BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – After considering the burden of high gas prices on every American, President Biden announced today in Iowa that he will approve an emergency E15 waiver effective June 1. Allowing sales of E15 all over the country will not only provide fuel cost savings but will also increase American energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Compared to gasoline, ethanol reduces GHG emissions by about 50 percent.
ICGA President Martin Marr, a farmer from New Berlin, issued the following statement:
“We’re thankful the Administration is recognizing the value of E15. This is but one ethanol policy solution available that can contribute to our nation’s broader response to Russia’s malign aggressions, but it is a foundational way to leverage the strength of American agriculture to provide energy security for consumers. This is a win-win by lessening the U.S. dependence on foreign energy and saving Americans money at the pump today.”
ICGA is grateful to the efforts of Senator Dick Durbin for his calls and letters to the White House on this issue, to Senator Tammy Duckworth for joining the Senate letter requesting an E15 waiver, and to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker for joining a larger Midwestern Governors letter asking for an E15 waiver.
About the Illinois Corn Growers Association
Illinois Corn Growers Association is a state-based organization that represents the interests of corn farmers in Illinois, maintaining a high profile on issues in Washington, DC, and Springfield, IL. Through grassroots advocacy, ICGA creates a future for Illinois farmers in which they can operate freely, responsibly, and successfully. In order to fulfill this mission, the organization conducts governmental affairs activities at all levels, market development projects, and educational and member service programs. For further information regarding their work and involvement, visit their website www.ilcorn.org.