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.
The Renewable Fuel Standard was supposed to be better for the environment than traditional gasoline. But in fact it actually does more harm than good to the environment and the rural economies it was supposed to bolster.
Proponents of the ethanol mandate promised Americans that their plan would save the environment; but 10 years later, America’s premier “environmental” policy is actually doing more harm to the environment than good.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), despite its original intentions to protect our environment and increase corn prices, has become just another form of corporate welfare, benefiting ethanol producers while average farms struggle to remain competitive.
Advocates for Smarter Fuel Future design warning label that show the horrors of ethanol.
This year, the price of ethanol soared above gasoline prices, and each year, more corn is diverted away from animal feed and our food supply and into our fuel. The UN stated in a report that the cost of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans could go up as much as 20 percent thanks to biofuels mandates.
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.
Oil refiners do oppose the ethanol mandate, but they are hardly the only ones who take issue with the policy. Environmentalists, taxpayers, food producers, consumer protection groups of all types, anti-hunger advocates and even farmers have all spoken out against the RFS.
Beef, poultry, milk and cheese prices have all been on the rise for nearly a decade. By 2022, the RFS will increase food costs for Americans by $3 billion annually. And now the drought, which has been affecting various parts of the country since 2012, is making what is already bad, worse.
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).
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.
On Friday, November 15, the EPA announced a reduction in the Renewable Fuel Standard, the first time this has happened since the policy began eight years ago. The proposed Renewable Fuel Standard will require refiners to blend about 15.21 billion gallons of biofuels into gasoline next year.
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.
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.
Bates Turkey Farm sells nearly 20,000 turkeys during the holidays, but the cost of fuel and feed is making the price for these holiday meals more expensive by the pound.
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.
Republicans have long criticized the EPA’s renewable fuel standards, which require gas refiners to mix biofuels with conventional gasoline. Rep. Peter Welch (D., Vt.) remarks, originally reported in the Hill, are at odds with the Obama administration’s stance on the program.
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.