Tuesday, July 11, 2017

So President Trump Isn’t Going To Do Much Of Anything About The RFS Mandate

There was quite a bit going on while I was away on vacation this past week (I know… you must have missed me terribly) but one item which didn’t receive much media attention was an announcement from the EPA regarding ethanol, biofuel in general and the Renewable Fuel Standard. That was one subject which I harped about endlessly during the GOP primary race and few of the Republican candidates for the presidency inspired much hope that they would deal with this destructive policy in an assertive fashion. (Ted Cruz was the notable exception.)
I suppose I was already prepared for disappointment when Donald Trump was sworn into office, and that expectation was fulfilled this week. It seems that there will be some very minor tweaks made to slow the growth of the RFS mess, but not much more than that. (Des Moines Register)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed new targets Wednesday for the amount of renewable fuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply next year.
The agency proposes that the amount of conventional ethanol, typically made from corn, remain at 15 billion gallons in 2018.
But it dropped the level of cellulosic biofuel, considered the next generation of ethanol, to 238 million gallons from 311 million gallons.
Cellulosic ethanol in Iowa is made from corn cobs, husks and other biomass.
Read the rest from Jazz Shaw HERE.

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