The best way to get Congress to fix the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is to make sure we elect people who know the facts and are ready to make a change.
World Hunger Day seems like an appropriate time to discuss what the EPA and Congress can do to positively impact those living in extreme poverty. In a discussion hosted by FoodPolicy.Us, panelists discussed the effects the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is having on hunger domestically and abroad.
Yesterday 17 people from across the country flew to DC to share the varied reasons why ethanol mandates are failing them and the people they represent.
What happens when you use the world’s breadbasket to feed cars, not people? No surprise here: Less land for food means higher prices for you.
Approximately 40 percent of American corn crops are blended in ethanol. For poultry and livestock farmers, this creates a serious problem: the market price of corn – the necessary staple in animals’ feed – experiences unpredictability due to changes in the crops supply and price due to the mandate.
95 percent of automobiles on the road today aren’t designed to run on gasoline that contains more than 10 percent ethanol.
At a time when every drop of water counts in California, ethanol plants are using upwards of 150 gallons of water to refine 1 gallon of ethanol — using enough water to supply a California town of 5,000 every year.
While ethanol does, admittedly, curb emissions from an automobile’s tailpipe, getting it to that point actually increases GHG emissions and diverts more than 40 percent of our corn crops into our fuel supply.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is one of the few policies that has bipartisan support for reform and with your help, we can urge Congress take action on this failing mandate.
Today, we divert more than 40 percent of our corn crops to ethanol. Further, government has been subsidizing “gasohol” for years. In 1979, the going rate was 40 cents per gallon of E10. And the final lesson is this: we’ve been hoping for cellulosic biofuels forever.
Two Senators, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), with almost opposite political points of view are coming together asking for reform on the ethanol mandate.
While ethanol producers are bringing in record profits, dairy and poultry farmers have been forced to close up shop, unable to afford feed for animals.
As conservation lands disappear, animal habitats vanish with them. Since the ethanol mandate went into effect, in 2005, the Corn Belt states alone have lost 2.8 million acres from the conservation reserve program. Over the same period, pheasant harvests in those six states dropped by 44 percent.
In his Washington Post blog post on the Renewable Fuel Standard, Ryan Cooper – just one of the paper’s resident Dems — called for an end to the corn ethanol mandate. Despite its good intentions, Cooper explained that the policy is just not living up to its promises.
The Renewable Fuel Standard has come to symbolize everything that is wrong with government-imposed mandates. It is causing more harm than good and should be scrapped.
The RFS has global consequences that can mean life or death for hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Ethanol mandates that divert food into fuel are “a crime against humanity,” as Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food has stated.
Motorists are familiar with ethanol because gasoline pumps are affixed with a sticker divulging that today’s gasoline contains 10 percent ethanol. Those who monitors their vehicle’s gas mileage have noticed they must fill up more often because ethanol packs less energy than gasoline.
The Renewable Fuel Standard has become an impossible-to-meet mandate, completely disconnected from market demand. The issues are countless – the looming blend wall, engine damage, increasing food prices, compliance fraud and increased GHG emissions.
An increasing number of lawmakers realize the RFS is unworkable and driving up the price of food and gas. The most recent Member of Congress to pile on is Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), who called the ethanol mandate a "flop" this week and rightfully argued for serious changes to the program.
California dairies have suffered immensely in recent years due to a variety of factors, including low milk prices; but one major factor is the exponentially rising cost of feed.
With the goal of reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, Congress created the RFS in 2005. What has been the result? Greater reliance on imports of foreign sources of energy, mandates of next to non-existent fuel, and higher food prices.