Should The Renewable Fuel Standard Be Dumped?

The National Council of Chain Restaurants has launched a coalition-based grassroots campaign aimed at repealing the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This week's online poll question is: "Do you support a repeal of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard?" Be sure to share your thoughts on the topic in the comments section after voting.

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on Sep 12, 2013

i have watched numerous documentaries and read many reports about this subject and one thing always pops out at me and that is that it takes more energy to produce a gallon of ethonol than the energy that you get from that gallon of ethonal, meaning it is energy negative. And in the mean time we pay farmers to plant corn, litterally give them a check before they even get the planter in the field, and in the end have to pay taxes to float an industry that can't stand on its own two feet because there is no profit in it, period. and also drive up the price of everything from a box of corn flakes, to a pound of burger all the way down to a 12 pack of coke. Geez i wish i got a check by just telling someone how many calves i expected to drop each spring,,, END ALL SUBSIDIES!!

Anonymous
on Jul 1, 2013

The free market can not decide, because the consumer must have at least two choices and that is not present in the majority of gas stations. Also everyone knows, alcohol does not have the BTU content as pure gasoline, so, in turn it takes more alcohol to produce the same amount of power as gasoline. Here in the mid-south, the humidity is high and alcohol absorbs water, you got it, the BTU's is further lowered because of the water absorption

Anonymous
on Jun 30, 2013

The RFS has brought more wealth and revitalizing to ag than I have seen in my 50 years,and made a large cut in oil imports. This is a good thing let us not stop mid stream !

Anonymous
on Jun 30, 2013

the ethanol program at best is 6-7 units of energy in and 8 out.If we build the Keystone pipeline it is so Canada can export tar sands oil. We the U.S. are preparing to export natural gas.Does this make any sense? WAKE UP FOLKS

Anonymous
on Jun 29, 2013

cut the bugget cut out subdies 4 ethnal

Anonymous
on Jun 29, 2013

its a good thing to get both fuel and feed from the same grain crp is hurting us worse than any thing.

Anonymous
on Jun 29, 2013

It's not very wise to use one of out principal foods as a part of our energy. Eventually the cost of corn will spiral to a point where it will not be priced low enough for food or gasoline.
Lets find some other method of reducing cost of energy.

Anonymous
on Jun 29, 2013

I spent 2 hours today cleaning the carburator on a water pump because I didn't use ethanol free gas last year. my auto mechanic replaces at least one fuel pump per week, before mandated ethanol it was a couple per year.

Anonymous
on Jun 28, 2013

Let the free market decide. Real gas gives better mileage and doesn't hurt older vehicles. At least make real gas an option.

Anonymous
on Jun 28, 2013

If Ethanol is really saving the consumer $1.00 per gallon, the great! However, the real market would determine if that difference is real or a guess. If the fuel was really price a $1.00 higher in a free market--unfettered by gov't intervention, the ethanol industry would be incentivized to make more ethanol.

Anonymous
on Jun 28, 2013

Look at the "virtues" of ethanol. It takes between 1 and 1.3 gallons of gas to produce 1 gal. of ethanol, because less power is produced gas mileage drops, it ruins 2 cycle engines, it cannot support itself in the marketplace therefore huge subsidies and mandates are required. Even the environmentalists are against it. What's not to like?

Anonymous
on Jun 28, 2013

It is time for the ethanol industry to conduct business in the free market just as so many others do. They have had all the opportunity that is needed to establish their product with the consumer. Let's let the gov,t step aside and see what they can do.

Anonymous
on Jun 28, 2013

The industry supported by the mandate, mainly ethanol production is a mature industry now. Not only should the renewable fuel mandate be dropped, subsidies to that end As well should be ended. It's unhealthy economically speaking to have such a huge impact on the entire nation's economic situation due to both mandates, and subsidies.

Anonymous
on Jun 28, 2013

How can these people be so misinformed? Ethanol saves our citizens over a dollar a gallon at the pump because we import less foreign oil. What do our citizens do with that savings from Ethanol? They are able to buy extra items and eat out more to stimulate our economy.

Anonymous
on Jun 28, 2013

Wrong thinking. Where is ethanol blended gasoline one dollar cheaper? That is not free market and is not in the best intrest of our country. Let's quit letting the Government control our spending.

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