High rollin’ Big Oil executives, the Koch Brothers, and asthma inhaler manufacturers make a list of the top 10 people who benefit from a weakened Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compiled by Fuels America.
Minnesota corn farmers have been waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue final numbers on the 2014 RFS, which sets targets for the amount of homegrown ethanol blended into our fuel supply.
EPA proposed drastically slashing the RFS, but has yet to release a final number for 2014. Minnesota corn farmers and renewable fuels supporters sent over 7,000 letters to EPA telling the agency to not mess with the RFS.
Ethanol made my Minnesota corn farmers and a strong RFS means cleaner air, lower gas prices, more rural jobs and less reliance on foreign oil from hostile countries or environmentally sensitive areas.
Weakening the RFS is good for Big Oil and overseas countries looking to attract biofuels investments that would normally be made in the U.S., but it’s not good for the average American.
And with a record corn crop of 14 billion bushels projected by USDA, U.S. corn farmers have proven once again that they can grow enough corn to provide plenty of food, feed, fiber and fuel for the entire world, with some left over.
Unless you made the top 10 list, a weaker RFS is bad news for you.