The EPAís proposal has already been costly, drying up investment and forcing producers to scale back. Itís time for the administration to make the adjustments necessary to restore confidence among investors, entrepreneurs and thousands of employees in the renewable fuels industry that the United States will do what it takes to be first. As Obama said a few years ago, letís not settle for second place.
Byron Dorgan was a Democratic senator from North Dakota from 1992 to 2011. He now is a policy adviser at Arent Fox, whose clients include the National Biodiesel Board, and is co-chairman of the Bipartisan Policy Centerís Energy Project.