National Farmers Union (NFU) joined a coalition of agriculture, renewable energy, and other organizations in submitting comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asking the federal agencies to reconsider the proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

The coalition says the proposed standard does not adequately value the greenhouse gas reduction potential of biofuels and would constrain biofuel production because of a lack of proper incentives for manufacturing Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFV). The standards will impact CAFE standards for 2017 and later model-year vehicles.

“As written, the rule could have devastating economic consequences,” the coalition stated. “Continued production of FFVs and the advancement of biofuels into the market are critical to expanding renewable fuel use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing air quality.”

The coalition stated that lifecycle CO2 reduction benefits must be calculated into the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction provided by biofuels. Currently, biofuels are recognized to reduce GHG emissions by 20 percent over the lifecycle of the fuel.

“The use of biofuels is a positive for all Americans, especially rural Americans, as well as the environment,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “As a result, the standards jeopardize targets under the RFS2, which threaten both economic growth in rural communities and public health. We look forward to the opportunity to work with EPA and NHTSA officials on the proposed standards.”

The comments were submitted by the 25x’25 Alliance, American Council on Renewable Energy, American Seed Trade Association, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, American Farm Bureau Federation, Biotechnology Industry Organization, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Farmers Union and the National Sorghum Producers.