Marshall Introduces Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020
U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., recentrly joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in announcing the introduction of the Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020. The bill would provide grant funding for installing and converting fuel pump infrastructure to deliver higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel in Kansas and across the country.
The legislation would authorize $600 million over six years for the Department of Transportation to provide grants that will incentivize the deployment of fueling infrastructure for ethanol and biodiesel, with a focus on ethanol blends greater than 10 percent and biodiesel blends greater than 20 percent.
“As co-chairman of the House Biofuels Caucus, I am proud to bring legislation forward that would facilitate the deployment of much needed infrastructure for our Kansas ethanol and biodiesel producers,” said Rep. Marshall. “Kansas is home to 10 biofuel facilities, which are critical to the Kansas economy. With the sudden reduction in demand caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, this bill would hasten the revitalization of rural communities in Kansas and expand cleaner, more affordable options at the pump.”
“Kansas Corn producers appreciate Congressman Marshall’s continued leadership on ensuring consumers have access to higher ethanol blends. Data from Kansas proves that when consumers have access to higher blends at their fuel retailer, they will respond with increased purchases of these lower cost, cleaner burning blends. We look forward to working with Dr. Marshall to move this vital piece of legislation forward.”--KCGA President Brent Rogers, Hoxie
“During this uncertain time, this proposal demonstrates leadership and vision for Kansas and our nation’s biofuels industry. If signed into law, Congressman Marshall’s plan will support low-carbon biofuels and propel higher blends for decades to come.” -- Ron Seeber, President and CEO of Renew Kansas Biofuels Association.
“The Kansas Soybean Association applauds Representative Marshall’s continued championing of biodiesel and other biofuels in Congress. This investment in infrastructure will help accelerate the use of biofuels nationwide by making it easier for consumers to purchase at the retail level and by incentivizing terminals to adopt this greenhouse gas-reducing fuel quicker. This comes at the perfect time, driving economic growth and providing much-needed support for a key market for Kansas soybean farmers,” -- Charles Atkinson, Great Bend, ASA Director from Kansas.
"The Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association welcomes introduction of the Clean Fuels Deployment Act, championed by Congressman Marshall and a bipartisan group of his fellow rural-focused colleagues. Kansas sorghum farmers realize ethanol demand remains key to their bottom lines. Facilitating the retail infrastructure needed to meet future consumer demand for popular mid-level blends will be critical in order to revitalize our rural Kansas economies. On behalf of our state's grain sorghum producers, we applaud Congressman Marshall's continued leadership in Congress on biofuel policies," -- KGSPA President Kent Winter.
“On behalf of NBB’s members, I’d like to thank Reps. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Angie Craig (D-Minn.), and Don Bacon (R-Neb) for being consistent champions of the biodiesel industry. The legislation they’ve authored will help expand critical infrastructure and increase consumer access to cleaner, better fuels in the future.” -- Kurt Kovarik, Vice President of Federal Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).
“The strong support of rural champions like Reps. Finkenauer, Marshall, Craig, and Bacon has never been more important, and we are grateful for their continued leadership on behalf of American farmers and biofuel producers. Through the original Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership grants and private fundraising, Growth Energy and Prime the Pump shattered the status quo and supported the installation of E15 at more than 2,000 retail locations. As we emerge from the COVID-19 downturn, this legislation offers a roadmap for the next wave of growth that will revitalize rural communities and expand cleaner, more affordable options at the pump for millions of American motorists. We urge House and Senate leaders to embrace this opportunity to support low-carbon biofuels and propel higher blends into the next decade.” – Emily Skor, Growth Energy CEO.
“The renewable fuels industry is facing the worst crisis in its history today as a result of COVID-19, and producers across the nation are in need of immediate emergency relief to survive this catastrophe. Once the pandemic is behind us and economic recovery is well underway, expanding infrastructure for higher biofuel blends will be critical to the long-term future of the renewable fuels industry and rural America. We thank Reps. Finkenauer, Marshall, Craig and Bacon for their vision and we applaud their efforts to create a brighter future for biofuels.”-- Geoff Cooper, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association.