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.

Coming Together for Everyday Americans

Reforming the RFS already has bipartisan support in Congress because policymakers on both sides of the aisle have seen the negative impact it has had in their home states.

Opposition to Ethanol Mandates Continues to Grow

Opposition to misguided policies mandating the use of high-ethanol fuels continues to grow at all levels of government.

Could Your Next Fill-Up Damage Your Engine?

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The Ethanol Lobby’s Greatest Hits: 2014 Edition

Despite overwhelming evidence that the ethanol mandate is a failed policy, in 2014 the ethanol lobby continued to prove they are divorced from reality by declaring the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) an “unmitigated success.”

Action in 2015

In 2015, we need Congress to take action on this failing policy.

What the Ethanol Lobby Doesn’t Want Chicago to Know

Chicago city alderman Burke and the ethanol lobby push for a mandate on higher ethanol blends despite its detriment to air quality.

Friday RFS Roundup – 12/5

As we approach yearend without a 2014 ethanol mandate, discussion this week covers the worries consumers have about the future of our gas prices and food security.

Forgetting 2014

The EPA is hurting everyone by creating instability in the corn market, which impacts refiners, corn farmers, livestock producers and consumers together. The EPA’s favorite tactic, delaying the final rule for the 2014 RFS until sometime next year, is further proof that the policy is broken and the agency is no longer a good steward. It is time for Congress to take bipartisan action on the Renewable Fuel Standard instead.

EPA Announces the Rule for 2014 is No Rule At All

More than a year after announcing a plan to lower the ethanol mandate for 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided that the policy is so broken, it is easier to give up than announce a final rule.

A Most Disappointing First Anniversary

It’s official: one year ago, the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged reality and proposed lowering the 2014 ethanol mandate to avoid reaching the blend wall and a spike in gas prices. You may remember, our partners were pretty thrilled.

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

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