Durbin, Thune Statement On Biden Administration Decision To Sell E15 Fuel Through Summer

In February, Senators sent a bipartisan letter urging President Biden to continue the year-round sale of E15 fuel to help restore American energy security

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD), both members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to allow summer sales of higher-ethanol E15 gasoline: 

“We are pleased that EPA heeded our calls and is using its existing authority to prevent the disruption of sales of E15 fuel this summer.  It remains a straightforward, no-cost solution to recommit our nation’s broader response to the effect of Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the war’s collateral effect on fuel markets while advancing our domestic energy and environmental needs.” 

In February, the Senators led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in urging President Biden to permit the year-round sale of E15 fuel in 2023 in order to reduce the United States’ reliance on foreign sources of energy and utilize American agriculture as an energy solution.  In their letter, the Senators noted that American biofuels are a clean and reliable energy solution that will help drive down fuel costs for consumers.