Job one for biofuels proponents is to vigorously defend the federal renewable fuels standard, so advanced fuels such as cellulose-based ethanol have room in the marketplace, Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad told participants …
Allies of the oil and grocery industries unsuccessfully pushed to have the renewable fuels standard waived last summer in response to widespread drought that reduced the nation’s corn harvest. The mandate, passed by Congress in 2005, called for 7.5 billion gallons of ethanol to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply by 2012. It was expanded in 2007 to require 36 billion gallons to be blended by 2020. Of that, 21 billion gallons must be advanced biofuels.
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