Senators Say RFS is Broken
June 28, 2013
U.S. Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) introduced "The Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act," S. 1195. The bill would repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in its entirety.
"The RFS is fundamentally broken and beyond repair," said Barrasso. "Instead of delivering meaningful environmental benefits, it's driven up food and fuel costs for American families. This flawed program will also inevitably lead to widespread lawsuits against American manufacturers. When Congress enacts bad policy, the right response is to scrap it and start over."
In 2005, Congress established the RFS effectively requiring refiners to blend increasing volumes of biofuels (e.g., corn ethanol) into the nation's gasoline supplies. In 2007, Congress expanded the RFS effectively requiring refiners to blend much larger volumes of biofuels and advanced biofuels (e.g., cellulosic ethanol) into the nation's gasoline and diesel fuel supplies.
In addition to Barrasso, Pryor and Toomey, S. 1195 is co-sponsored by Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).