Today President Trump met with U.S. Senators representing oil refiners and those representing corn/ethanol producers in order to discuss options for reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard. A potential list of options had been suggested for a focus of the meeting.
In response, Taxpayers for Common Sense joins several organizations whose interests were not represented, in the following statement:
“For the last 10 years, the current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has proven time and time again that it has not been working for the American public. From consumers forced to pay more for their food and shoulder the burden of engine failure, to makers of truly advanced fuels that have been undermined by the ethanol mandate, to the wildlife that have seen their habitats disappear, to the fisheries and drinking water supplies that have been fouled by chemical runoff, to all federal taxpayers who pick up the tab for distorted energy and agricultural markets, these impacts have been pervasive and affected far more facets of society than the two industries represented in today’s White House discussions.
“As we move forward to address this broken policy, we would remind decision-makers that any meaningful reform must include the broad range of stakeholders and American values that have suffered under the RFS. We urge Congressional leaders to engage in an inclusive process for action on the ethanol mandate.”
The organizations we join in this statement are:
- American Sportfishing Association
- Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS)
- Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
- Mighty Earth
- National Council of Chain Restaurants
- National Marine Manufacturers Association
- National Taxpayers Union
- National Wildlife Federation
- Sierra Club
- Southeast Milk, Inc.