By John Stewart on Thursday, 02 October 2014
Category: MUIRNet News

Renewable Fuel Standard and Ethanol

Joining Allard in the OMB meeting and a subsequent press conference were representatives of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the BoatUS Foundation, the Environmental Working Group, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, ActionAid, Friends of the Earth, the National Restaurant Association and the National Taxpayers Union.

Since the 2005 inception of the RFS, the EPA has annually increased the required volume of ethanol fuel that producers must blend into their products. In 2014, the EPA proposed for the first time a reduction from the statutory requirements. The agency correctly cited the fuel market's inability to sustain further increases without harming motorists, retailers and refiners.

The AMA supports the EPA's fall 2014 RFS proposal.

Allard also raised these concerns:

"Congress provided the EPA with flexibility in setting production standards, because Congress understood that market conditions could change," Allard said. "The EPA must use that authority now to implement the best policy for the American consumer, which is to follow through with its original recommendation and not bow to political pressure."

"In the long term, Congress must address the flawed RFS to ensure that millions of motorcyclists and other consumers have access to safe fuels for their vehicles," Allard said.

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