From: Jack Gerard, API
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: RFS Still Worrying Consumers
Date: Thu Jan 23 15:51:02 MST 2014
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    RFS Still Worrying Consumers      

Dear David,

Numerous agricultural, food and vehicle associations, along with anti-hunger and environmental groups, have spoken out about the negative consequences of unrealistic ethanol requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Although the EPA announced a slight volume reduction for 2014, the flawed mandate still creates significant concerns for consumers.  As the comment period on the new requirements draws to a close, here’s a sample of the serious issues raised:

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute: “Higher ethanol blends (above 10% ethanol) are not meant for outdoor power equipment such as mowers, garden tractors, chain saws, boats, snow throwers, trimmers, UTVs, power washers, blowers, chippers, grinders, generators, jaws of life, concrete saws and other compact construction equipment, as well as small engine applications such as water pumps and irrigation systems… Most outdoor power equipment was not built, designed or warranted to run on fuel greater than E10, and using higher ethanol blends can damage or destroy it.”

American Meat Institute: “The EPA decision to reduce the corn ethanol mandate is long overdue. While this is a positive action, the fact remains the RFS is a flawed policy that requires Congressional action. Even with a record corn crop expected this year, the damaging ripple effect of this defective policy has been moving through the meat and poultry complex for the past several years. The time for Congressional action is now.”

While the volume reductions might provide a brief reprieve from breaching the E10 blend wall, the RFS is a fundamentally flawed policy that puts Americans at continued risk of engine damage, higher food costs, as well as broad economic harm.  Congress should act to repeal this outdated policy before it causes further damage.


Jack Gerard
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