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partial repeal of the RFS does not fix the biggest problems caused by the law, and therefore, the entire RFS should be repealed.

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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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Key Vote: Senate Energy Bill Amendments

  • 02/01/16
  • AEA
  • Renewable Fuel Standard
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...
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