WASHINGTON - The National Farmers Union announced its support for legislation that increases the production of domestic renewable fuels yesterday, after Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and a bipartisan group of 19 senators introduced the Fuels Security Act of 2005. If enacted, this bill would more than double the production and use of domestic renewable fuels including ethanol, biodiesel and fuels produced from cellulosic biomass.

The National Farmers Union applauds the Lugar/Harkin bill, which creates a comprehensive Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) with the goal of producing 8 billion gallons by 2012. The legislation would increase domestic demand for surplus farm commodities, lower federal outlays of federal farm subsidies, improve the environment and decrease domestic reliance of foreign oil.

"With consumer gasoline prices near their highest level in history, and natural gas supplies near record lows, we feel it is imperative that the Congress pass a workable RFS now," said NFU President Dave Frederickson. "Americans deserve a comprehensive, bi-partisan, and meaningful renewable fuels standard that addresses today's pressing energy needs."

Earlier this month, delegates to the NFU annual convention unanimously approved a special order of business on fuels from the farm that urged Congress to pass the Renewable Fuels Standard to increase the United States' use of ethanol, biodiesel, wind energy and biofuels.