White House Holds RFS Meeting

April 10, 2018 12:32 PM

President Trump is continuing to focus on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as competing interests are vying for the attention from the White House.

During the biofuels meeting Monday afternoon, participants including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue were in attendance as cabinet officials reviewed a list of potential changes to the RFS.

On AgriTalk Monday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.) discussed the “back door approach” of issuing an increasing number of waivers for small refiners.

Watch the story on AgDay above.

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Spell Check

Lake Charles, LA
4/10/2018 07:11 PM

  The best solution to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), and the Renewable Identification Number, (RIN), Price issue, is to simply allow elevated ethanol blends, such as E15, to be sold to consumers who want to use them, year round. This can be easily done by granting E15 and higher ethanol blends the same RVP (Reid Vapor Pressure), Waiver that the E10 Ethanol Blend currently has. Ethanol blends higher that 10%, actually have a lower Reid Vapor Pressure and lower emissions than E10 has, yet their sale is prohibited during the summertime driving season. So we have better fuels, that sell for better prices and have lower environmental emissions, yet their sail is currently restricted during the heavy summer driving season. Why? My guess is to basically appease the oil industry! Remove the unproductive RVP Restrictions on elevated ethanol blends, and the RFS / RIN Issues will solve themselves, and go away, as consumers shift to better fuels at better prices. So why does Mr. Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator, think he needs some kind of Win-Win Solution with the "Oil Industry" to offer all Americans Cleaner, Cheaper, Higher Octane Fuels?

Clayton, NM
4/11/2018 10:02 AM

  Ethanol was the next step beyond fossil fuel, but we need to go a step, or several, farther. Ethanol is corn based. When you have a winter/spring like this one, the corn crops are affected negatively, which could impact the production of ethanol. The next step forward would be a product that isn't dependent on the weather; be it solar and wind for electric hybrid vehicles, or recycling of refuse and manure to produce a fuel source that can be mixed with fossil fuel as ethanol is or used by itself. Face it, we are always going to have garbage, manure, plant residuals, etc. The key is to keep looking forward for something better. Especially something that does not add to greenhouse gases.