Grassley: ‘It’s Christmas in May for Big Oil’

EthanolFrom Press Release


U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today made the following comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“It’s Christmas in May for Big Oil.  President Obama’s EPA continues to buy into Big Oil’s argument that the infrastructure isn’t in place to handle the fuel volumes required by law.  Big Oil’s obstruction and the EPA’s delays and indecision have harmed biofuel producers and delayed infrastructure developments.  While I support the Agriculture Department’s efforts to promote alternative fuel infrastructure, if the program were allowed to function as intended, private investments already would have been made.  Today’s proposal is just as harmful to biofuels as what the EPA put out in November 2013, and it’s 18 months late.  What happened to the President who claimed to support biofuels?  He seems to have disappeared, to the detriment of consumers and our country’s fuel needs.”

Grassley and a bipartisan group of fellow senators have urged the EPA to follow its commitments on biofuels.  Their letters from earlier this year are available here and here.