Twenty senators wrote to President Trump last week cautioning against an EPA plan to change Clean Air Act rules and pump more ethanol into the fuel market. Expanding the sale of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol (E15) year-round, is misguided, one-sided and a completely inadequate “fix” to the serious, recurring problems with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
The ethanol industry has matured enough to ride alongside the big kids in fuel production. It’s time to remove the training wheels. Corn ethanol doesn’t need a mandate to remain competitive.
By now, you know about the failures of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Ethanol mandates were supposed to make the United States more energy independent, help our environment and bring an economic boom for farmers. Instead, they’ve done the exact opposite.