156 House Members Write EPA...
156 House Members Write EPA Seeking RFS Waiver; AMI Commends Action
Thursday, August 2, 2012
(American Meat Institute)
An impressive and
bipartisan group of 156 members of the U.S.
House of Representatives today wrote to U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Administrator Lisa Jackson urging EPA to adjust
the renewable fuel standard mandate for 2012
immediately to provide relieve from high corn
prices caused by the mandate and the
“One of the nation’s
worst droughts in 50 years has hit the Midwest
especially hard at a very sensitive time for
the U.S. grain crops,” the House members
wrote in a letter that was spearheaded by Rep.
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR)
and Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC).
“Currently, only about 31 percent of the corn
crop is in “good” or “excellent”
condition, representing record lows.”
“While the government
cannot control the weather, it fortunately has
one tool still available that can directly
impact corn demand. By adjusting the
normally rigid Renewable Fuel Standard Manage
down to align with the current market
conditions, the federal government can help
avoid a dangerous economic situation because of
the prolonged record high cost of
Reps. Goodlatte, Womack
and McIntyre also held a press conference today
to unveil the letter. ”We should not be a in
a position where we are choosing between fuel
and food,” Rep. Goodlatte told reporters
today. “The biggest travesty of all is that
government policies have created this
problem,” but he noted that it is a problem
they have the power to fix.
Rep. Jim Costa (D-A) spoke directly to
the White House in pleading for action.
“The crisis is now. Mr. President, I
ask you and the EPA through Lisa Jackson to
utilize the administrative flexibility you have
and act. Act today. Act tomorrow.
But please don’t delay.”
“The U.S. meat
and poultry industry appreciates the leadership
of these lawmakers in helping press for relief
from the current drought,” said AMI President
J. Patrick Boyle. “We are facing
record-breaking drought and record corn prices,
which stand to hurt livestock and poultry
producers now and consumers longer term as they
grapple with inevitable higher meat and poultry
prices that these conditions will
AMI joined a coalition of
groups Monday in petitioning EPA for a
waiver. To read the petition, click
To view the House letter,
visit the MeatAMI.com Ethanol Page: http://www.meatami.com/ht/d/sp/i/64605/pid/64605
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