Worst Mandates in U.S. History

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Worst Mandates in U.S. History

As the saying goes, “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it,” so here’s a refresher on some of the worst (and weirdest) mandates in U.S. history.

EPA Releases 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations

The EPA just released its proposal for the 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In a huge misstep, the agency has announced an increase in some of the mandates biggest flaws, the cellulosic and advanced biofuel requirements for 2019, and an increased target for 2020 biodiesel levels.

Lifestyles of RINs and Fraudsters
Ethanol Capital Not Sold on Flex Fuels
Guest Post: Is Your Engine Ready for Spring?

The first day of spring is finally here. After a long, cold winter, at least a few of us are starting to see warmer temperatures, which means it’s time to head to the garage or backyard shed to break out our lawn mowers and hedge trimmers. But before we get to work in the yard and start tackling our landscaping to-do lists, it’s important to ensure that all of our equipment is safe and ready to use. Fuel is a big part of this.

Farmers Pay the Price for Fuel Mandate Failures
Five Things You Need to Know About RINs

When the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was enacted in 2005 and later expanded in 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needed a way to ensure that refiners were blending the mandated amount of ethanol into America's gasoline supply - so they made one up.

NPR Reports: Biodiesel Mandate Hurts Your Wallet

A recent NPR piece reports that Americans are paying an extra $5.4 billion every year to cover the cost of the broken RFS biodiesel mandate.

‘Tis the Season… For RFS Reform

For those of you with a motorcycle, boat, snow blower, lawn mower or other outdoor power equipment on your wish list, it’s important to know that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) could be standing between you and your holiday cheer.

Foreign biodiesel producers ♥ RFS, consumers not so much

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.

Corn State Bullies Forcing the EPA’s Hand

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.

5 Reasons Why S.517 Fails Consumers

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.