Ag Energy Coalition hails introduction of Rural Energy Investment Act

June 10, 2013 |

In Washington, the Agriculture Energy Coalition expressed support for legislation introduced by Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) to provide robust mandatory funding and extend eligibility to renewable chemicals in Farm Bill Energy Title programs.

AgEC also thanked the legislation’s original co-sponsors, including Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Donna Christensen (D-V.I.), William Enyart (D-Ill.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), David Loebsack (D-Iowa), Michael Michaud (D-Maine), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), and Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.).

The legislation would provide more than $1 billion in mandatory funding over the next five years for renewable energy programs. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) said, “In order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and ease the pain at the pump, we need to enhance our renewable energy production here at home, especially our biofuels production. The legislation I introduced today with my colleagues would invest in renewable energy programs that have a proven track record of developing renewable American energy. It would also create thousands of jobs that cannot be outsourced as we work to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

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