When it comes to ethanol mandates, views are getting clearer – 70 percent of environmental voters in a recent survey want corn ethanol mandates reduced.
That finding came on the heels of a recent report in Bloomberg which revealed that green groups across the country are calling for serious reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard, due to its negative effects on our environment. Since the RFS was created in 2005, over 16 million acres of land have been converted into corn or soy crops in order to meet the demand for ethanol the law created. This has increased greenhouse gas emissions due to the carbon dioxide released when new fields are plowed, and has helped create other environmental problems - from runoff that creates marine dead zones, where no life can live, to heat waves brought about by “corn sweat” – literally when crops perspire.
In addition, a new study from the University of Michigan found that “biofuels increase, rather than decrease, heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions.” The research also found that “when it comes to the emissions that cause global warming, it turns out that biofuels are worse than gasoline.”
Congress initially enacted the RFS in an attempt to help our environment. But as scientists and the diverse members of the Smarter Fuel Future coalition have long said, the policy is not green at all.
It’s time for Congress and the EPA to listen to the people who are feeling the effects of the policy firsthand.
Smarter Fuel Future is a coalition of diverse organizations, from environmental and anti-hunger groups, to organizations set on protecting consumer and business interests. It is dedicated to spreading the truth about the innumerable negative impacts and unintended consequences of the government-imposed ethanol mandates created by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).