Bill To Repeal Corn Ethanol Mandate Is a Welcome Step

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation introduced today that would repeal the federal requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline is a welcome step toward reform of the biofuels program known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, EWG Policy Associate Alex Rindler said today.

“EWG commends Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) for taking action to address the environmental, economic and consumer harms that result from diverting corn for transportation fuel. The Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2013 reflects a growing recognition that corn ethanol has failed to deliver on its promises, and that reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard is badly needed to confront the challenges of climate change, curb air and water pollution and preserve America’s landscape.

“Congress should focus on hastening the development of low-carbon, second-generation biofuels that do not compromise our food supply and ensure that the market is no longer dominated by conventional biofuels such as corn ethanol. This legislation moves us closer toward these goals.”

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