By the office of Representative Cindy Axne, D-Iowa | September 08, 2021
Today, Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, announced that she has secured $ 1 billion for biofuel infrastructure in the house’s initial project of the Build Back Better Act to support uptime and increased use of renewable fuels.
“This is a great day for our rural communities, our agricultural economy, our planet, and for the hundreds of thousands of Americans whose jobs will be supported by the investments I helped secure as part of the Build Back Better Act. “said Axne. “Make no mistake, it was not an easy fight. For months, I have helped members of the administration, the Senate and my own colleagues in the House understand the main benefits of biofuels – from the fact that it has been proven to be more than twice as clean as fuels. fossils as to how much it can help the economies of states like Iowa. But I wouldn’t give up, as it was clear from other infrastructure negotiations that this was not as much of a priority for others in Washington.
“While I will withhold my final decision on this package until I see the full bill, seeing those investments included will be a critical part of my choice,” added Axne.
This week, House committees begin reviewing their sections of the Build Back Better Act, a comprehensive body of legislation that will address a range of issues from infrastructure to healthcare, education and climate.
The original draft of the bill provides $ 1 billion in funding for the United States Department of Agriculture to provide grants over the next 8 years to expand the infrastructure of biofuel pumps, modernize tanks and existing pumps and increase the use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.
This investment is double the amount originally proposed by Axne in its Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Law, which it introduced in March.
Axne reiterated the value that renewable fuels will have in the fight against global warming and climate change during discussions with his colleagues to secure this funding.
“The evidence of a changing climate is becoming more evident every day. From devastating floods and hurricanes to droughts, derechos and forest fires, the world’s leading climate experts are sounding the alarm: if we don’t take a holistic approach to reducing emissions, climate disasters will only become more frequent and more powerful, ”said Axne. “If we are to dramatically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels quickly, we cannot rely solely on energy technologies that are still far from being available in our rural areas. This is where renewable fuels come in. Biofuels have been shown to be over 50% cleaner than fossil fuels and have the potential to be zero carbon through continuous innovation. With the right investments in infrastructure, we can quickly expand the availability of this low carbon fuel across the United States. To fight climate change, we cannot continue to argue over the best policy to reduce emissions. We must use all the tools in our tool belt – both renewable and electric – to meet the challenge we face. “
Representative Axne has been emphasizing both in public and in private for months that biofuel investments are a key priority for her in any infrastructure program.
In April, Axne urged the chairmen of relevant House committees to include biofuel investments in infrastructure talks.
Since that letter, Axne has met dozens of colleagues in the House – including the chairs of committees responsible for agricultural, fiscal and climate policies – to advocate for biofuels.
Last week, Axne again explained the reasons for investing in biofuels to his colleagues in the House and Senate – writing an open letter with his colleagues in the Midwest to highlight how renewable fuels would help reduce carbon emissions. and dependence on fossil fuels.