May 19, 2023

Biofuels must be a part of climate solutions

Posted May 19, 2023 2:45 PM

Biofuels like ethanol must not be ignored as a climate solution.  That was part of the testimony by Kansas Corn Growers CEO Josh Roe in front of a House Oversight Subcommittee hearing.

The discussion centered on vehicle emissions rules and the electric vehicle transition.

“Unfortunately, current and proposed EPA rules prevent us from being part of the solution,” says Roe.

“While we believe electric vehicles will play a vital role in achieving climate goals, other complementary alternatives like biofuels have a key role to play but are being pushed aside.”

Roe also questioned the EPA proposal that considers electric vehicles as zero emission. “They aren’t truly zero-emission vehicles,” he says.

“While they don’t have a tailpipe, you still need to account for the emissions that come from the power grid.” The U.S. power grid is 60 percent powered by coal and natural gas, and EPA rules don’t account for upstream emissions.