The Consequences of “If You Build it” Energy Policy

October 23, 2013

The World Series is kicking off today and that has us thinking about our favorite baseball movie and the energy policy that tried to replicate its theme.

You see, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a Field of Dreams-like policy. It was created with the belief that if the government built a market for biofuels, the demand and technologies to support production would magically come, like Shoeless Joe Jackson emerging from an Iowa cornfield.

Unfortunately, in the eight years since this policy was enacted, demand for both  gasoline and the flex-fuel vehicles needed to support higher ethanol blends, have dropped and the technology to produce cellulosic biofuels has sputtered.

Each October, EIA provides its forecasted production levels of cellulosic biofuels to the EPA, as required, and every year it has been a lower amount than EPA’s mandate. Every year, the mandate for cellulosics has been lowered and on multiple occasions, the EPA had to lower the mandated levels down to zero to match production results.

The ethanol mandate now forces growing portions of our corn crop (40 percent and rising) into our gas tanks and calls for completely unattainable levels of cellulosics, all the while disregarding its intended goals of energy security and cleaner air.

We can no longer go the distance while running on ethanol.

Tell your Congressman to ease the pain of this failing policy today.