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April 8, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today members of the Biofuels Caucus, led by Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD), urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Secretary Regan to meet with the bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss prioritizing the Renewable Fuel Standard and higher ethanol and biodiesel blends in consultation with agricultural stakeholders. According to recent reports, biofuels or corn ethanol produce greenhouse gas emissions at a significantly lower rate than gasoline.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the co-chairs of the House Biofuels Caucus introduced two new pieces of legislation to increase access to biofuels and to fully recognize the environmental benefits.

Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) and Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) led introduction of the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act, which would expand access to higher blends of biofuels.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) introduced the Adopt GREET Act, a bill which would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its greenhouse gas modeling for ethanol and biodiesel to more accurately reflect the environmental benefits of agriculture and biofuels.  

The GREET model is a tool which examines the lifecycle impacts of vehicle technologies, fuels, products, and energy systems.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) today expressed their concern with the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS’s) recommendation to reduce the timber sale program in the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF). The members are also seeking answers about the process the USFS used to reach this recommendation.    

February 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Angie Craig (D-MN) led Co-Chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus in introducing bipartisan legislation to ensure transparency and predictability to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) small refinery exemption (SRE) process.

February 12, 2021 Weekly Column

By now, many of us understand that President Biden’s Executive Order to halt the Keystone XL Pipeline is going to have disastrous effects on our nation’s economy, energy security, and thousands of American jobs. By terminating the Pipeline, we are even risking our international standing and relationship with our Canadian neighbors who have also invested billions of dollars and years of design and permitting to accomplish a first-of-its-kind, innovative oil pipeline – the safest way we have to transfer oil and natural gas resources.  

February 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) hosted a roundtable with more than twenty South Dakota business owners who have been impacted by President Biden’s Executive Order shutdown of the Keystone XL Pipeline. You can watch the full roundtable discussion here.

January 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Members of the Congressional Western Caucus released the following statements in opposition to President Biden’s expansion of the moratorium on oil and gas leases for federal lands and waters.

The moratorium imposed by Executive Order just days after President Biden took office will negatively impact the economies, jobs, and local communities of rural America while threatening America’s energy security.

September 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) issued the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied dozens of requests from oil refineries seeking economic hardship exemptions from ethanol blending requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) dating from 2011 through 2018.

August 5, 2020 In The News

Billions of dollars have been wiped off the balance sheets of the nation’s ethanol producers as demand for gasoline during the pandemic “cratered,” the head of the American Coalition for Ethanol said Wednesday.

Brian Jennings, the group’s CEO, predicted that pre-pandemic demand for gasoline won’t return until 2022. Until then, the industry is looking to expand into other markets and hoping to offset domestic production barriers with international trade.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today made the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a finalized rule, establishing renewable fuel volumes for 2020 as required under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

October 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) voiced support following notice of a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Integrity Act of 2019, a bill that Johnson introduced along with Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN). The hearing will examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Refinery Exemption waivers and mismanagement of the RFS program.

October 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) applauded the administration’s announcement to expand ethanol blending beginning in 2020. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will partner to improve the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and implement it as intended.

August 26, 2019 Editorial

A dozen members of Congress, led by Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro Aug. 21 urging the U.S. Government Accountability Office to examine the review and approval of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s viability scores for the 40 SREs reviewed to date by the DOE for the 2018 compliance year.

 

June 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - After U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson (R - SD) and Angie Craig (D - MN) introduced the Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters (FEEDD) Act earlier this week, local and national support has continued to build for this bipartisan effort to give farmers and ranchers additional emergency flexibility and help alleviate feed concerns.

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON- Representatives Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and the co-chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019 which establishes an annual June 1st deadline for refineries to submit small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions from their RFS blending obligations each year and increases transparency in the process.

March 29, 2019 In The News

Congressman Dusty Johnson stopped in for a visit at Redfield Energy on Monday, March 18th, a day prior to National Ag Day. Pictured  from left: RE Board member Craig Johnson; Congressman Johnson’s NE Area Director Aimee Kamp; RE Board member Doug Deiter; RE Board member Francis Hass; Congressman Johnson; RE Board member Jay Esser; RE CEO Tom Hitchcock.

March 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule that would allow for the year-round sale of E15, a 15 percent ethanol fuel blend. Current regulations only allow for E10 in the summer months, limited to 10 percent ethanol.

February 28, 2019 In The News
"This plan is so outrageous that it’s been called the 'Green Dream.' If Democrats did their homework, they would know that just a few months ago Congress delivered a Green New Deal – It’s called the 2018 Farm Bill. And it delivered historic investments and collaboration with producers for improvements in Conservation, Forest management, and Energy Efficiency."
February 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill (S.

February 25, 2019 In The News
“I think it’s exciting anytime you can see entrepreneurship at the private sector and at the local government level coming together and making for a better future. We need more agreements like this throughout the country,” said Rep. Johnson.
February 14, 2019 In The News
“If you look at this bill on the facts, on its potential to positively impact people’s lives, this is a good bill,” Johnson said.