AGRIBUSINESS: EPA Proposal Reaches End of Public Comment

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January 28 marked the end of the public comment period for EPA's proposed 16 percent cut for renewables production this year.
If allowed to unfold as written by Congress, the renewable fuel standard would have mandated the production of biofuels this year beyond the so-called blend wall, at more than ten percent of the total fuel supply.
EPA has claimed that the industry can't make enough biofuel at the right volumes and that cars cannot use higher blends of ethanol.
Opponents of the proposal disagree. They say EPA does not have the authority to reduce the RFS.


  • William Denison

    When they say “renewables” they mean corn and soy beans which could be grown to feed millions of hungrey people worldwide if only there was money to be made by it. Much more easy to just burn “renewables” so we here can get to the store cheaper and buy overpriced meats due to the cost of “renewables” being burned in our cars.

    • Leroy

      We could use the foods that are burned to feed livestock lowering the cost of beef. Which would lower the cost to the fast food chains which then could pass on the savings to the workers paying then a living wage. And then I don’t have to worry about the guy behind the counter doing something to my burger because he now wants to keep his job and my $6.00 burger is still worth $6.00.

  • Joe

    For years and years when farmers were only getting a $1.80 a bushel for corn, $5.00 for soybeans along with low prices for pork and beef, it didn’t stop the food companies from raising prices, shrinking boxes of food and making record profits along with the trucking companies and food mills. The extracted portion for feed and food doesn’t even go to fuel. We’ve been subsidizing oil companies for 101 years!

  • Troy Hendrickson

    The EPA is correct, any standard vehicle (meaning other than FFV types) 2012 or older can’t safely burn ethanol blends higher the E10, which is no US auto company has, or will warranty it for those vehicles. The ethanol cabal has consistently lied about this, even getting E15 pumps labeled in a deceptive, unlawful manner while quietly trying to pass a law protecting ethanol producers and sellers from damage claims arising from ethanol use.

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