Midwest Republican Senators Raise Concerns over EVs, Urge Biden Administration to Support Biofuels

On Wednesday, midwestern GOP Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Thune (R-SD), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) sent a letter to President Biden over their concerns with the Administration’s all-in approach for electric vehicles while not supporting biofuels as an immediate way to lower transportation emissions using the existing consumer vehicle fleet and fueling infrastructure.

Specifically, the senators said, “Unfortunately, the promise of homegrown biofuels and our agriculture sector appear to be woefully underrepresented in your administration’s energy, environmental, and transportation agenda. You have made clear your interest in going all-in on electric vehicles (EVs) despite the outstanding costs, critical mineral constraints and related labor exploitation, electricity generation and transmission demands, consumer needs, and other unresolved aspects of this ambition.

While we recognize that EVs will eventually play an increased role in America’s transportation and energy future, and that American innovation and ingenuity will overcome some of the hurdles faced by this nascent industry, we urge you to not look beyond the current generation of biofuels technology and forgo the meaningful reduction in carbon emissions they can provide.”

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