Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nev.), and Sen. Maria Cantwell, (D-Wash.), introduced an aggressive plan to promote energy independence by increasing the use of renewable fuels.

The Energy Development for a Growing Economy bill would provide the President authority to increase the renewable content of motor fuel to 25 percent by 2025. It calls for 25 percent of vehicles sold in the United States to run on ethanol, biodiesel or alternative fuels by 2010. The legislation also requires that 10 percent of electricity in the country come from renewable sources by 2020.

“Farmers are ready to be part of the solution to our energy crisis and curb our addiction to foreign oil,” says Tom Buis, National Farmers Union president.

Encouraging the use of renewable fuels will increase domestic demand for surplus farm commodities, lower federal outlays of federal farm subsidies, improve the environment, and decrease American reliance on foreign oil, notes Buis.

National Farmers Union