EWG Applauds Senators’ Move to Eliminate Federal Support for Corn Ethanol

Washington, DC – An amendment filed today by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) to repeal the federal corn ethanol mandate would make room to develop greener advanced fuels for American cars and trucks, Environmental Working Group said today. The proposal was introduced as an amendment to the pending bill that would mandate approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.

EWG Policy Analyst Mike Lavender said:

“To date, the Renewable Fuel Standard has failed to deliver on its promise of environmentally beneficial biofuels. Corn ethanol – which produces more greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline – is the poster child of this failure. We thank Senators Feinstein and Toomey for their leadership in seeking to eliminate federal support for corn ethanol.  Taking this step would bring us one step closer to truly ‘green’ biofuels.”

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