Senators Urge Support for Biodiesel

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

May 16, 2014

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Senators Urge Support for Biodiesel

Several senators are calling on Congress and the Administration to support policies (tax credit and Renewable Fuel Standard)) for the biodiesel industry.  The senators cited a study by the National Biodiesel Board that showed that the lack of certainty of federal policies is hurting the biodiesel industry.  Almost 80 percent of U.S. biodiesel producers have scaled back production this year and nearly 60 percent have idled production. 

The senators are urging that the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit be renewed and that EPA increase its proposed RFS requirement for biodiesel.  EPA is proposing holding the biodiesel RFS volume at 1.28 billion gallons for this year and also for 2015.  Last year’s production was approximately 1.8 billion gallons. 

The senators include Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN).  

About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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