The EPA’s release of the proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) shows that the government is taking a step in the right direction towards fixing the broken policy.
In a major move for the agency, the EPA actually proposed a reduction in the amount of biofuels used in the U.S.
However, while the latest proposal is encouraging, the proposed volumes are still too high – sitting at levels that our vehicles, engines and infrastructure cannot handle.
The EPA’s RVO proposal would mandate that 19.24 billion gallons of biofuels be blended into our gasoline supply, most of which would be made up of corn ethanol.
Thanks to this proposal and the years of broken RVO proposals preceding it, it may be much more difficult for boaters and classic car enthusiasts to continue finding ethanol-free fuel that doesn’t harm engines.
The very fact that the EPA must intervene each year to lower Congress’s proposals shows that the Renewable Fuel Standard is fundamentally broken. Since implemented in 2005, the RFS has failed year after year, and must be reformed by Congress once and for all.
The potential effects of the proposed RVOs spread far and wide. Take a look at what our coalition partners are saying: