Energy & Commerce Committee Hearing on RFS Stakeholder Perspectives

July 26, 2013

This week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held an extensive hearing on the effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Over the course of two days and three panels, diverse stakeholders testified on the many pitfalls of the ethanol mandates.

Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) set the stage for the hearing by stating “Much has changed since the RFS was last revised in 2007”and  stated his intention to start “a discussion that considers a host of potential modifications and updates to the RFS, with the end goal being a system that works best for the American people.”

Everything from the blend wall to non-existent cellulosic biofuels to gas prices and greenhouse gas emissions was discussed. See the comments below for more on each perspective.

Opening Statements:
Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton

Panel I:
Charles T. Drevna, American Fuel and Petrochemicals Manufacturers, testimony

Panel II:
Mr. Joseph H. Petrowski, National Association of Convenience Stores, testimony

Panel III:
Bill Roenigk, National Chicken Council, testimony
Ed Anderson, National Council of Chain Restaurants, testimony
Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group, testimony