ACE Thanks Senate Ag Committee for Raising Biofuel Issues, Expresses Approval of Vilsack for USDA Secretary
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held its hearing to consider the nomination of Tom Vilsack to return to the position of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture today. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement thanking biofuel senate champions for raising biofuel issues during the hearing and expressing support for Vilsack’s confirmation:
“ACE thanks Ag Committee Senators Amy Klobuchar (MN), Chuck Grassley (IA), Tina Smith (MN), John Thune (SD) and Joni Ernst (IA) for raising important biofuel questions so Secretary Vilsack could reaffirm his support for the ethanol industry during the hearing. ACE looks forward to Secretary Vilsack’s continued strong advocacy for farmers and renewable fuel producers within the Biden administration as he demonstrated in this role under President Obama.
“We particularly look forward to USDA working with EPA to help get the Renewable Fuel Standard back on track and to recognize the role ethanol is already playing to address climate change, including new research that shows the great strides the industry has made. We also appreciate Vilsack’s vocalized commitments to utilizing and increasing resources to build out infrastructure for higher ethanol blends and looking for opportunities to help ethanol producers hurt from the economic fallout of COVID-19. Finally, we agree farmers have a role to play in addressing climate change, and we intend to work with USDA to ensure systems and markets are in place to reward farmers and biofuel producers for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
ACE is encouraging ethanol advocates to utilize the confirmation process as an opportunity to engage their Senators on ethanol issues that they can raise in front of nominees via ACE’s Action Center.