Pressure’s on

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2021

Fifteen Democratic lawmakers are warning the Biden administration against taking any steps to exempt oil refiners from biofuel blending mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard — something Biden is reportedly considering , amid pressure from unions and oil-state senators. The lawmakers, led by Midwestern Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Cheri Bustos of Illinois, warn that doing so would run the risk of “directly undermin[ing] your commitment to address climate change and restore integrity to the RFS,” they wrote.

Instead, they called on the administration to stabilize the renewable fuels marketplace by setting strong blending targets in the proposed rule for the 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligations and by responding to a court remand to reinstate 500 million gallons of blending requirements waived from 2016’s targets.