Governors’ Biofuels Coalition: RFS Combatants Make Final Arguments in White House Meetings

Posted on September 30th, 2014

From Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (September 29, 2014):

Interest groups and companies with a stake in the renewable fuel industry have been lining up to visit the White House in the past three weeks as officials wrap up their review of a contentious rule setting the nation’s 2014 mandates for corn ethanol advanced biofuels.

Stakeholders have met with White House officials at least 12 times since Sept. 5 on U.S. EPA’s final rule, according to meeting records released this week by the Office of Management and Budget and separate reports of meetings by trade groups. Last week was the busiest, with OMB holding seven meetings, some of them back-to-back.

The National Biodiesel Board, which represents biodiesel producers, has called on EPA to raise the 2014 biodiesel number.

“Unfortunately this is more of the same from API trying to play politics with the RFS,” said Anne Steckel, NBB’s vice president of federal affairs, in an email. “Clearly everyone wishes this process had moved faster but the courts have made clear that agencies can proceed with rule-makings even when statutory deadlines are not met.”

Fuels America, a coalition of biofuels, agriculture and national security interests, today launched a new ad charging that the Obama administration stands to leave the biofuels industry “at the mercy of the oil industry” if it does not increase its proposed mandates. A TV version of the ad will run Sunday through Tuesday in the Washington, D.C., area, while a radio version is scheduled to run for a week.

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