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April 8, 2021

Biofuels producers, farmers not sold on switch to electric

  • Producers of corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel argue that biofuels will be needed for the foreseeable future.
  • By SCOTT McFETRIDGE
    Associated Press

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The president and auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but biofuels producers and some of their supporters in Congress aren't buying it. They argue that now is the time to increase sales of ethanol and biodiesel, not abandon them.

    To help address climate change, President Joe Biden has proposed an infrastructure plan that includes billions of dollars to pay for 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, electrify public vehicles and enhance the nation's power grid. These moves follow initiatives in California and other states to mandate electric vehicle sales and a goal by General Motors to shift production fully to electric vehicles by 2035.


     
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