A new coalition of 23 agriculture, biofuels, technology and other companies and interest groups is pushing federal lawmakers to begin work on legislation aimed at decarbonizing transportation fuel.
On Monday, the coalition asked the leaders of two committees in the House and Senate to begin taking steps to help achieve a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
"The undersigned organizations are writing to urge the committee to begin the legislative process to address the issue of decarbonizing the transportation fuel sector in support of a national goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide not later than 2050," the groups said in a letter.
"Without immediate action in the 117th Congress, that goal is very likely unattainable."
The letter was sent to Reps. Frank Pallone and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chairman and ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sens. Tom Carper and Shelley Moore Capito, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
The groups and companies signing the letter include the Advanced Biofuels Association, Advanced Engine Systems Institute, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, American Coalition for Ethanol, Amply Power, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, BYD Motors, ChargePoint, ClearFlame, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Cummins, Dominion Energy, DTE Energy, EVgo, Great Plains Institute, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, National Corn Growers Association, Neste, Renewable Fuels Association, South Dakota Corn Growers Association and World Energy.
"A strong national clean fuels policy that sends clear long-term and durable signals will encourage rapidly growing investment in the technologies needed to simultaneously reduce criteria and carbon pollution in all communities across America," the letter said.
"Designed properly, it will spur innovation, create jobs, and ensure equitable and sustainable economic growth, as well as smooth the transition to a cleaner and more just zero-carbon future.
"We would welcome the opportunity to participate in an open dialogue with the committee as you consider or begin this important work. Our organizations look forward to providing additional information and engaging with you as the process moves forward. Further, we encourage you to consult with and hear from all stakeholders, in particular frontline and disadvantaged communities and communities of color, who have a stake in setting the country on a clean transportation path."
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