in an industry that really offers real promise.

    The administration's proposal doesn't even maintain the status quo-- it moves us backward--and I see that as unacceptable. I am proud to lead a [[Page H244]] bipartisan effort with Congresswoman Kristi Noem in urging the EPA to revise its proposal because if energy independence is a national priority, then so, too, should be biofuels.

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