Industry groups – including the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the National Farmers Union, and Growth Energy, an ethanol producers organization – cheered the new inter-agency working group, saying it underscores the administration's support for biofuels.
"With the establishment of this working group by the president, America has taken an important step toward sustainability, energy security and economic vitality," said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy.
Buis also cheered EPA for seeking peer review of agency methods for assessing indirect land-use changes, although he attacked use of the metric at all.
"Indirect land-use change theory uses speculative models and incorrect assumptions in an attempt to blame American farmers for deforestation in Brazil," he said.
Meanwhile, the Natural Resources Defense Council praised EPA for releasing a proposed rule that considers the land-use change emissions.
"EPA has taken an important step toward getting biofuels right," said Nathanael Greene, the group's director of renewable energy policy. "Our economy and our planet can't afford to burn fuels that will only create more pollution, but through innovation we can develop renewable fuels that are better than oil and will never run out."
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