Assistant Secretary Karsner Testifies on "Food versus Fuel"
June 16, 2008
Assistant Secretary Alexander Karsner testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday, June 12, regarding the relationship between renewable fuels policy and food prices.
In his prepared remarks, Assistant Secretary Karsner described the U.S. Department of Energy's work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in assuring that development of biofuels does not have a harmful impact on our nation's food supply.
"All of us recognize that high food prices and high gasoline prices are important 'pocketbook' issues for American consumers. We also recognize the national and economic security importance of reducing our dependence on oil as well as the urgency of developing new fuels that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our biofuels policy makes important contributions to each of these goals," he said.
See his testimony on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Web site.