Farmers Outraged at EPA's Proposed Biofuel Reduction Mandate
By Nataly Tavidian, Grand Island/Hastings Reporter - email
The Obama administration wants to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply. And the president of the NE Farmers Union says he is outraged.
During the annual NE Farmers Union Conference, ethanol industry executives gave an update on the industry. They said the ethanol industry makes a big difference in rural communities.
Meanwhile, critics continue to question the value of ethanol.
Those at the Nebraska Farmers Union conference focused many of their discussions on renewable energy, saying renewable fuels are the future.
John Hansen, the NE Farmers Union president said, "It's the biggest most positive rural economic activity that our state has ever engaged in, and we need to continue to call on our public officials to help protect and defend our primary economic interest, which includes renewable energy and ethanol in particular."
The Obama administration is saying the bio-fuel law championed by both parties in 2007 is not working as well as expected.
Hansen said this will depress the price of corn and other grains at a "an extremely inopportune time, especially when we realize that we do not have a farm bill in place and if we do than the income safety net is going to be substantially lower than what it has been in the past."
The change could require close to 3 billion fewer gallons of biofuel to be blended into gasoline in 2014 than what the current law mandates.