Attacks On Corn Ethanol Continue

Iowa Farm Scene

Iowa Corn Growers and Governor Branstad urge you to let EPA know what you think.

Published on: November 21, 2013

First it was that widely circulated Associated Press article last week that blamed ethanol for soil erosion and other environmental problems. Then the federal Environmental Protection Agency released its proposal to reduce the required use of corn-based ethanol in 2014 in the nation's gasoline supply. The attacks on corn ethanol keep coming.

Late last week the Environmental Protection Agency released its 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations or RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard. RVOs are set annually by the EPA and dictate the amount of renewable fuel that needs to be blended into the U.S. motor fuel supply. "Unfortunately, the White House bent to pressure from Big Oil and has proposed to lower the conventional ethanol requirements to 13 billion gallons," says Don Mason, membership services director for the Iowa Corn Growers Association. An estimated 13.8 billion gallons of "corn based" ethanol is being used in 2013.

DEFENDING ETHANOL: Iowa corn growers and ethanol groups vow to fight EPAs proposal to reduce the required use of ethanol in 2014 to 13 billion gallons. That would be down from 14.4 billion as set by statute in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. An estimated 13.8 billion gallons of "corn based" ethanol is being used in the U.S. in 2013.
DEFENDING ETHANOL: Iowa corn growers and ethanol groups vow to fight EPA's proposal to reduce the required use of ethanol in 2014 to 13 billion gallons. That would be down from 14.4 billion as set by statute in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. An estimated 13.8 billion gallons of "corn based" ethanol is being used in the U.S. in 2013.

The current RFS statute requires that 14.4 billion gallons of conventional ethanol be blended in 2014; however, the proposed rule is 1.4 billion gallons less than that requirement because EPA claims corn ethanol has met the E10 blend wall. "ICGA is extremely concerned about the potential corn industry impacts from this proposed cap. EPA needs to hear from corn growers," says Mason. There is a 60-day public comment period on the EPA proposals for the RFS. So they aren't set in stone yet.

Iowa governor has launched a website supporting the RFS

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have launched a new website in an effort to counter EPA's proposed reduction of 2014 blending requirements. The site, ProtecttheRFS.com, collects comments from citizens about the proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard and sends them to EPA. "The result of this proposed rule change would mean corn prices would plummet below the cost of production, loss of jobs and increased dependence on foreign oil. Concerned citizens cannot sit on the sidelines and wait for the comment period to open. Now is the time to defend and protect the RFS," Branstad says.

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  1. Keith of keith1252@comcast.net says:

    Lowering a requirement is not an attack. Its the corn lobby forcing me to have ethanol in my tank when its bad for livestock farmers, bad for my motorcycle, and less efficient than regular gasoline. If it was good, you wouldn't need to require it.

    • B. Wall says:

      Keith, it's truly disappointing to hear anyone take a stance against the industry that has kept food on your plate, since before your great grandparents were here to eat it. Do you like high gas prices? I might suspect that's one reason you drive a motorcycle is to limit the amount you spend on fuel. .. By siding with Big Oil & against RFS, you are going to pay much much more in fuel and parts, guaranteed. The oil industry was monopolized a long time ago, hence "Big Oil", then backed by auto mfg's, (have you heard anything about the auto industry fixing prices?!?!?! Hmmm, wonder where they learned that trick). Bogus Big Oil backed research, myth, and lack of an understanding of the big picture seems to be the only reason anyone in their right mind would ever oppose RFS & support the Big Oil monopoly. Please research & reconsider before we all lose.