Is the ethanol mandate the most broken policy in America?

The renewable fuel standard is broken

For a decade, the ethanol mandate (Renewable Fuel Standard) has not only failed to deliver on its goals, it’s actually worked against them – an unfortunate case of good intentions gone bad.

Growing corn for ethanol fuel is straining environmental resources and is a raw deal for consumers. Read on to learn where the policy went wrong and how we can fix it.

Five million acres of land set aside for conservation have vanished, plowed over to grow corn for ethanol fuel.

America's ethanol mandate has turned conservation land larger than Yellowstone, the Everglades and Yosemite National Park combined into industrial cornfields, displacing wildlife, depleting soil of nutrients and sending massive fertilizer runoff into American waterways.

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By 2017, the ethanol mandate could increase gas prices by an additional 9 percent .

Because ethanol contains a third less energy than regular gasoline, gallon-for-gallon, ethanol in your tank means more trips to the pump, while simultaneously inflating the cost of corn in food.

And that's just the beginning. Even the government has predicted that if consumer demand falls short of mandated levels, gas prices could go up by an additional 9 percent in the next three years.

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227.7 million cars on the road today are not designed to run on high blends of ethanol.

With each passing year, the ethanol mandate increases regardless of how much fuel Americans need. This means that we may soon reach a point where we're at risk of using ethanol blends that could damage up to 90 percent of cars on the road today, and 100 percent of boats, lawnmowers, motorcycles and other small engines.

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Every American who learns about the broken promises of the ethanol mandate takes us one step closer to reform.

Broken Policy Inspires Bipartisan Cooperation

West Coast Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and East Coast Republican Pat Toomey (R-PA) have found common ground with the Corn Ethanol Elimination Act of 2015.

Environmental Working Group & Friends Call for RFS Reform

In an event convened by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an unlikely coalition of voices came together to discuss the mass deforestation, volatile food prices and the dangerous, costly fuel being forced upon Americans by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Guest Post: Counting the Cost of a Biofuels Boom

Government mandates create an inflexible demand for biofuel crops, driving up the cost of food and making prices more volatile, thereby contributing to hunger around the world.

The Big Ethanol Bullies Are Stealing Your Lunch Money

Have you noticed that the cost of beef, chicken, eggs and milk (and pretty much anything you find in the grocery aisle) has been on the rise?

Guest Post: Motorcyclists Oppose the E15 Mandate in Chicago
US Representative Bob Goodlatte: It’s Time for Congress to End the Ethanol Mandate

Some have called it a “well-intentioned flop” while others say it’s an anti-competitive government mandate, but whatever you call the ethanol mandate, or Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s clear this policy has caused many negative consequences for American consumers.

Broad Support for the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act

As the RFS Reform Act (H.R. 704) was introduced in the House, the bill’s co-sponsors didn’t mince words. Representative Goodlatte (R-VA) called the RFS “a boondoggle.” Democrat Peter Welch of Vermont was more generous in his description labeling it a “well-intended flop.”

How Broken is the Renewable Fuel Standard? #RFSBroken

What if we told you that a government mandate once celebrated by politicians as the first federal policy to tackle global climate change has actually proven to be an environmental disaster.

Pivotal New Study Calls for End to Biofuels Mandates

Because biofuels haven’t lived up to expectations—environmental or otherwise—the World Resources Institute (WRI) has concluded in a pivotal new study that policies mandating their use, like the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), are a “misguided approach to fighting global warming.”

Broken Fuel Mandate Riles Bikers

Swelling gas tanks, fewer miles to the gallon and “green sticky crap” in the carburetor… ethanol in our gasoline is causing all kinds of problems for motorcyclists, boaters and owners of other types of small engines like snow blowers and lawn mowers.

We believe that a smarter fuel future begins with reform of ethanol mandates.

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