Inconvenient Fact: Science Concludes Ethanol Mandates Harm Environment, Worsen Emissions

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#inconvenientfacts about the Renewable Fuel Standard

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.

"First-generation biofuel was a mistake." - Al Gore

America's ethanol mandates have turned vast amounts of conservation lands—a collective area larger than the Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite national parks combined—into monoculture cropland intended for ethanol production. This massive land conversion displaces wildlife, depletes the soil of nutrients, reduces biodiversity, pollutes American waterways and increases  emissions. 

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