Lawmakers are gathering in Des Moines today to rally behind the renewable fuels industry. Hearing in the Heartland is an effort to get EPA to reconsider their lower volumetric requirements for biofuels under the Renewable Fuels Standard. South Dakota Ag Secretary Lucas Lentsch will be attending the event organized by Midwestern Governors including Iowa’s Terry Brandstad.
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he’s been working with Branstad and other governors to turn up the heat on EPA to abandon their plan on the RFS.
Daugaard thinks there is foul play with the proposal and that the petroleum industry is using their influence because they see ethanol as a competitive threat.