Pelosi urges Obama to go strong with ethanol fuel mandate

By Devin Henry, The Hill.  

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is urging the White House to strengthen its ethanol mandate for gasoline ahead of an international climate change conference.  

“We hope you will keep in mind the need to reduce carbon pollution, and not expand it in the transportation sector, in the days leading up to the president’s historic efforts at the upcoming [climate] conference in Paris,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Obama’s chief climate adviser, Brian Deese, this week. 

The letter -- which House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and David Loebsack (D-Iowa) also signed -- comes as members and industry groups lobby the White House on the Renewable Fuel Standard and the level of ethanol the government will require to be blended into the gasoline supply.