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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partial repeal of the RFS does not fix the biggest problems caused by the law, and therefore, the entire RFS should be repealed.


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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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Four Things Congress Should Include in the Budget

  • 03/18/16
  • AEA
  • Renewable Fuel Standard
The annual budget process continues to inch closer and closer to the (intended) April 15th deadline, when a budget resolution is supposed to be passed by both Chambers. While nonbinding, the budget resolution does set topline numbers for Appropriations Committees and kicks off the appropriations process in earnest. The resolution also provides an important forum...
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