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Goodlatte: Federal Ethanol Mandate is a Flop

Goodlatte Re-introduces Legislation on Renewable Fuel Standard

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Washington, March 2, 2017 | Beth Breeding (202-225-5431) | comments
Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement today after introducing two bills to alter the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the RFS Elimination Act (H.R. 1314) and the RFS Reform Act (H.R. 1315):

“It’s time the ethanol mandate became a thing of the past. While well-intentioned from the start, after a decade of this policy it couldn’t be more obvious that the RFS is a flop. The RFS Elimination Act would completely repeal this mandate and force ethanol to compete in the free market. The impacts of the ethanol mandate are real. They can be felt at the pump, by livestock and food producers, and by the hardworking families facing higher prices for goods. Even environmental groups have serious concerns about this policy! Folks in the Sixth District and across the country need relief from this failed mandate.

“While I would ultimately prefer to eliminate this mandate, I have also introduced the RFS Reform Act to help curb some of its most harmful effects. Leaders in the House of Representatives have signaled that there is a real appetite to reform the ethanol mandate this year. I urge my colleagues to consider the RFS Reform Act as a vehicle to guide this debate and the reform process. Not only does this bill have bipartisan backing in the House, it also has the support of a diverse coalition of organizations representing folks from every corner of the United States. As we continue to work towards full repeal, the RFS Reform Act is a common sense solution to help ease the impacts of the ethanol mandate.”

Background: The RFS Elimination Act has the support of 60 cosponsors. The RFS Reform Act, which has the support of 42 bipartisan cosponsors, eliminates corn-based ethanol requirements, caps the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent, requires the EPA to set cellulosic biofuels levels at production levels, and decreases the total volume of renewable fuel that must be contained in gasoline sold or introduced into commerce for years 2017-2022.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates that 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels be part of our nation’s fuel supply by 2022. Almost all of this is currently being fulfilled by corn ethanol. Both the RFS Elimination Act and the RFS Reform Act will be referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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