Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced the “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2013.” The bill ends the corn ethanol mandate, but keeps the requirements for other biofuel production requirements.
Senator Feinstein (D-CA) said, “I strongly support requiring a shift to low-carbon advanced biofuel, including biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol and other revolutionary fuels. But a corn ethanol mandate is simply bad policy.” She also believes the changes are needed to prevent increased food costs, environmental harm and damage to engines because of the corn ethanol mandate.
The National Chicken Council said in support of the legislation, “Congressional action to repeal the corn ethanol mandate remains the most viable pathway to allowing all users of corn to have equal standing in the marketplace.” The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), which represents the ethanol industry, said, “This legislation ought to be entitled ‘The Oil Monopoly Protection Act of 2013.’ This bill would deprive Americans of cost-saving, renewable fuel choices. It would set this country back in its quest to gain energy independence and further damage the environment by increasing the need for fracking, tar sands and off-shore drilling.”
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