September 17, 2013 (55:23 mins)
John Shimkus, Chairman, US House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
Platts reporters and other credentialed media convened to hear US Representative John Shimkus provides an update on efforts to find bipartisan support for revisions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and other issues that come before his subcommittee, such as nuclear waste disposal and coal ash legislation.
Shimkus is at the center of the debate over the RFS, which was established in 2005, expanded in 2007, and mandates that 36 billion gallons of biofuels be blended into the US transportation fuel supply by 2022. He has publicly urged those advocating total repeal of the RFS and those defending it to find a compromise that would preserve the biofuels mandate while addressing serious concerns such as the “blend wall.”
Shimkus also strongly supports the completion of the final environmental assessment of Yucca Mountain, which he believes should be the nation’s disposal site for nuclear waste. Rep. Shimkus has served in the House since 1996. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point and his master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
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