The EPA was already almost one-year late delivering its 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel mandates. However, last week the EPA announced it wouldn’t be doing its job at all. They’re punting until 2015.
That means there will be no revised directive from the EPA telling refiners how much ethanol and other biofuel content they are required to blend into our fuel supply.
Taking a year off on this issue is inexcusable. The RFS has already been shown to be a failed policy that negatively impacts drivers, the environment, and our food supply. Americans don’t want it. Those who are firmly planted in the Ethanol lobby do.
The jury’s been in on this one for a while now. It’s time for the EPA to stand up to Ethanol interests and admit that the RFS simply does not work. The process of repealing or drastically revising the standards is long overdue.
Here are just a few of the things that have lately been written about the RFS:
“Ethanol production has diverted more than 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop from food to fuel, leading to a 25 percent increase in the consumer price index for food since 2005. Continuing to implement the Renewable Fuel Standard could lead to fuel rationing and supply shortages that could drive up gasoline costs by 30 percent and diesel costs by 300 percent, according to a NERA Economic Consulting study.”
- John Griffin, Executive Director, Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan
“Instead of attempting to reform the renewable standard, Congress should repeal it to protect American consumers from higher fuel and food costs.”
- Kenneth A. Schwarz, retired petroleum exploration geologist
“The rule is already a year overdue and the administration has no intention of finalizing this year's requirements before the year ends. It is unacceptable to expect refiners to provide the fuels Americans need with so much regulatory uncertainty. This is an example of government at its worst.
“The Renewable Fuel Standard was flawed from the beginning, horribly mismanaged, and is now broken. The only real solution is for Congress to scrap the program and let consumers, not the federal government, choose the best fuel to put in their tanks. Failure to repeal could put millions of motorists at risk of higher fuel costs, damaged engines, and costly repairs.”
- Jack Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute
“Today's announcement is further evidence that Congress must reform our badly broken food-to-fuel policies. By failing to reduce the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline, the Obama administration today missed an opportunity to immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions”
- Mike Lavender, policy analyst, Environmental Working Group
The EPA should be embarrassed about its delays and inaction. It’s time to repeal this broken law. The list of policy negatives vastly outweighs any potential positives. The EPA and legislators should recognize this and scrap the RFS.