Vilsack says rules on biofuels face threat - Des Moines Register

Article by Dan Piller - Feb. 10, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack warned an Iowa group Friday in Ankeny that "the Midwest could be damaged" if oil interests succeed in weakening the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

"Big oil is pushing back against the Renewable Fuel Standard," Vilsack said at a forum at Des Moines Area Community College. "If they succeed, the consequences could be very serious for the Midwest."

The Renewable Fuel Standard, established by Congress in 2005 and updated two years later, mandates use of ethanol and biodiesel by cars and trucks. It is the underpinning of demand for ethanol, which now is produced at 41 plants in Iowa with annual revenues totaling about $15 billion.

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