Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., head of the Senate agriculture committee, criticized the Environmental Protection Agency for recommending scaling back biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. "The so-called blend wall is a crisis manufactured by the oil industry, which is interested in eliminating the competition so they can continue reaping even greater windfall profits," Stabenow said in a statement. Lowering the targets is unwise "at a crucial time when tremendous progress is being made toward commercial-scale production of advanced biofuels," she said.

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