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  • ETHANOL
Winning Issue » ETHANOL


The Renewable Fuel Standard requires us to use 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuels such as ethanol each year. Ethanol is distilled from corn and blended into gasoline to help it burn cleaner and reduce the amount of gasoline used. There is about one gallon of ethanol in every 10 gallons of gasoline we buy. More than 13 billion gallons of ethanol will be produced this year. Producing ethanol consumes about 40% of our nation's corn crop and about three gallons of water for every gallon of fuel produced. Advocates say higher food prices result from the competition between those interested using corn for food and those who wish to process it into fuel. This competition especially hurts the developing countries to which we export this crop. Critics claim it is unethical to use food as fuel. Ethanol supporters say this biofuel helps our corn farmers, reduces both our greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on foreign oil, and exerts downward pressure on oil prices. Opponents claim ethanol is not a net energy saver since it uses more energy to produce than the gasoline it saves. Others note that our increased domestic production of oil and gas minimizes the argument that we need ethanol to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. And since the ethanol industry exported more than 800 million gallons of ethanol in 2014, some question the need for the Renewable Fuel Standard if ethanol is competitive on the global market.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.704 - RFS Reform Act of 2015
H.R.703 - Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current ethanol policy and wish to defeat H.R.704 - RFS Reform Act of 2015 and H.R.703 - Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending the Clean Air Act to eliminate certain requirements under the renewable fuel program, to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from approving the introduction into commerce of gasoline that contains greater than 10-volume-percent ethanol, and wish to pass H.R.704 - RFS Reform Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY) and/or Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I oppose using ethanol as a fuel additive and wish to amend the Clean Air Act to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuel program, which requires transportation fuel to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuel, and wish to pass H.R.703 - Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY) and/or Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA, or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support amending the Clean Air Act to eliminate certain requirements under the renewable fuel program, to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from approving the introduction into commerce of gasoline that contains greater than 10-volume-percent ethanol, and wish to pass H.R.704 - RFS Reform Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY) and/or Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
April 2, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
April 15, 2020
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April 9, 2020


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