Renewable Fuel: Good for Our Climate


Renewable Fuel: Good for Our Climate

Posted 24 November 2015 in


Since the passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the United States has achieved major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, protecting our climate and public health.

Over the past 10 years, the RFS has significantly cut carbon emissions – slashing transportation-related CO2 emissions by nearly 590 million metric tons. That’s equivalent to taking more than 124 million cars off the road in that same period.

We can continue to curb carbon emissions by using more clean, homegrown, renewable fuel. Corn ethanol use reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent compared to gasoline and the rate for cellulosic biofuel is even higher at 108 percent.

The benefits to our air are clear and meaningful. But, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule for the RFS would lower ethanol blend volume requirements and drastically increase carbon emissions. If enacted, the EPA’s proposal would add nearly 20 million tons of carbon emissions in this year alone – the same as putting 7.3 million cars back on the road.

If the United States wants to lead the world in efforts to combat climate change and curb greenhouse gas emissions, it must strengthen the RFS. When he looks to other countries at the climate talks in Paris this December, our President needs to remember the most successful policy in his own country aimed at combating climate change and slashing carbon emissions – the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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