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Sen. Murkowski Backs Calls to Reevaluate Biofuel Mandate

Feb 5, 2013
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(The Hill)

The Senate Energy Committee’s top Republican said Monday that she is “in good company” with congressional calls to reevaluate a biofuel-blending mandate.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined a growing group of lawmakers Monday in saying Congress should change the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

“Let’s have the ability to pull back and say, ‘Maybe this one just didn’t work the way that we had hoped it would,’” Murkowski said during a Capitol Hill news conference detailing an energy road map she released Monday. “Let’s not be afraid to admit that we might need to reform it.”

Congress enacted the biofuel-blending standard for corn ethanol in 2005 and updated it in 2007 to include “advanced” biofuels made from non-edible feedstock. In all, it calls for mixing 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel into traditional petroleum by 2022.