Take Action Now! Tell the EPA to Waive Ethanol Mandates in Light of Historic Drought

September 4, 2012

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If you believe affordable food should come before government mandates, now is your chance to take action. From now until October 11, the EPA is seeking comments on petitions filed by 156 House Representatives, 25 Senators and Governors from eight states—including Arkansas, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Delaware and New Mexico—to waive the ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Visit Regulations.gov to submit your comment today.

89 percent of the nation’s corn crop has been affected by the drought—a problem worsened by the RFS, which allocates 40 percent of the diminished corn supply to ethanol production.

Poultry and livestock farmers—whose industries are critical to America’s economic well-being—are struggling to secure corn for animal feed, as bleak supplies have pushed the price of corn to a record high of more than $8 per bushel. Beyond the barnyard, Americans are also struggling—experiencing skyrocketing costs for basic foods as a result of higher corn prices. 

It’s time that the EPA acknowledges the flaws in this policy. Support the petition to waive the ethanol mandate—visit regulations.gov and submit your comment today.