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ICGA Thanks Senators Grassley and Ernst for Introducing Next Generation Fuels Act

July 26, 2022

The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) thanks Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst for introducing the Next Generations Fuels Act. This bipartisan legislation, a companion bill to H.R. 5089, reduces the carbon intensity of liquid fuels and passenger vehicles through increased use of higher ethanol blends. By providing more availability at the pump, consumers will have the choice of a high-octane, low-carbon, low-priced fuel option that they deserve.

By increasing demand for corn and biofuels, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and human health and increasing fuel efficiency, the Next Generation Fuels Act is a prime example of the impact corn farmers can contribute toward addressing climate change and decarbonizing transportation. This legislation, once enacted, would increase ethanol demand by over 5 billion gallons per year, which would utilize 1.7 billion bushels of additional corn. This bill would also lead to a reduction of 111.1 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is the equivalent of removing 23.7 million cars from the road every year.

Additionally, this bill provides automakers with more options to meet increasingly stringent fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards by utilizing ethanol blends up to 30% in vehicles designed and warranted for these fuels. The Next Generation Fuels Act is co-sponsored by Senator Chuck Grassley, R-IA, Senator Joni Ernst, R-IA, Amy Klobuchar, D-MN and Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-IL. Iowa Corn would also like to thank Iowa’s entire congressional delegation for their work, support and effort in moving this bill forward.

Below is a statement from Iowa Corn Growers Association President, Lance Lillibridge: 

“Through Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst’s efforts to move forward the Next Generation Fuels Act, we will be able to provide drivers with greater access to more affordable, home-grown, clean-burning fuel. This bipartisan bill enables corn growers to utilize expanded markets and provides a much-needed climate solution. Outdated legislative and regulatory barriers have stood in the way of higher ethanol blends for far too long and this bill provides the change we wish to see in setting a new low-carbon octane standard.”

For More Information:

Rachel Zumbach, Public Relations Manager, rzumbach@iowacorn.org, 515-225-9242 

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