Top scientists defend biofuels in court

by | Jul 10, 2024 | 5 Ag Stories, News

Eight of the nation’s top agricultural, biomass, and greenhouse gas lifecycle scientists filed a brief on July 3rd challenging the faulty assumptions underpinning a number of attacks on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The brief was filed in the District Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor highlighted the importance of the brief, calling it a clear signal. “it’s time for environmental advocates to stop parroting fossil fuel companies and start supporting low-carbon biofuels at the gas pump,” Skor says. “Decades of data have demonstrated again and again that bioethanol has not increased crop acreage.” She points out that U.S. farm acreage is largely unchanged since the 1930s. Even the Department of Energy rejected similar claims in a letter to Growth Energy, acknowledging the scientific consensus that U.S. ethanol slashes greenhouse gas emissions by 44 to 52 percent. “It’s time for skeptics to forget debunked research,” Skor adds.