Feinstein, Toomey call on EPW to take up ethanol bill

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2022

Bipartisan Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Pat Toomey(R-Pa.) pressed the leadership of the Environment and Public Works Committee on Thursday to consider legislation, S. 2385, to end the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard. They write that the mandate was originally included in the program to reduce emissions, support farmers, and cut U.S. dependence on energy imports, but “numerous studies … continue to show that requiring ethanol blending is counterproductive to achieving those goals.” The pair specifically point to a recent peer-reviewed study that found the carbon intensity of corn ethanol is likely at least 24 percent higher than that of gasoline.