It's dead on arrival with any lawmaker who cares about the climate, energy security, or the farm economy."Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeley DTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2018 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates the use of ethanol in domestic gasoline supplies.This paper reviews that literature and details the broad environmental impact of the corn ethanol mandate.
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The sponsors of this legislation need to understand farmers' productivity.
Ethanol production is not significantly impacting land use."Skunes said planted corn acres were lower in 2017 than when the RFS was expanded in 2007, "yet we produced significantly more biofuels."Since 1980, he said, corn farmers have doubled production while using half the nutrient inputs per bushel."Every citizen has a stake in the RFS," Skunes said.
OMAHA (DTN) -- As the biofuels world waits for reported Renewable Fuel Standard reform legislation coming from a Texas senator, two Democrats from both chambers of Congress introduced a bill on Thursday to phase out corn ethanol and cap how much ethanol would be in the nation's fuel pool at 9.7%. The legislation also would create a new fund through a 10-cent-per-RIN fee to promote moving croplands to wildlife habitats.
In addition, the bill would immediately reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply by 1 billion gallons by capping ethanol by volume at 9.7%.
Peter Welch, D-Vt., announced RFS legislation aimed at what they said has been an environmental disaster caused by corn ethanol. The Growing Renewable Energy Through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible Fuels Act would phase out corn ethanol from the current 15 billion gallons in the RFS to 1 billion gallons by 2029.