The Biggest Backer of Biofuels: Boxer
"As chairman of this committee, and I have the gavel for now, I'm not going to let us reverse course," Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said today at what was the Senate's first hearing on the renewable-fuel standard in more than two years. Without mincing words, she added: "I'm just not."
Boxer, a staunch environmentalist representing the greenest state in the country, is unlikely to relinquish this chairmanship any time soon and is next up for reelection in 2016.
Consequently, proponents of even moderate revisions in the biofuels mandate, which includes Democrats like Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Dianne Feinstein of California, will probably not get far in their efforts given that Boxer's panel has primary jurisdiction over the RFS.
Chances for congressional action on the increasingly controversial mandate—which relies almost exclusively on corn-based ethanol to reduce oil consumption in the transportation sector—rest in the House, where Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and ranking member Henry Waxman, R-Calif., who have been working together on the issue since March.
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