Noem stays true to her incorrect understanding of government’s role in energy production:
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem has introduced legislation to include slash piles and other forest materials under federal standards that provide incentives for ethanol production.
Noem, R-S.D., introduced legislation with U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., to expand the “renewable biomass” definitions of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in federal law to include materials from private and national forest land. The materials would include forest waste and slash from forest-thinning and pine-beetle sanitation work.
We do not need more incentives (subsidies, tax breaks, etc) for poor-return biomass to ethanol conversions. We need to do away with the existing perverse incentives.
Representative Noem–and the citizens of South Dakota–would be better served by seeing how the federal government can waste less money on existing non-essential programs and initiatives instead of seeking to expand them.