It's Time to Clear the Air on Increasing Ethanol Mandates

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APPARENTLY THIS POLICY 
ISN’T GREEN AT ALL

For a decade, the ethanol mandates (Renewable Fuel Standard) have not only failed to deliver on their goals, they’ve 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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Every American who learns about the broken promises of the ethanol mandate takes us one step closer to reform.

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Clearing the Air on the Ethanol Mandates
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We believe that a smarter fuel future begins with reform of ethanol mandates.

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