In 2005 and 2007, the EPA required that corn ethanol and other bio-fuels be added to all gasoline in increasing amounts. Since then, corn ethanol added to gasoline has failed on many fronts. It doesn’t result in reducing CO2 emissions because of the use of fossil fuels in its production. It costs more at the pump because it gives fewer miles per gallon than the equivalent amount of petroleum-based fuel. It disrupts the global food economy by removing 40% of U.S. corn from the food supply.
Two bills, Senate-S.577 and House-H.R.704, aim to correct this problem. The Senate bill will end the mandate for corn-based ethanol, but not the overall mandate for bio-fuels in gasoline. The House bill will limit the amount of all bio-fuels that can be included in gasoline to 10%. Both will be a step in the right direction as we move toward a less fossil fuel dependent future.
Ask your Senators and Representative to rethink the earlier optimism about corn and all ethanol mandates for gasoline and to sign on and support bills that will eliminate or limit current mandates: Senate Bill—S.577—The Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015, and House Bill—H.R.704—The Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015.
Web: www.senate.gov, www.house.gov
Telephone: (202) 224-3121 (Capital switchboard)
Mail: Senator or Representative (first & last name)
U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515
Photo: Indian Corn, Bill Carbone