Is the Renewable Fuel Standard Working for America?

January 14, 2013

In 2007, Congress passed an expanded Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, which mandates that large quantities of biofuel– made from corn and other biomass—be blended into the fuel supply each year. Lawmakers promised that this policy of turning food and plants into fuel would be a silver bullet for America’s energy challenges—making us more energy secure and more environmentally friendly.

Sound too good to be true?

It is. Seven years later, the RFS has not only failed to achieve its stated objectives – it’s also hurting every American at the grocery store and the gas station.

Numerous research organizations, academic institutions and public interest groups have all spoken out to voice concern about the negative economic, environmental, food and engine performance effects of current U.S. biofuel policy.

There is a smarter solution. We’re calling on lawmakers to revisit the failed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and enact policies that take our collective concerns into account.

Americans deserve a policy framework where:

  • Goals and outcomes are informed by markets, not mandates
  • Our natural resources are used strategically and efficiently
  • America’s crops and cropland are dedicated to providing food and feed, not fuel
  • Consumers’ right to safety and value come first
  • The success of policies and programs are evaluated on real-world performance, and are not vulnerable to fraud and manipulation

Watch the video above and ask yourself, “Is the RFS really working for America?” If you agree the answer is “no,” sign our pledge to demand change.