JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) applauded the reintroduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act (HR 5089). Aimed at transitioning gasoline and vehicles to low-carbon, higher-octane fuel, the legislation would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and take advantage of higher ethanol blends.
“Working toward utilizing a lower-carbon, higher-octane fuel source will reduce emissions, improve air quality, and increase fuel efficiency,” said MCGA President Jay Fischer. “Ethanol meets those needs, is produced right here at home, and is available immediately to help address climate concerns. So we are pleased to see the reintroduction of this bill and the opportunity for corn-based ethanol to be a part of the climate solution.”
The bill would phase in higher levels of clean, low-carbon octane by model year 2026. Higher octane levels, found in corn-based ethanol, allow for more engine efficiency, helping autos meet vehicle fuel efficiency standards, in addition to lowering emissions. As a clean octane standard, the bill increases octane sources that result in nearly 50 percent fewer GHG emissions than unblended gasoline and sets new limits on toxic hydrocarbon aromatics.
“This is a win-win for drivers and farmers alike,” noted Missouri Corn CEO Bradley Schad. “Not only is ethanol cleaner and made in the Midwest, but it is also cost-effective compared to gasoline and will provide greater fuel efficiency under this measure. And unlike many ideas for carbon reduction and climate improvement, ethanol is here now. Rural America stands ready today, to provide a fuel source that significantly reduces GHG emissions when compared with traditional gasoline.”
The bill was introduced by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) with bipartisan support from Missouri’s congressional delegation. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Jason Smith (R-MO) are standing with Missouri farmers and ethanol producers, signing on as original co-sponsors of the clean-fuel measure.
“MCGA appreciates the members of Missouri’s delegation who recognize the benefits this bill would have for consumers and rural Missouri,” said Fischer. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with the entire delegation to get this measure across the finish line and bring a cleaner, more economical fuel to the pump.”
Learn more about the benefits of low-carbon, high-octane fuels at ncga.com/octane.
— Missouri Corn
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