October 9 – The Environmental Protection Agency’s program to boost biofuel in the United States is a “flop” and should be scrapped, Rep. Peter Welch (D., Vt.) said at a National Journal event Wednesday.
Republicans have long criticized the EPA’s renewable fuel standards, which require gas refiners to mix biofuels with conventional gasoline. Welch’s remarks, originally reported in the Hill, are at odds with the Obama administration’s stance on the program.
Welch said that the EPA’s renewable fuel standard drives up the cost of corn, raising prices for livestock producers. He also said it actually hurts the environment.