Environment, Education, Energy: Policy to People

“Ethanol Mandate Criticized in Hearing Held by Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford”

Lankford grilled the EPA on new ethanol requirements, which he worried could void warranties on cars and trucks. “Lankford, the subcommittee chairman, did not invite a witness from the renewable fuels industry, though he had a panel of three strong critics of the standard.”

The Renewable Fuel Standard was approved by Congress in 2005 and then updated in 2007, at a time when domestic demand for gasoline was rising, along with oil imports; lawmakers wanted to encourage the production of alternative fuels. The last few years, however, have seen a boom in domestic crude and natural gas production, along with falling demand for fuel. And some critics, including the oil and gas industry, have called for repeal of the standard. Opponents also have blamed the standard for rising costs of feed and food, since so much corn is used to produce ethanol.

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