(Posted Wed. Aug 21st, 2013)
Aug. 21: The National Corn Growers applauds U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D - MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for their efforts to ensure consumers have access to homegrown, renewable biofuels. In a letter sent yesterday, the senators called on the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible anticompetitive practices by oil companies that limit consumers’ access to biofuels, such as ethanol.
“NCGA firmly supports efforts to ensure that Americans have options at the fuel pump,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “America’s farmers work diligently to provide renewable, environmentally responsible biofuels, and we applaud the efforts of Senators Klobuchar and Grassley to help ensure that consumers can choose to use those government approved fuel options.”
In a bipartisan letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Chair Klobuchar and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Grassley urged the Administration to take action to address recent reports indicating that oil companies may be undermining efforts to distribute renewable fuels, including higher ethanol gasoline blends, that help boost our nation’s energy security and lower the price of gas for consumers. In many cases, franchise agreements have been changed in order to force gas stations to remove E85 and E15.
“The promise of renewable fuels is rapidly becoming a reality and introducing much needed competition to the transportation fuels sector,” the senators wrote. “Given the implication these alleged activities, if true, could have on competition in the marketplace, we urge you to investigate them and consider whether any action is necessary. We look forward to working with you to ensure that Americans can continue to realize the benefits of cheaper, cleaner renewable fuel.”
To read the full letter, click here.