After years of dramatically increasing the amount of ethanol required in gasoline, EPA is finally beginning to reserve course. But EPA needs to hear from you. If you think that EPA shouldn’t force people to use ethanol, let them know today.
For the first time since 2007, the EPA has proposed a slight cut to the amount of ethanol that must blended into the nation’s fuel supply this year. But this may not happen unless the EPA hears from you.
Ethanol can be harmful to engines, especially at the levels EPA has proposed in the past. And worse, the current law forces farmers to turn food into fuel because the law requires Americans to consume billions of gallons of ethanol a year, even if they don’t want to.
Although progress has been made, there’s still more work to do. The Renewable Fuel Standards Program (RFS) is fundamentally flawed because it is based on the belief that government bureaucrats can accurately predict gasoline demand years in advance, as well as ethanol production and demand.
Tell the EPA that reducing the ethanol mandate is not enough. Congress must repeal the RFS to let the free market flourish and support a healthy energy future.
David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. writes, “The ethanol mandate in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard increases corn prices and food prices. This harms consumers and distorts the domestic and international commodity market. While waiving the mandate would be an improvement, eliminating it is the best choice.”
Using food for fuel is immoral. According to UNICEF and the World Health Organization every year six million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday. This equates to 16,438 children a day. The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world is well-fed, one-third is under-fed one-third is starving. Since you’ve entered this site at least 200 people have died of starvation. Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger.