WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill joined a bipartisan group of Senators in urging the Trump Administration to continue increasing the Renewable Volume Obligations for biomass-based diesel. The bipartisan effort focuses on encouraging continued development of the biodiesel industry, to increase jobs, spur economic growth and lead to more energy security.
“If done right, this rule is an opportunity to continue our nation’s path to be not only the world leader in first generation ethanol production, but also in cellulosic ethanol and advanced biofuel production by spurring investment and manufacturing here in the United States rather than overseas,” wrote McCaskill and a bipartisan group of Senators to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “We urge you to continue to implement the [Renewable Fuel Standard] as intended by Congress and release a strong final rule that would give consumers more choices at the pump, strengthen our economy, and make our country more secure.”
Continuing her bipartisan advocacy for domestic renewable fuel production, McCaskill joined a group of her Senate colleagues last year in calling on the Obama Administration to increase the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations for biomass-based diesel.
The Renewable Fuel Standard, which was supported by McCaskill and signed into law in 2007, requires increased volumes of renewable fuels to be produced in the United States each year. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligation rule for 2018 calls for a decrease in production from the previous year, from 19.28 billion gallons required in 2017 to 19.24 billion gallons in 2018—much lower than the intended 26 billion gallons called for in the original law.
McCaskill has long advocated for bipartisan solutions in seeking alternative forms of energy in an effort to strengthen American energy security. These efforts have included support for the building of small modular nuclear units in Missouri for export, a proposal by Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse, as well as strong support for the Keystone XL Pipeline, both of which will provide job opportunities and more energy independence.