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.
After taking a few days to review the letter Senators Markey (D-NH) and Boxer (D-CA) sent you regarding the EPA’s recommendation to lower the Renewable Fuel Standard, we’ve taken the liberty of making sure you had a version that aligns with reality.
Advocates for Smarter Fuel Future design warning label that show the horrors of ethanol.
In order to prevent Americans from hitting the blend wall, the EPA proposed lowering the 2014 mandate. With this proposal came major political pressure from ethanol makers and now the EPA is considering backing down.
For the first time since the ethanol mandate was enacted, a government agency has confirmed what the refining industry has said for years…forcing ethanol into our fuel supply will increase gas prices.
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.
Last year, the EPA proposed a reduction to the 2014 RFS. In order to make it official, the EPA solicited comments from citizens and groups both in favor and opposed to this reduction. Featured are some of the disparate voices that spoke in favor of the reduction.
95 percent of automobiles on the road today aren’t designed to run on gasoline that contains more than 10 percent ethanol.
After enduring eight years of this unfortunate policy, Democrats (and Republicans) are turning sour on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2013 with her pal from across the aisle, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).
While we await the announcement of 2014 ethanol blending levels by the EPA, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) filed a letter to Gina McCarthy, head of the EPA calling for adjustments to the Renewable Fuel Standard, with the support of 168 other members of Congress from both sides of the aisle.
While you’re probably careful about what you put in your vehicle’s gas tank you’ll want to watch what you’re filling up leaf blowers and snow blowers with too. No matter which tool you’re powering up, be aware of more options at the gas station, as more ethanol gets pumped into the mix.
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.
Classic American cars. Ski boats and pontoons. Harleys. Snowmobiles. They’re all a part of what makes our Pure Michigan life so special. But they’re all also threatened by a broken federal policy known as the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a Field of Dreams-like policy. It was created with the belief that if the government built a market for biofuels, the demand and technologies to support production would magically come, like Shoeless Joe Jackson emerging from an Iowa cornfield.
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.
Ethanol in fuel worries small-engine repair shop owners who recommend use regular gas in lawn mowers, snow throwers, chain saws, leaf blowers and the like. In recent years there has been a big upswing in repairs from homeowners who instead put ethanol-blended gas in their machines.
Governments must put people’s right to food before short term commercial interests, said Oxfam before the opening of the Committee on Food Security’s annual meeting. Oxfam is calling for Governments to ensure that biofuel policies do not force poor farmers off their land and fuel food price spikes.
Concern over the blend wall has refiners snatching up RINs, ethanol credits available to fuel refiners looking to meet government-mandated biofuel production targets, causing the price spike. It’s not only the refiners that are buying up the credits, Wall Street has also taken an interest.
The RFS mandates the increased use of ethanol in fuel, but as we add more of this byproduct to our gasoline, many known problems are surfacing. This fuel has ruined at least three of my injector systems and it could do the same to engines and fuel systems in millions of cars on the road today.
While the EPA granted approval for e-15 use in late model cars and light duty trucks, AAA cautioned, “this new fuel entered the market without adequate protections to prevent misfuelings and despite remaining questions about potential vehicle damage, even for EPA-approved 2001 and newer vehicles.”
Big Corn and Big Oil are now battling over the fate of the ethanol mandade. The oil industry wants the ethanol requirement reduced or repealed altogether. The corn lobby wants to preserve the mandate, along with the hefty subsidies paid to producers of renewable fuels.