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Endorsing the RFS Repeal Act

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


The AFPM has applauded and strongly endorsed The Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act (S. 1195), proposed by bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators John Barrasso, Mark Pryor and Pat Toomey. The stated purposed of the RFS was to reduce dependence on foreign oil, enhance air quality and to stimulate development of alternative fuels. Yet, eight years later the RFS is working contrary to those objective.

Despite its original intent, the negative impacts created by the RFS can no longer by ignored. Consumers are paying more at the pump and the grocery store. This broken policy will also force fuels into the marketplace that are incompatible with engines, be they auto, marine or outdoor power equipment. In addition, the RFS will actually threaten air and water quality in the US.

Comments from Charles T. Drevna

‘There is a growing consensus among consumers and lawmakers that the RFS is fundamentally broken. The likelihood that the RFS will ever work is as probable as clean air in Beijing next week,’ said AFPM President, Drevna.

‘AFPM comments Sens. Barrasso, Pryor and Toomey for their strong leadership on a bill that represents the only true solution to addressing the failure of this broken policy,’ Drevna concluded.


API President and CEO Jack Gerard welcomed the bipartisan proposal introduced in the US Senate that would fully repeal the nation’s unworkable biofuels mandate, known as the RFS.

Comments from Gerard 

‘The ever increasing biofuels mandate is a looming national crisis,’ Gerard said. ‘Unless we put an immediate end to this outdated detrimental policy, the mandate could put consumers in harm’s way and disrupt the nation’s fuel supply.’

Gerard said the industry is hitting the ethanol blend wall, meaning the amount of ethanol required to be blended under the RFS is unsafe for most vehicles on the road today. Millions of cars could be severely damaged by fuel blends that contain more than 10% ethanol, according to studies by the Coordinating Research Council, and automakers have said higher ethanol blends would void car warranties.

‘Ethanol and other renewable fuels have an important role to play in our transportation fuel mix and will continue to be used after Congress repeals the mandate,’ Gerard said. ‘But we cannot allow a mandate for ethanol that exceeds what is safe for automobiles and that could put upward pressure on fuel prices.’

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd.

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