Those who tout the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as a “green” policy are onto something. The RFS is definitely green — unfortunately, it’s the kind of green that creates algal blooms that harm ecosystems and marine life.
Is summer fun being put on notice? The Renewable Fuel Standard is siphoning the fun out of many outdoor activities you know and love. If it’s not reformed, it could wreak havoc on a season meant to be spent outside, enjoying nature and relaxing with friends and family.
Our recent analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture points to our worst fears: the ethanol mandate is a driving force in the radical transformation of the U.S. agricultural landscape in the years since the RFS was instituted.
With the release of the 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has demonstrated once again that it has not learned from its past errors.
Two Congressmen—an environmentalist from Vermont and a former oil man from Texas—are crossing party lines to take a stand and call for reform to the unworkable ethanol mandates.
Despite overwhelming evidence that the ethanol mandate is a failed policy, in 2014 the ethanol lobby continued to prove they are divorced from reality by declaring the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) an “unmitigated success.”
It’s official: one year ago, the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged reality and proposed lowering the 2014 ethanol mandate to avoid reaching the blend wall and a spike in gas prices. You may remember, our partners were pretty thrilled.
In order to prevent Americans from hitting the blend wall, the EPA proposed lowering the 2014 mandate. With this proposal came major political pressure from ethanol makers and now the EPA is considering backing down.
For the first time since the ethanol mandate was enacted, a government agency has confirmed what the refining industry has said for years…forcing ethanol into our fuel supply will increase gas prices.
Oil refiners do oppose the ethanol mandate, but they are hardly the only ones who take issue with the policy. Environmentalists, taxpayers, food producers, consumer protection groups of all types, anti-hunger advocates and even farmers have all spoken out against the RFS.
95 percent of automobiles on the road today aren’t designed to run on gasoline that contains more than 10 percent ethanol.
Two Senators, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), with almost opposite political points of view are coming together asking for reform on the ethanol mandate.