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More than half Illinois delegation supports ethanol credit, tariff extension

March 31, 2010

Illinois Farm Bureau thanks  the  nine members of our Congressional delegation who are original cosponsors of H.R. 4940, a bill that extends the ethanol blenders credit and the tariff on imported ethanol through 2015.

Ethanol is a proven domestically produced and environmentally friendly fuel and a recent study shows the tax credit actually produces a significant return on investment.

Congressman John Shimkus is the lead Republican sponsor.   In order of seniority, the other original Illinois cosponsors are Reps.  Jerry Costello, Danny Davis, Tim Johnson, Mark Kirk, Phil Hare,  Bill Foster, Debbie Halvorson,  and Aaron Schock.   We are grateful for their support.

Rep. Shimkus appeared last week with Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) outside the U.S. Capitol to announce support for the Renewable Fuels Reinvestment Act.

Unfortunately, The Hill is reporting that an environmental group is working against the bill. 

A major environmental group on Tuesday called for phasing out tax subsidies and other federal policies that benefit corn-based ethanol, prompting immediate criticism from the industry.

The National Wildlife Federation issued a report that recommends policies to bolster “sustainable” bio-energy sources, and current-generation ethanol doesn’t fit into that category in NWF’s view.

How can a renewable fuel that yields a 50 percent reduction in tailpipe emissions be considered unsustainable?   The National Wildlife Federation doesn’t like biodiesel either.

Please take a moment to use the IFB Legislative Action Center and thank your representative for their leadership on this priority issue for Illinois agriculture, or if your member is not on the cosponsor list, write a note to encourage them to sign on to the bill.

To get the ball rolling, all you have to do is type in your zip code.

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