Energy and the Environment

Iowa has long been in a leader in the development and production of renewable energy. Congresswoman Finkenauer understands that alternatives like wind, solar, and biofuels are vital not only to our economy, but to the future of our environment and national security. She supports a strong Renewable Fuel Standard and has taken action to end the abuse of small refinery waivers that has undermined this important program while securing access to year-round E-15.

She has advocated for the extension of tax incentives to support renewable energy and introduced bipartisan legislation to extend the Biodiesel Tax Credit to give farmers, producers, and consumers the certainty they need. Congresswoman Finkenauer is also advocating for ongoing support for Iowa’s growing wind industry, and other incentives for advanced biofuels which help to lower our emissions.

Congresswoman Finkenauer understands that Iowan’s need a strong and healthy environment and that farmers were the original conservationists. She supports policies that encourage conservation and development of alternative energy on farms while ensuring we work collaboratively with our farmers to conserve our natural resources and improve our water and soil health.

More on Energy and the Environment

July 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) voted Wednesday to pass the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide permanent and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and establish the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund.

October 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) met with Kelly Nieuwenhuis, an Iowa family farmer and president of Iowa-based and farmer-owned Siouxland Energy Cooperative. Finkenauer and Nieuwenhuis discussed how Iowans are being impacted by small refinery exemption (SRE) waivers, and other policy other policy proposals aime

September 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) led a hearing on growing the clean energy economy as Chairwoman of Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship (RATE). Finkenauer invited Iowan Tom Brooks to testify at the hearing, Brooks is the general manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Iowa.

August 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) sent a bipartisan letter to the Government Accountability Office formally calling for an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).