The United States’ exit from the Paris Accord climate change agreement will not impact Nebraska’s biofuels production, according to Brian Jennings, spokesman for the American Coalition for Ethanol.
“Essentially, it doesn’t really have a whole lot of impact on ethanol, on biofuels,” Jennings says.
Jennings says that’s because commitments made in the pact were based on the clean power plan and fuel economy rules.
Nebraska is the nation’s number-two ethanol producer, behind only Iowa.
“It always befuddled me that the administration chose not to use the tool of biofuels as part of the solution to reduce greenhouse gas commitments,” he says.
Pact supporters say leaving it will weaken efforts to combat global warming.
There are 24 ethanol plants in Nebraska that produce a total of more than two-billion gallons each year.