KEY MESSAGE: The Renewable Standard is working for America. EPA must follow the Renewable Fuel Standard and raise the 2017 ethanol volume back to statute. Anything less than statute takes America backward – threatening our environment, our economy, and our energy security.
- EPA’s 2017 ethanol Reformulated Volume Obligation (RVO) rule is 200 million gallons below statute. That equates to a loss of use of 71.4 million bushels of corn.
- WCGA is asking corn growers to comment on EPA’s rule to raise the 2017 ethanol volume back to statute before July 11 at ncga.com/rfs.
About the RFS
- The RFS is working as intended by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, decreasing our reliance on foreign oil, lowering gasoline prices for consumers and increasing economic stability in rural America.
- Ethanol reduces greenhouses gas emissions by 36% compared to regular gasoline.
- Ethanol saves consumers an average of 50 cents to $1 per gallon at the gas pump.
- The RFS is needed for one reason: the vertically integrated oil industry controls the majority of fuel suppliers and retail outlets in the United States.
- Without the RFS there is a very real possibility that ethanol would be cut out of the marketplace.
Economic Impact of Ethanol in Wisconsin
- Wisconsin has 9 ethanol plants, which generate:
- $4.2 billion economic output – $1.9 billion direct
- 19,080 jobs – 6,395 direct
- $982.6 million wages – $310.4 million direct