Biden promotes E15 expansion with visit to Menlo, Iowa | Iowa

(The Center Square) – President Joe Biden visited Menlo today to announce a temporary expansion of E15 sales from June to September to reduce gasoline prices.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt asked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan in an April 1 letter to issue the derogation.

E15 is currently sold at 2,300 gas stations nationwide, where it can save an average of 10 cents per gallon of gasoline or more, according to a fact sheet released Tuesday by the White House.

EPA is considering making E15 easier to use year-round and changing E15 fuel pump labeling and will work with states to ensure there are no significant impacts on air quality this summer.

Food and Water Watch’s executive director of advocacy programs and policy, Mitch Jones, told The Center Square in a phone interview on Tuesday that the announcement was “largely symbolic.”

E15 is available at less than 2% of gas stations nationwide, and gas stations that do not already have E15 will not add the required equipment as it is only a waiver of five months, he said.

“It’s an incredibly small number of stations that this will actually affect, and very few Americans currently put E15 in their cars and trucks, so the impact on the average driver won’t be significant at all.” , did he declare.

Jones said increased ethanol content can negatively impact car engines.

There are also environmental concerns. Runoff from heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides creates conditions that impact local waterways, encourage algal blooms in the Great Lakes, and choke food sources for offshore manatees off the coast of Florida, Jones added.

“The role that ethanol has to play has been overstated by the ethanol industry,” he said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its March consumer price index that prices rose 1.2% last month, part of an 8.5% peak last year, and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach suggested farmers consider manure as fertilizer and provided recommendations as fertilizer prices soar.

Since January 2021, the price of anhydrous ammonia has increased by 315%, urea has increased by 214%, liquid nitrogen by 290%, monoammonium phosphate by 171% and potash by 213%, reported the Miller’s office in its February announcement of a price survey.

“We’re concerned that the administration is not focusing on the real structural issues here and trying to find short-term solutions that don’t get to the heart of the problem,” said Frank Macchiarola, senior vice president of policy at the agency. ‘American Petroleum Institute. told the Wall Street Journal.

The USDA plans to award agricultural producers dependent on biofuel producers $700 million through a new biofuel producer program by the end of April. The USDA also announced $5.6 million for renewable fuels infrastructure under the Superior Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program to increase sales and use of superior blends of fuels. ethanol and biodiesel, supporting nine projects in seven states. One hundred million will be awarded for biofuels infrastructure for fueling and distribution facility grants for the costs of installing, upgrading or upgrading infrastructure and supporting biofuels for railways.

A Grand Challenge on Sustainable Aviation Fuels to increase sustainable aviation fuels by 2030, $4.3 billion in funding for aviation fuel projects and sustainable fuel producers, and research and development for technologies that can improve aircraft fuel efficiency by at least 30% were also announced. . The EPA is also proposing a new canola oil approval to expand access to fuel participation in the Renewable Fuel Standard program for renewable diesel, jet fuel and other fuels.

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