Members of Congress Urge EPA To Pursue Non-Food Based Biofuels as Alternatives to EthanolWednesday, June 18, 2008
(American Meat Institute)
A delegation of 58 members of Congress sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encouraging the agency to pursue advancing the development of cellulosic biofuels and other fuels that do not contribute to rising food prices and environmental concerns as it evaluates the impact of renewable fuel standards.
“As you know, domestic food prices are rising twice as fast as inflation and global food prices have nearly doubled in the last three years,” the letter, addressed to Administrator Steve Johnson, states. “There are many factors contributing to rising prices, including growing global demand, the price of oil, import restrictions, poor weather and the recent acknowledgement that the biofuels mandate is also a factor.”
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