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

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A new study from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows that the “continual increase in biofuel crops” — plantings of corn and soy — has led to America’s Northern Great Plains “rapidly changing to a landscape that is less conducive to commercial beekeeping.”

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On August 25, 2016, the National Parks Service (NPS) is celebrating its 100th birthday – an incredible milestone marking a century of stewardship in our parks. But as NPS prepares to blow out the candles, we can’t help but imagine what we’d wish for if we were in their boots…

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Putting 16 Million Acres into Perspective

16 million more acres is so large, it is almost unfathomable. But don’t worry – we’re here to put it into perspective for you.

The Strange Effects of Too Much Corn…

Recent reports from CNN and the Washington Post show that corn crops may be increasing humidity in the Midwest due to the phenomenon of “corn sweat.”

16 million acres and counting…

Our latest data visualization shows the increase in corn and soybean plantings in the United States from 2005-2015, using 2005 as a baseline.

The Radical Transformation of the U.S. Agricultural Landscape

Our recent analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture points to our worst fears: the ethanol mandate is a driving force in the radical transformation of the U.S. agricultural landscape in the years since the RFS was instituted.

EPA releases 2017 RVOs

With the release of the 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has demonstrated once again that it has not learned from its past errors.

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

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