Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), John Thune (R-SD) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) introduced legislation to authorize loan guarantees for the construction of renewable fuel pipeline projects. The purpose is greater transportation efficiency of renewable fuels to major population centers, particularly in the Eastern U.S.

Harkin says, “Promoting the planning and development of projects that transport renewable fuels efficiently and inexpensively helps enlarge the market for biofuels like ethanol, reduces our dependence on foreign fuels and will provide good construction jobs.” Thune adds, “These pipelines will reduce energy costs across the country as well as create an estimated 25 jobs for every $1 million of construction. Access to ethanol-dedicated pipelines will benefit both consumers and the ethanol industry for years to come.”