RFS Reform Act proposal would eliminate biofuels mandate
The Renewable Fuels Association, however, claims the proposed legislation represents “circular logic.”
“You can’t say ‘we support biofuels’ and then pull the rug out from underneath companies that relied upon government policy and are now building biorefineries that create hundres of construction jobs at each location or are hitting milestones in new production,” RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen said.
Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council, says the proposed legislation “gets points for being creative. Disguised as a reform effort supportive of advanced biofuels, the RFS Reform Act actually guts the RFS by eliminating key provisions that require oil companies to actually change their behavior and buy renewable fuels. It is not a coincidence that the American Petroleum Institute (API) has been asking for these modifications to the RFS for years. But the RFS Reform Act is even more disingenuous than that. While stating that he merely wants ethanol to compete in a free market, in the same breath Congressman Goodlatte proposes to ban ethanol from 90 percent of the market. If there ever was a definition of free market fit for the oil industry, this is it.
“It is doubtful that the sponsors of this legislation truly believe that the best way to promote second generation biofuel is to kill first generation biofuel and provide Congressional protections for the oil industry’s monopoly over the fuel blend in the process,” Coleman says. “This is just a smokescreen for going after the one alternative fuel and the one policy that has fundamentally disrupted oil industry control of the marketplace while saving consumers money at the pump.”