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Bipartisan legislation introduced to end corn ethanol mandate

Posted Apr. 10, 2013 / Posted by: Adam Russell

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today Representatives Goodlatte (R-Va.), Womack (R-Ark.), Costa (D-Calif.) and Welch (D-Vt.) introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act, which would eliminate the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard and cap the amount of ethanol that can be in a gallon of regular gasoline at 10 percent. Friends of the Earth Tax Analyst Ben Schreiber had the following statement on the bill:

“Unfortunately the promise of corn ethanol has been replaced with a reality of rising food prices, polluted water and smog filled air. It is simply unconscionable to mandate the use of corn ethanol now that we know its impacts.

“It is past time for Congress to reevaluate our support for corn ethanol and that is exactly what the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act does. This bipartisan group of congressmen have worked together on an important bill that would reduce government support for corn ethanol and help create the space in our fuel supply that we will need if we are ever to have truly sustainable biofuels.”

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Contact:
Ben Schreiber, 202-222-0752, bschreiber@foe.org

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