On Thursday, November 30th, EPA announced the specific biofuel volumes that will be required next year in order to satisfy the Renewable Fuel Standard. The total renewable fuel mandate is 19.29 billion gallons. That’s 10 million gallons more than in 2017 and 50 million more than EPA originally proposed in July. All in all, this marks the highest biofuel mandate in U.S. history.
You would think a policy that was supposed to promote American energy independence would, well, do that. But that’s not the case with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a policy that forces increasing amounts of biofuels into the U.S. fuel supply.
A group of corn state senators decided to take political hostages over the EPA’s recent proposal to make modest reductions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biodiesel mandate, and it appears those strong-arm tactics have been rewarded.
Congress wants to put a band-aid on the failed RFS with S.517, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. The bill would waive Clean Air Act Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) rules for E15 fuel—gasoline blended to contain 15 percent ethanol—allowing it to be sold during the summer months. Check out these 5 reasons why S.517 fails consumers and is another distraction from the already crippled RFS.
The EPA’s release of the proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) shows that the government is taking a step in the right direction towards fixing the broken policy.
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a 1.2 billion gallon increase in the amount of biofuel Americans must consume in their gasoline in 2017 compared to 2016. The final renewable volume obligations (RVOs) released today are higher than the volumes EPA proposed in May of this year by 428 million gallons.
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.
Two Congressmen—an environmentalist from Vermont and a former oil man from Texas—are crossing party lines to take a stand and call for reform to the unworkable ethanol mandates.
Imagine a world where government ethanol mandates work as they are intended to—with high ethanol-blend fuels efficiently powering all cars, boats, motorcycles and every small engine imaginable.
Another year has come and gone, and thanks to the hard work of our supporters, we have made significant progress in the fight to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
If you’ve seen any of our recent posts, you may find yourself asking, “What do moose have to do with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)?” The answer is, “A lot.”
As President Obama speaks out against climate change at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties, or COP21, his administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doubling down on ethanol mandates, a supposedly environmental policy that actually raises emissions.
After hearing numerous Floridians explain the negative impacts of ethanol mandates, we hope it became clear to the candidates that something needs to be done.
It’s time the GOP candidates give voters a clear answer about this important policy issue.
With Election Day only a year away, it’s more important than ever for you to speak up for the things you believe in. This can mean waiting to vote in the next election, or it can mean using your voice now.
As a coalition of diverse organizations representing environmental, anti-hunger, consumer and business interests, Smarter Fuel Future is committed 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).
This election season, with so many presidential candidates vying for our country’s highest office, it’s more important than ever to understand the federal policies that affect our daily lives.
While environmental conversations may be happening through many different channels and among many types of people, one thing is clear: people of all stripes are ready to act for positive environmental change.