On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating its 100th birthday – an incredible milestone marking a century of stewardship in our parks.
But as NPS prepares to blow out the candles, we can’t help but imagine what we’d wish for if we were in their boots…
We’d want to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard, a policy that’s contributing to the radical transformation of our land.
Since the introduction of the RFS in 2005, the number of acres committed to growing corn and soy beans in the United States has grown by 16,838,000 acres. The Environmental Working Group found that more than 8 million acres of new corn crop production from 2008 to 2011 occurred on areas that were once prairie and wetlands. Plowing through additional land and cannibalizing other crops to satisfy the mandate has increased greenhouse gas emissions, endangered wildlife, polluted water supplies, harmed fragile ecosystems and risked marine life.
Altogether, the 16.8 million additional acres of corn and soy crops that have sprung up since the RFS was enacted is more than DOUBLE the size of the largest national park in the United States (Wrangell-St. Elias, Alaska). We’ve dubbed this collective acreage “Biofuel Mandate National Park.”
We know it’s bad luck to tell someone your wish – but we cannot stay quiet on an issue that is risking the future of our environment. Only Congress can truly fix this policy, so we need to make sure they understand the environmental damage being caused by the ethanol mandates.
Join us in wishing the National Park Service a happy 100th birthday and in calling on Congress to reform the RFS.