Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Monday, November 8, 2010

Biofuels May Struggle in Lame-Duck Congress, Stallman Says

By Alan Bjerga - Nov 4, 2010 2:30 PM CT

The head of the largest U.S. farmer group said winning renewal for incentives for corn-based ethanol and biodiesel production may be a struggle in a lame-duck session of Congress.

Democrats and Republicans don’t necessarily agree on the programs, including a 45-cent-a-gallon tax credit for ethanol blenders, Robert Stallman, the president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, told reporters today in Washington. Lame-duck sessions, which happen after an election and before a new Congress takes office, tend only to successfully tackle areas in which the parties have lots of common ground, he said.

“Only those things will pass a lame duck where the Republicans agree with the Democrats’ position,” he said. “I’m not sure that’s the case.”

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