Invasive grasses as biofuels - scientists and farmers vs. politicians (US)

Scientists and farmers in US sent a letter to Obama administration urging the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider a rule that would allow two invasive grasses, Arundo donax and Pennisetum purpureum, to qualify as advanced biofuel feedstock under the nation’s renewable fuel standard

Ongoing conflict? yes
Conflict type Bioenergy governance conflicts
Resources agricultural products
Issues 1 economical, 2 ecological, 3 social, 4 cultural
Keywords energy grass, invasive species, biofuel, US
Start date 2012
End date
Reason(s) for conflict
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests Farmers are interested to utilize for energy purposes 2 invasive energy grasses. Politicians are slow in taking the decision, however overall loss from introduced invasive species is $120 billion annually.
Barriers for dialogue Lack of communication between decision makers and implementers on the ground.
Forums for dialogue Speeding up the process on the enforcement of legislation will boost the bioenergy production and decrease the loss to the economy
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation Pushing up the legislation amendments in the state to boost the economy and increase the biofuel production