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August 2, 2013
Energy and Commerce Leadership Begins Effort to Modify RFS

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) has selected four Republican Representatives to lead an effort to modify the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): John Shimkus (IL); Cory Gardner (CO); Lee Terry (NE); and, Steve Scalise (LA). Choosing these four Representatives for this effort signals the intent of Committee leadership to draft and consider legislation this Congress to modify the RFS. The biofuels industry has been urging against such action, arguing that the RFS is working as intended to spur investment in the industry while providing sufficient authority to EPA to make any necessary adjustments to it through the regulatory process.

Representative Scalise supports full repeal of the RFS, while Representative Shimkus has publically announced his desire to find a way to modify the law in such a way that is fair and amenable to both refiners and biofuel producers. He has both industries in his district. Neither Representative Gardner nor Terry is co-sponsors of House legislation, H.R. 1461, introduced earlier this year that would fully repeal the RFS.

The announcement of the selection of this team to work on modifications to the RFS comes after the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, led by Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY), has received public comment in writing and at a hearing last week on whether RFS needs to be modified or repealed. Our previous report on this hearing is available online.

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