Bustos talks biofuels and climate with Secretary of Energy


Bustos talks biofuels and climate with Secretary of Energy

US Representative from Illinois Cheri Bustos continues to advocate for biofuels and the positive role they play in climate change mitigation.

During a House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee hearing last week, Bustos asked Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm how the Biden administration will include biofuels in their plans for net-zero emissions and Granholm says they have a biofuels and bioenergy team working on this.

“Electric vehicles obviously have emerged as this great technology, which they are for light duty vehicles like cars, but pickups and heavy-duty transportation that really need more of an energy density of liquid fuels – that is where biofuels are going to play a critical role.”

Bustos reiterated how biofuels play an integral role in rural economies.

“40% of the corn that is produced domestically is processed to produce ethanol and these fuels have the potential to reduce our carbon emissions right now.”

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert tells Brownfield the industry will be losing a great biofuels advocate in D.C. as Bustos has announced she will not be running for re-election.

“She has been a great advocate for agriculture, and we have had a great relationship with Representative Bustos. She has really helped us talking to different legislators in Washington D.C.”

Bustos was first sworn into Congress representing the 17th Congressional District in 2013.