The National Farmers Union has called on the U.S. Senate to support two amendments to the fiscal year 2010 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill that will further encourage the production of renewable fuels from the farm. NFU President Roger Johnson wants to see more support for an amendment offered by Senator Ben Nelson, D-Neb., that would direct the EPA to approve a waiver request to increase the allowable ethanol content of gasoline to 15%.
The arbitrary 10% limitation on the amount of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline jeopardizes the nation's ability to meet the mid and long-term requirements of the Renewable Fuels Standard," Johnson said. "Approving the waiver will enable continued growth of the ethanol industry and development of the next generation of biofuels, decrease our nation's dependence on foreign energy sources and protect the environment."
NFU also wants support for the amendment offered by Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, that would prohibit funding for EPA to include international indirect land use change theories when implementing the RFS2. Johnson said the theory of indirect land use is just that, a theory. He added that this is not based on universally accepted science and should not be considered when regulating renewable fuels.