On Wednesday, Dec. 4, a diverse group of stakeholders held a press call to discuss the EPA’s proposed reduction to 2014 biofuel blending requirements, as well as their individual policy objectives, as they seek to limit the various negative impacts of the RFS.
Food Costs Are Eating American Family Budgets provide a powerful backdrop for the food-vs.-fuel debate.
On Tuesday, the EPA released the 2013 ethanol mandate target numbers, eight months later than original scheduled. There was no change in total or advanced biofuels numbers, but there was a reduction in the mandate for cellulosic ethanol—a type of fuel not yet commercially available in the U.S.
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.
Industries as wide-ranging as oil refiners, biofuel manufacturers, chain restaurants and chicken farmers sparred over the future of the federal ethanol mandate Tuesday.
Refiners are hesitant to blend more than 10 percent ethanol into the fuel supply over safety concerns. Skyrocketing renewable fuel credit prices indicate that the industry is nearing the limits of what it can blend, or the “blend wall.”
Most domestic ethanol is made from corn, but imports of cheaper, sugar-based ethanol from Brazil have cut into demand for ethanol from domestic producers.
The House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce is issuing a series of white papers as the first step in reviewing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Each white paper poses a series of questions on the pitfalls of the RFS to stakeholders in affected sectors. Read the comments on the white papers:
This week, National Journal’s Amy Harder of the asked experts to share their thoughts on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)— “Defend, Revisit or Repeal.” The majority of responses argue that the RFS is not working. Below are some of the noteworthy responses:
EPA chose to prematurely issue a series of fuel waivers to allow E15 to be used in vehicles manufactured after 2001, despite compelling evidence that the fuel will be costly and potentially dangerous for consumers.
Despite three successive years of aggressive mandates, zero gallons of cellulosic biofuels were produced in 2010 and 2011, and only 1,741 in 2012. EPA continues to mandate millions of gallons, forcing refiners to write EPA a check to comply with a mandate they would otherwise be unable to meet.
Humanitarians, environmentalists, farmers’ advocates and refiners on Monday came together to demand changes to a renewable fuel mandate they said is wiping out wetlands and driving food costs higher.