Creating opportunity while helping the environment

When I first arrived to the Senate, I joined a bipartisan gathering in Senator Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Minn.) office to discuss renewable energy. Several of my colleagues, from both parties, attended. In that meeting, we laid the groundwork for including renewable fuels in our nation’s all-ofthe- above energy strategy and made a commitment to not let partisanship get in the way of positive solutions for American families. We made a strong connection: all of us wanted to work together to advance environmentally- friendly fuel options for American consumers.

During my time representing Nebraska, I have remained committed to the spirit of that meeting. That’s why I have introduced bipartisan legislation, known as the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act with Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Currently, overregulation prevents E15, a fuel blend consisting of 15 percent ethanol, from being sold during the busy summer travel season, from June 1 to September 15. My renewable energy bill would extend the Reid vapor pressure waiver, more commonly referred to as the RVP waiver, to E15, allowing the fuel to be sold throughout the year.

 

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