Tag: Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

Report: EPA to scale back proposed cuts to Renewable Fuel Standard

A report from Reuters citing industry sources says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will partially backtrack on drastic cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) it proposed in November.

The original RFS reduction proposal would have cut the target for the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline from 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons in 2014. The Reuters report says that the final number will likely be 13.6 billion.

From the Reuters story:

The EPA shocked biofuel supporters in November with a draft rule that slashed federal requirements for biofuel use in gasoline and diesel.

Read more >

NCGA to President Obama: Allow the bipartisan RFS to continue working

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with biotechnology businesses and ethanol groups, called on President Obama last week to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

In a letter sent to the President, NCGA and the other groups cited the recently released National Climate Assessment as yet another reason to maintain a strong RFS and continue setting our goals high for blending homegrown biofuels in our gasoline.

Read more >

Don't let Big Oil rig the debate

Did you know that the oil industry has spent more than $1 million for every member of Congress to buy influence on Capitol Hill over the last five years? Or that despite hundreds of billions of dollars in profits, oil companies enjoy special tax breaks and subsidies that date back to 1913?

All of these facts and more can be found at OilRiggled.com, a new website from Fuels America that holds nothing back in shooting down myths and misinformation spread by Big Oil companies about homegrown ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Read more >

Video: Support for the RFS rang out across Minnesota

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline, corn farmers took action.

Over 7,000 corn farmers and renewable fuels supporters wrote letters to EPA about saving the RFS and continuing to support homegrown ethanol. Not only did corn farmers and their allies make their voices heard in letters, they also spoke out on radio,

Read more >

EPA administrator hints about changes to Renewable Fuel Standard proposal

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy dropped a few hints yesterday that changes could be coming to its proposal to slash the RFS, which would reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

“I have heard loud and clear that you don’t think we hit that right,” McCarthy told a crowd of about 100 people at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture winter conference in Reston,

Read more >

Is your "Don't mess with the RFS" letter in this stack of thousands?

EPA RFS Letters MinnesotaWhen the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it’s proposal to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and slash the amount of the ethanol blended in gasoline, Minnesota corn farmers got angry.

And started writing letters. Thousands of letters, actually, with more coming in every day.

The letters (some are pictured above, stacked high) tell EPA “Don’t mess with the RFS” and should start arriving on EPA’s doorstep next week.

Read more >

Restaurant industry enjoys record profits while trying to tear down the Renewable Fuel Standard

While the restaurant industry continues pedaling myths about ethanol and lobbying Congress to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s raking in record profits.

According to a National Restaurant Association forecast, sales will jump 3.6 percent in 2014 to a record $683.4 billion. This will be the fifth consecutive year of growth for the restaurant industry.

Restaurants are enjoying these record profits despite making sky-is-falling claims about ethanol driving up food costs and hurting their bottom lines.

Read more >

MN Ag EXPO 2014 comes to a close

Corn and soybean farmers from throughout Minnesota gathered at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato on Wednesday and Thursday to develop grassroots policy, network and discuss about the latest technology and happenings in the world of corn and soybean farming.

We will have more from MN Ag EXPO 2014 next week. For now, here are two video reports from the event:

KEYC – Mankato News, Weather, Sports –

Read more >

Corn Links: Catching up after the holidays

If you were too busy opening presents or ringing in the new year over the last week to keep up with the latest news from the world of corn farming and agriculture, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is what you missed, and a few things you should look forward to:

  • In an op-ed published in newspapers throughout Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar called a proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “the equivalent of a football coach benching the quarterback midway through a winning season.”

Read more >

Ethanol is not subsidized by taxpayers

“The only problem I have with ethanol is that it’s subsidized by the government!”

“Why take the people’s tax money and hand it to a few corporate faremers (sic) & refiners?” 

“Let’ look at the damage caused by subsidizing ethanol.”

These are actual reader comments on recent newspaper stories that focus on ethanol. If the topic of ethanol comes up among friends or family members,

Read more >