The Next Generation Fuels Act was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate today, drawing praise from the Michigan Corn Growers Association. The legislation, which has been one of MCGA’s top advocacy priorities, would lower fuel prices, reduce carbon emissions and help shore-up America’s energy security.
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led the bipartisan Senate reintroduction along with Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).
“We’re pleased to see this important legislation reintroduced in the Senate” said MCGA President Randy Poll. “The Next Generation Fuels Act will lower fuel prices at the pump, reduce carbon emissions and strengthen our national security through energy independence.”
The Next Generation Fuels Act would clean up our nation’s fuel supply and transition new vehicles that use cleaner, more efficient fuels that also lower costs for drivers. By establishing a clean, high-octane standard for fuel and requiring that sources of additional octane result in at least 40% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, the legislation would allow automakers to significantly improve vehicle fuel efficiency through advanced engines.
The legislation builds on our nation’s clean energy progress by advancing higher ethanol blends and new vehicles that work together to deliver greater emission reductions, cost savings and consumer choice.
As MCGA has called on the Biden administration to act to prevent a disruption in access to higher ethanol blends this summer, the Next Generation Fuels Act would also permanently remove regulatory barriers, allowing for higher ethanol blends and advanced vehicles that deliver greater emission reductions and cost savings to maintain a wider range of competitive fuel and vehicle choices.