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Each year, ARA membership decides a new set of policy issues the association will focus on with elected officials and key regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C. The established set of policy issues typically drive discussions during the annual ARA Legislative Fly-In. Read more about ARA's proposed solutions related to energy.

Current State

  • Work with industry coalitions to continue to promote the development and use of all liquid fuels (oil, gas, biofuels, etc.) to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign sources of energy and related technologies.
  • Support continued investment in biofuel research and the development of low-carbon emission technologies.
  • Support the Renewable Fuel Standard, which was created to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector.

ARA's Position

  • Support federal energy policies to increase domestic natural gas production, the reduction of U.S. manufacturing costs for crop input materials and promote the development and use of renewable fuels.
  • Oppose internal combustion engine bans/restrictions.
  • Oppose electric vehicle mandates.

Biofuel Research

ARA as a member of the Transportation Fairness Alliance released a study that analyzes the impacts of increased electric vehicle penetration on U.S. biofuels, agriculture and the economy. Proposals to ban internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035 and 2050 served as the economic models for the study, along with a base case provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook.

The study found that overall, U.S. net farm income would decrease by up to $27 billion due to a proposed ban on gas cars.


Questions? Send questions to the ARA policy team of experts via the DC Help Desk.