Gutknecht Introduces Renewable Fuels Act of 2005
June 28, 2005
Herseth and Goodlatte Co-Sponsor Bill Introduced Today
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Gil Gutknecht, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Dairy, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth today introduced the Renewable Fuels Act of 2005, H.R. 3081, in the House. Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Ranking Minority Member Collin Peterson, Congressman Tom Osborne, and Congressman Jerry Moran joined in introducing the bipartisan legislation.
The Renewable Fuels Act would establish a renewable fuels standard of eight billion gallons by 2012. It would also call on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to monitor the supply and demand of renewable fuels, report on the economic impact renewable fuels production has on rural America, consult with the United States Department of Energy on renewable fuels blending and strengthen USDA's Bioenergy Program, which promotes agricultural commodities as sources of ethanol and biodiesel.
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Chairman Goodlatte added, "The renewable fuels standard, the hallmark provision of this bill, opens the door to new economic opportunities in congressional districts across the country. I support the use of products such as forestry biomass, livestock waste and commodities such as sugar cane and beets, wheat, corn and soybeans, in the manufacture of renewable fuels, and I intend to work hard as the chairman of the Agriculture Committee to ensure that we continue to have an affordable and ample supply of feed for our livestock producers."