Policy & Politics
Peterson: EPA, USDA Will Kill Off Biofuels Industry
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson ( D-Minn.) said he will not support any climate change bills and said the Obama administration is unfair to the ethanol industry with its proposals on greenhouse gas reduction.Â â€śYou're going to kill off the biofuels industry before it even gets started. You are in bed with the oil industry,â€ť Peterson told Environmental Protection Agency and USDA officials at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing Wednesday on ethanol's impact on land use and greenhouse gases. The proposed methods to gauge greenhouse gas emissions, part of EPAâ€™s implementation of a 2007 energy law, are based on â€śideologyâ€ť and arenâ€™t reliable enough to craft policy, Peterson said. â€śYou canâ€™t trust them,â€ť he said of the agency, which would write rules under any bill that would be passed. â€śI no longer have any confidence in the EPA.â€ť An initial EPA review released Wednesday found that certain methods of corn-based ethanol production donâ€™t meet a requirement to emit 20 percent less greenhouse gas than gasoline. The average was 16 percent less, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said.