Kansas Agriculture Groups Critical of Fuel Standards Repeal
WICHITA - Kansas agricultural and ethanol groups are asking U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp to remove his name from a bill that the groups say is detrimental to the industry. The Kansas Association of Ethanol Processors, the Kansas Corn Growers, Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association are among the groups calling for Huelskamp, who represents Kansas’ first Congressional District, to stop co-sponsoring a bill that calls for the repeal of the Renewable Fuels Standard, a program that helps, among other things, ethanol producers sell their product.
The four groups recently presented Huelskamp a letter asking him to remove his name from the bill. It is not clear whether Huelscamp will personally respond to the letter. According to a news release, the groups were told last week that Huelskamp would not respond.
Huelskamp's campaign offered the following e-mail response:
"The American Energy Renaissance Act is a broad pro-energy plan that will help create or sustain more than 2 million American jobs, including thousands in Kansas. Here in Kansas, it would help jump start the long-overdue Sunflower coal-fired power plant expansion – a project strongly supported by Congressman Huelskamp and critical to the future of western Kansas. Additionally, it would stop EPA bureaucrats from issuing major regulations without Congressional approval, allow the conclusion of the Keystone Pipeline which is already constructed in Kansas, permit new refineries in Kansas, stop President Obama’s radical global warming agenda, and protect Kansas oil and gas producers from DC-based fracking regulations. Lastly, even if the bill was considered in 2014, it would not immediately repeal the Renewable Fuels Mandate which forces all Americans to purchase ethanol. Instead, it would provide a four-year phase-out to allow full discussion of such policy. Millions of American jobs should not be held hostage by this President, nor a special interest."