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.
For the last 13 years, the RFS has been a lose-lose policy for American energy independence and consumer choice. The EPA is keeping the RFS on track for continued failure — despite mandating unattainable biofuel blending requirements year after year, the EPA has yet again proposed an increase in volume targets for 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.