The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which was created in 2005 and then expanded in 2007, mandates the use of billions of gallons of biofuel each year. This program is broken beyond repair. The problems with the RFS are numerous—it is based on incredibly mistaken assumptions about domestic oil production, it gives EPA control over the fuels we use, and increases the cost of fuel. Congress could soon consider two types of reforms to the RFS—either a full repeal of the entire program, or a partial repeal that only would affect corn-based ethanol. A partial repeal of the RFS does not fix the biggest problems caused by the law, and therefore, the entire RFS should be repealed.


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The Cost of The RFS is Too Big to Ignore

  • 04/17/20
  • Kenny Stein
  • Renewable Fuel Standard
In recent weeks, five governors have sent letters to the EPA asking for a waiver of the 2020 blending mandates from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) concerned about the economic damage they inflict on a refining industry already reeling from the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.  The RFS mandates the blending of various types of “renewable” fuels...
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AEA to President Trump: “Reject Big Ethanol’s Call for a Special Deal”

  • 10/09/18
  • Erin Amsberry
  • Renewable Fuel Standard
WASHINGTON – Today, President Trump urged the EPA to waive seasonal restrictions on E15 fuel thus allowing for year-round sales. AEA President Thomas J. Pyle made the following statement: “We are disappointed that Big Ethanol has convinced President Trump to request the EPA to overstep its authority and extend a waiver for year-round E15 sales, something not within EPA’s power to...
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Congress Should Repeal the RFS, Not Strengthen It

  • 04/04/16
  • AEA
  • Renewable Fuel Standard
Several Senators, led by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, recently signed a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency to increase the annual blending targets for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2017. Their criticism of the RFS program misses the mark. Instead of strengthening the standard, Congress should focus on repealing the mandate in its entirety....
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