The National Corn Growers Association has expressed confidence in the Obama Administration for commitment to the biofuels industry and emphasizing the importance of biofuels to the nation’s energy policy. In particular, the NCGA is pleased with the creation of the Biofuels Interagency Working Group.
“We are pleased to hear of the formation of the interagency taskforce created by President Obama,” said Bob Dickey, NCGA president. “This is a great example of the Administration’s commitment to biofuels and the biofuels industry.”
“In our conversations with the Environmental Protection Agency, we understand a great deal of work needs to be done on modeling and a great effort needs to be put into using current and correct data regarding indirect land use,” Dickey said. “NCGA will be working closely with the USDA and EPA to ensure scientific data is used.” EPA indicated that corn ethanol provides a 61 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to gasoline.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 revised the Renewable Fuel Standard to require all ethanol plants constructed after 2007 to have a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. “We look forward to the opportunities to establish that biofuels production can be achieved without land use changes,” Dickey said. “The corn and ethanol industries have a great story to tell and we look forward to telling it.”