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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. In the letter, the Senators argue that EPA incorrectly applied the law and set the RFS levels too low. They state, “we remain...
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Four Things Congress Should Include in the Budget

  • 03/18/16
  • AEA
  • EPA
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 to stake out policy goals and priorities. The House Budget Committee recently passed its version of a resolution, setting up...
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Key Vote: Senate Energy Bill Amendments

  • 02/01/16
  • AEA
  • Energy Development
The Senate is poised to consider broad energy legislation, the first of its kind since 2007. S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, seeks to address various facets of energy policy, from efficiency standards to power supply and the electric grid. Overall, this bill fails to shepard in significant energy policy reform and instead increases regulation and spending in an effort to fix perceived problems similar to the 2005 and 2007 energy bills. In reality, few energy issues are...
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Go Big or Go Home: Only Solution for RFS is Full Repeal

  • 01/28/16
  • AEA
  • Renewable Fuel Standard
WASHINGTON – Today, the American Energy Alliance launched a six-figure advocacy initiative urging Congress to reject efforts that fall short of fully repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard. Amid speculation that the Toomey-Feinstein partial repeal language could be added as an amendment to the Senate Energy Bill, AEA will run a digital advocacy initiative in Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. These ads will educate D.C. policymakers about why full repeal is the only solution and call on...
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ICYMI: Ethanol Mandate Hurts Iowa Corn Farmers

  • 01/27/16
  • AEA
  • Renewable Fuel Standard
Yesterday, American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle penned an op-ed on The Hill's Congress Blog explaining how the Renewable Fuel Standard hurts Iowa farmers—despite conventional wisdom to the contrary. The full text is included below:

Ethanol mandate hurts Iowa corn farmers By Thomas Pyle
Iowans will soon cast the first votes of the 2016 presidential election. As the caucus draws near, Washington lobbyists are working overtime to smear any candidate who stands up for...

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Key Vote: Yes on Amendments to H.R. 8

  • 12/01/15
  • AEA
  • Oil Exports
This week, Congress will consider H.R. 8, the House energy bill. Known as the “Architecture of Abundance,” this legislation aims to tackle numerous energy-related issues. Two amendments to this bill could significantly help American families. An amendment offered by Reps. Barton, Cuellar, McCaul, and Flores would lift the current ban on oil exports. Another amendment by Reps. DeSantis, Walker, Bridenstine, and Duncan (SC)  would repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Both amendments...
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EPA Bureaucrats Bungle the RFS...Again

  • 11/30/15
  • AEA
  • Press Releases
Agency's Mismanagement Highlights Need to Repeal the Mandate WASHINGTON -- American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement on EPA’s 2014-2016 volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):
"EPA bureaucrats continue to prove they are incapable of managing the RFS. The agency consistently misses deadlines and sets unrealistic levels for cellulosic ethanol, which is expensive and not commercially viable. This gross mismanagement is just one more...

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Ethanol Group Misses Mark on Energy Scorecard

Throughout the presidential campaign thus far, several candidates have made energy issues key aspects of their platforms. In Iowa, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been of particular import due to the heavy influence of the ethanol lobby. One group, America’s Renewable Future, is looking to pressure candidates to support its position by releasing a scorecard tracking where each of the candidates stand on the RFS. Yet ARF has it backwards: to protect American families, the RFS should...
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Clinton’s Ethanol Plan Harms Rural America

  • 09/21/15
  • AEA
  • Renewable Fuel Standard
Last month, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released her “Plan for a Vibrant Rural America.” Despite Clinton’s claims, her plan will harm rural families. Moreover, by mandating expensive transportation fuels, Clinton’s plan amounts to a national gas tax. Clinton Flip-Flopped on Ethanol “Gas Tax” As a Senator, Clinton once adamantly opposed an early version of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires refiners to blend rising amounts of biofuel into gasoline....
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How Defunding the RFS Could Hurt Consumers

  • 07/06/15
  • AEA
  • Blog
Before the July 4th Congressional recess, the House began considering the FY 2016 Interior & Environment appropriations bill. A number of other amendments are awaiting consideration for debate when they return. One such well-intentioned amendment by Rep Loudermilk from Georgia stands out from the pack. His amendment reads:
“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement, administer, or enforce section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7545(o)).”
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