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I want to thank Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst for their tireless efforts to defend American-made biofuels and economic growth in rural communities. Our champions have been working diligently with the White House to ensure that regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency honor President Trump’s commitment to a strong and vibrant Renewable Fuel Standard.

As most Iowans know, homegrown biofuels are vital to the Hawkeye economy, supporting thousands of jobs and driving billions in economic activity. But the oil lobby has been relentless in its efforts to cut federal targets for biofuel production under the RFS. A proposal released in July by the EPA would set next year’s targets below current levels, with deep cuts to cellulosic biofuels made at facilities like POET’s Project Liberty in Emmetsburg. These fuels represent exciting new revenue streams for farmers facing the sharpest drop in income since the 1980s.

Fortunately, Iowa has champions who understand how to press our case in Washington, and the president has signaled his support. But the fight isn’t over until the EPA announces final targets later this month, and we can’t stop reminding regulators that zero growth isn’t an option.

Kelly Hansen, Hanlontown

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