December 3, 2015

Will congressional opposition to RFS rule lead to reform?

The ink on U.S. EPA’s final rule for the renewable fuel standard is barely dry, but long-standing foes in Congress are already aiming to block the biofuels program.
Yesterday, Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas), who spearheaded a letter with Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) last month to stop the annual increase of biofuels in the U.S. gasoline supply, offered an amendment to the House’s comprehensive energy bill (see related story). The language would prevent implementation of the program if the RFS calls for biofuel blending to exceed 10 percent — a “blend wall” that limits overall ethanol concentration to a level that minimizes potential risks of the biofuel corroding the inside of older vehicles and small engines. Read More

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