Ever since grain prices began climbing in response to this summer’s drought, pressure has intensified for elimination, or at least a modification, of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which currently mandates 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels going into the nation’s fuel supply this year, most of that from corn. And for every group opposing the RFS, at least one other steps forward to defend it.
Last week, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) called on EPA to waive the current RFS in light of corn shortages and soaring feed costs across the U.S.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) also submitted its comments to the EPA, in this case defending the RFS and its importance to the U.S. rural economy.
Also last week, the 25x’25 alliance announced its support for Fuels America, a coalition of renewable-fuel stakeholders who support the RFS. The 25x’25 initiative advocates for America’s farms, forests and ranches to provide 25 percent of the nation’s energy needs by 2025.