The folks at Growth Energy were praising Congress over the weekend for a measure in the American Clean Energy and Security Act for 2009 that would stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from using indirect land use to measure the impact of biofuels on greenhouse gases.
In a media statement, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis comments: "For the EPA to require U.S. farmers to make planting decisions based on foreign countries’ land use defies common sense and threatens the sovereignty of American agriculture."
The organization again called attention to work by House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson for his role in negotiating the energy measure. Buis notes that Peterson's efforts made sure the indirect land use provision made it into the final bill. The group also praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Commerce Committee Chair Henry Waxman for their efforts.
Growth Energy, however, does point out that more work is needed on the measure before it becomes law.