Bill to fix broken RFS re-introduced in House
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan bill to reform the federal renewable fuel standard was reintroduced in the House. Sponsored by Rep. Goodlatte (R-Va.) with cosponsor support from Reps. Welch (D-Vt.), Costa (D-Calif.) and Womack (R-Ark.), the RFS Reform Act would eliminate the corn ethanol mandate, cap the maximum ethanol blend in gasoline at 10 percent, and require the cellulosic biofuel mandate to reflect actual production levels.
Friends of the Earth climate and energy campaigner Lukas Ross issued the following response:
Unless meaningful action is taken, RFS will remain an unworkable policy with disastrous side effects for the planet. Congress created this broken system and now Congress needs to fix it.
This bill should start a discussion on how to close the door on the corn ethanol mandate — a widely acknowledged nightmare for our air, water and climate — while leaving the door open for truly sustainable next generation cellulosic fuels.