EPA Ignores Inconvenient Facts; Fails to Look Out for the Environment
Highway to the Dead Zone

Those who tout the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as a “green” policy are onto something. The RFS is definitely green — unfortunately, it’s the kind of green that creates algal blooms that harm ecosystems and marine life.

Inconvenient Fact: Science Concludes Ethanol Mandates Harm Environment, Worsen Emissions

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).

Why the RFS Matters in Election 2016

As we move into the second GOP debate of the 2016 presidential election, you may wonder: Why should I care about this issue right now?

EPA Heads to Dust Bowl ‘Ground Zero’ for Public Hearing

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is headed to Kansas City, Kan. next week to host the one and only public hearing on the agency’s most recent proposal on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Hall of Legislative Curiosities: The Not-So Renewable Fuel Standard

For our third Hall of Legislative Curiosities series we’ve taken a look at the environmental problems at the heart of this perplexing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

Wasting Water on Ethanol Amid California Drought

Californians are currently experiencing one of the worst and most persistent droughts on record.

Friday RFS Roundup – 10/24

Stay up to date on this week’s ethanol mandate news.

Wasting water on ethanol amidst California drought

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.

Climate Wire: Rising Use of Corn Ethanol Stresses Midwestern Aquifers

Biofuel production is often touted as a boon to rural development, but a University of Iowa engineering professor is worried about the effect of corn ethanol plants on his and other states' water supplies.

The Hill’s E2 Wire: Report: Energy Production Threatens to Strain Nation’s Water Supply

A Government Accountability Office report calls for the Energy Department to institute an oversight program to evaluate water availability and use by energy producers. It notes the Energy Policy Act of 2005 required the department to implement a similar program, but has so far failed to do so.

Water and Land Use for Biofuels

Table shows the high amounts of water and land needed for biofuels production; much lower amounts for conventional gasoline and diesel (source: University of Colorado)