If you’ve seen any of our recent posts, you may find yourself asking, “What do moose have to do with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)?” The answer is, “A lot.”
At a Politics & Eggs event in October, a representative from the National Wildlife Foundation asked presidential candidate Hillary Clinton how she planned to address policies like the RFS that contribute to climate change and threaten local wildlife populations, like the moose in New Hampshire. Instead of addressing it head on, Clinton dodged the question, a common reaction amongst politicians.
What many lawmakers choose to ignore is the fact that faux-environmental policies created under the RFS have devastating consequences. The increased demand for food-based biofuels like corn ethanol has converted hundreds of thousands of acres of grasslands into farmland. This conversion not only contributes to increased emissions, but also displaces valuable wildlife populations, such as the moose in New Hampshire. In fact, from 2008–2011, 8 million acres of grassland, shrub land and wetland were plowed to grow corn, dramatically increasing carbon emissions by 85 million to 236 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases per year.
As climate change becomes an ever-increasing threat, we can no longer stand idly by. For years, politicians have touted a policy that is detrimental to the environment, and now moose (and people) want answers. Follow the hashtag #MooseWantAnswers on Twitter and ask your politicians to remain accountable to our wildlife and our planet.