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The fundamental problem with the ethanol mandate

Higher gas prices and plowing over natural conservation land should be cause enough for Congress to revisit the ethanol mandate, but the fundamental problem with policy is simply a disconnect with economic basics.

Good Intentions, Failed Policy

In theory, the government mandate requiring that ethanol fuel be blended into America’s gasoline supply was intended to spur energy independence, reduce emissions and jumpstart rural economic development. Unfortunately, the RFS has failed to deliver on its environmental goals.

Is this the Worst Policy in America?

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.

The Patriot News: Federal government’s ethanol mandate hoses you at the gas pump: Jerry Shenk

As the federally-mandated volume of ethanol usage increases and motor fuel consumption declines, to avoid lawsuits, gasoline refiners must purchase federal renewable "credits" to make up for the ethanol they don't blend, causing higher gasoline prices even in periods of lower demand.

Cellulosic ethanol: “Just around the corner” since 2007

In a House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee hearing on July 23 on the Renewable Fuel Standard, representatives of the Ethanol Lobby said that cellulosic biofuels are “just around the corner.” RFA’s President and CEO Bob Dinneen has been saying this for years:

Energy Insider: Why the Timing is Ripe for Ethanol Policy Reform

This April, two separate bills were introduced in the US House of Representatives to reform, or repeal, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that mandates how much ethanol and other biofuels must be blended into gasoline.

Consumer Reports: Gas with ethanol can make small engines fail

A Department of Energy study found that E15 caused hotter operating temperatures, erratic running, and engine-part failure. But even gas with the usual 10 percent ethanol (E10) could help destroy small engines.

NMMA Evaluates Promising Alternative Biofuel

The boating industry has found that fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol causes severe damage to boat engines. While marine engines are not currently approved by the EPA for use with E15, misfueling at the pump is a danger for boaters unaware that E15 is not compliant with boat engines.

NMMA Member Testifies Before Congress on E15

On Wednesday, Mr. David Hilbert testified before Congress on behalf of NMMA to address concerns about E15 and marine engines.