Sen. Klobuchar said, "This bipartisan agreement is a major step toward providing our businesses a clear path forward and keeping the biofuels industry competitive while reducing our debt by over a billion dollars this year. With this agreement we can not only continue to support homegrown energy, we can also demonstrate that members with different viewpoints can come together to find common ground to reduce the debt. It is a model for reducing government subsidies going forward."
Sen. Thune said, "After productive discussions with industry stakeholders over the past several weeks, we have reached a bipartisan solution that reduces the federal deficit and modifies current biofuels policy without pulling the rug out from under American renewable energy producers. Domestic biofuels production in South Dakota and throughout the country continues to play an important role in reducing our nation's dependence on foreign oil and creating American jobs. I look forward to moving our bipartisan plan through both the Senate and the House of Representatives."
According to a release from Sen. Klobuchar the compromise has the support of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, the Minnesota's Farmer's Union, the American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, and the National Corn Growers Association.
"A particularly important part of this agreement is the commitment to continue the evolution of the industry to new technologies and new feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol. We are pleased the agreement recognizes the importance of cellulosic ethanol by committing $305 million to this effort. However, we are concerned that capping cellulosic ethanol development sends the wrong signal and we will continue to work with the Congress and the Obama Administration to address this anomaly. . . as this process continues. This is not the perfect compromise, but it does demonstrate the willingness of American ethanol producers and advocates to do their part to address budget concerns while not sacrificing the progress and evolution of the industry. I would challenge other industries to step up to the plate in the same manner. The status quo of American energy and tax policy simply won't work."
Craig Cox, Environmental Working Group (EWG) Senior VP for Agriculture and Natural Resources issued a statement saying, "Thanks to Senator Feinstein's leadership, we are witnessing a remarkable reversal of fortune for the ethanol and corn lobbies. This deal is a welcome sign that the iron grip these lobbies have had on biofuel policy is loosening. However, there's still a long way to go to get U.S. biofuels policy on the right track. We encourage lawmakers to make a clean break with corn ethanol, American taxpayers shouldn't be called upon to support this industry any longer."
Access a lengthy release from Sen. Klobuchar with further details on the agreement (click here). Access a release from Sen. Feinstein with the letter to Senate leaders on the agreement (click here). Access the statement from AEC (click here). Access the statement from RFA (click here). Access the statement from EWG(click here). [*Energy/Biofuels]
"The bottom line is that reducing emissions does not have to be this expensive -- the Obama EPA just wants it to be. On both sides of the aisle we support efforts to reduce real pollution, but we should be doing it in a way that protects workers from losing their jobs, families from skyrocketing electricity prices, and businesses from unachievable requirements. It is little consolation that Oklahoma is not included in today's final rule. By separate notice, EPA has proposed to include the state in the program in the near future. As Ranking Member of the EPW Committee I will be keeping a close eye on this process."
Major environmental organizations issued supporting statements for the proposed CSAPR. For example, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) President Fred Krupp praised EPA's proposal saying, "These clean air standards for power plant pollution will provide some of the greatest human health protections in our nation's history. Millions of Americans live downwind from this deadly pollution -- from the communities that live in the shadows of these smokestacks to those afflicted by the pollution that drifts hundreds of miles downwind. Today's clean air protections will help eastern states restore healthy air in communities hard hit by air pollution, and will help all of us live longer and healthier lives." In addition, EPA issued a release summarizing supporting comments from a number of organizations and interests including: American Lung Association, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, The American Public Health Association, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, and Penn Environment.
There were few releases commenting on the CSAPR from major industry associations. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) indicated in a posting on its "Shopfloor" blog that, ". . .EPA continued their aggressive regulatory agenda and announced the first of two rules affecting power plants that will significantly increase electricity prices for manufacturers and consumers. . . In addition, the EPA plans to finalize the Utility MACT rule in November, which would require coal-fired power plants to reduce mercury emissions. The combination of CSAPR, Utility MACT and other regulations impacting coal-fired utilities are already having a significant impact on the economy. . . Higher energy prices heighten uncertainty and prevent manufacturers from investing in the future and expanding their operations, inhibiting the job creating necessary to get our economy back on track. Manufacturers urge the EPA to end these unreasonable, overreaching regulations. . ."Access a release from Rep. Upton (click here). Access a release from Sen. Inhofe (click here). Access a release from Sen. Manchin (click here). Access a release from Sen. Boxer (click here). Access a release from Sen. Carper (click here). Access a release from EDF (click here). Access the summary of supporting comments from EPA (click here). Access the NAM blog posting (click here). Access a release from EPA on the CSAPR (click here). Access a CSAPR fact sheet (click here). Access a prepublication copy of the 1,323 final rule (click here). Access a 33-page presentation on the CSAPR (click here). Access the Regulatory Impact Analysis for the Final CSAPR (click here). Access more information on CSAPR (click here). [*Air]