Iowa lawmakers urge use of ethanol to ease fuel shortage

US Farmers, biofuel producers, and Congressional lawmakers from Iowa called on the Biden administration to address the current fuel shortages by looking into ethanol and biodiesel, the Des Moines Register reported last week.

The Iowans reportedly said that, instead of expanding U.S. oil production and releasing oil reserves, Biden should seriously consider encouraging farmers and producers of ethanol to do their part in order to curb the shortages of fuel.

“It is baffling to us that President Biden continues to overlook ethanol, which is the most readily available, lowest-cost, and lowest-carbon option for extending our nation’s fuel supply,” Geoff Cooper, CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association stated.

“It’s just common sense. It’s a no-brainer,” Monte Shaw, the Iowa Renewable Fuel Association’s executive director, said of making E15 available in the summer. “It hurts nobody to do it — except, maybe, it rounds a decimal point on some big refiners’ earnings.”

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