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Corn Ethanol is Not a Renewable Fuel

Broken Promises of the Ethanol Mandate

The Real Cost of the Ethanol Mandate

The Truth about Ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard

State of the Union BINGO

Tonight President Obama will address the joint houses of Congress, as well as the American people, setting the agenda for the executive branch for the coming year.

For those in DC, it’s a big night out, but if you’d like to play along at home while watching the State of the Union, we’re happy to oblige.

Download our SOTU Bingo cards and every time President Obama mentions an RFS consequence or something political ridiculous happens, mark your card!

Also – today is the last day for you to tell the EPA to lower the ethanol mandate. Make sure you tell the EPA you support lowering the mandate!

Bedfellows Coalition Letter to the House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee

Letter of Concerns to the Energy and Commerce Committee

On Oct. 7, a diverse group of agriculture, business, environment, food retail, hunger, taxpayer, and public interest groups petitioned Congress demanding reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The group asked that "any legislation that the Committee considers recognizes and addresses the havoc that the corn ethanol mandate has placed on the multitude of stakeholder interests represented on this letter."

The signers included:

Action Aid USA
American Frozen Food Institute
American Meat Institute
American Sportfishing Association
Boat US
California Dairy Campaign
California Poultry Federation
Clean Air Task Force
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Dairy Producers of New Mexico
Dairy Producers of Utah
Environmental Working Group
Freedom Action
Friends of the Earth
Idaho Dairymen’s Association
Indiana State Poultry Association
Iowa Turkey Federation
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
Michigan Allied Poultry, Inc.
Milk Producers Council
Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
National Chicken Council
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Restaurant Association
National Taxpayers Union
National Turkey Federation
Nevada State Dairy Commission
Northwest Dairy Association
North American Meat Association
North Carolina Poultry Federation
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association
Oxfam America
Southeast Milk, Inc.
Specialty Equipment Market Association
Taxpayers for Common Sense
Texas Egg Council
Texas Broiler Council
Texas Poultry Federation
Texas Turkey Federation
The Poultry Federation
Virginia Poultry Federation
Washington State Dairy Federation
Wisconsin Poultry & Egg Industries Association

Oversight Committee Hearing Examining EPA’s Role in the Renewable Fuel Standard

This week, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing to “[examine] EPA’s Role in the Renewable Fuel Standard.” Witnesses from the Environmental Protection Agency, American Petroleum Institute, Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc., National Turkey Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists discussed the issue from their respective points of view.

Read the comments below for more perspective on the effect of the Renewable Fuel Standard on jobs and the economy, rising food prices for people and animals alike, engine damage and the environment.  

Rep. Lankford’s opening comments
Mr. Christopher Grundler, EPA, testimony
Mr. Jack Gerard, API, testimony
Mr. Lucian Pugliaresi, EPRINC, testimony
Mr. Joel Brandenberger, NTF, testimony
Jeremy I. Martin, Ph.D., UCS, testimony

Wetland Losses Due to Row Crop Expansion in the Dakota Prairie Pothole Region

Comments on Impacts of RFS

The House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce is issuing a series of white papers as the first step in reviewing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Each white paper poses a series of questions on the pitfalls of the RFS to stakeholders in affected sectors.

From skyrocketing RIN prices to engine damage, land-use competition to higher animal feed costs and feeding the world’s hungry, organizations are dealing with the effects of this government boondoggle every day.

Below, you can read the comments on the first two white papers and check back as we update for each white paper issue area.

Paper 1- Blend Wall / Fuel Compatibility Issues

Paper 2- Agricultural Sector Impacts

Paper 3- Environmental Impacts