IL Corn Supports Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act

Tara Desmond

Mar 08, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act was introduced today, cosponsored by Illinois Congressman Mike Bost, to protect Americans’ freedom of choice when purchasing vehicles. The bill is a response to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) move to ban the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035.


To achieve this ban on consumer choice, California would need a waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


If the waiver is received, this will not only impact California but also 17 other states bound to follow California’s regulations. This would constitute 40 percent of the entire nation’s new car sales.   


“It’s alarming that a state would take actions to remove Americans’ options for affordable and reliable transportation without concern for practicality,” Matt Rush, President of IL Corn Growers Association said. “While we support all technologies that can help the U.S. reach our climate goals, we know that ethanol blends at the pump are a common-sense solution that is available now.”


Corn ethanol is an effective, low carbon octane course, providing the greatest fuel efficiency gains at the least cost to drivers while reducing greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions.


quote graphic from matt rush



About the IL Corn Growers Association

IL Corn Growers Association is a state-based organization that represents the interests of corn farmers in Illinois, maintaining a high profile on issues in Washington, DC, and Springfield, IL. Through grassroots advocacy, ICGA creates a future for Illinois farmers in which they can operate freely, responsibly, and successfully. In order to fulfill this mission, the organization conducts governmental affairs activities at all levels, market development projects, and educational and member service programs. For further information regarding their work and involvement, visit their website