Group of farm organizations oppose the “SAFE” Rule

A group of farm organizations want President Joe Biden to take a closer look at the “SAFE” Rule, or the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Rule.

The Trump administration reversed the Obama-era rule back in the spring, calling for a 1.5 percent increase in fuel efficiency, versus a five percent increase. The National Farmers Union and some biofuel groups say that it fails to account for toxic pollutants from aromatic fuels and it ignores ethanol’s role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

According to NFU President Rob Larew, “The SAFE Rule puts the interests of oil corporations ahead of those in the renewable fuel industry, the environment, and the public at large... It will increase our overall emissions, delay the development of renewable fuels, all of which erodes air quality, contributes to climate change, to health risks, and increases the cost of fuel for consumers.”