Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley will be visiting with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at a meeting today looking at the Renewable Fuel Standard and her recent proposal to drop the volume requirements for 2014. Grassley says he’ll be pushing the EPA Chief on the importance of renewables, the need to boost them and ask her to back him and several other elected officials challenging the oil industry on the RFS issue.
Grassley and others are concerned that the oil industry is dragging their feet on providing enough gas to be blended into higher grades of ethanol. He says at today’s meeting he’ll also try and convince President Obama that he needs to weigh in on the RFS debate.
He says renewable fuels have many important benefits including they’re good for jobs in rural America, good for the environment and national security as well as for farmers income and the balance of trade because we import less oil. He says he’ll also repeat the invitation to the EPA chief to come to Iowa and hold an RFS hearing.