MRAA asks marine retailers to support Goodlatte "Dear Colleague" letter on RFS
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Posted by: Larry Innis
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is asking Members of Congress to sign his letter
to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "Dear Colleague,” to
lower the renewable fuel standard. MRAA supports this letter and has
asked retailers and trade associations to encourage their Member
contacts to also sign the Goodlatte letter.
The RFS mandates that 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels be used in
our nation’s fuel supply by 2020, with as much as 15 billion gallons of
the mandate being fulfilled by corn ethanol. In 2014, the mandate is
estimated to be 18.15 billion gallons of renewable fuel of which
approximately 14.4 billion gallons will be made up by ethanol.
government has one tool that can provide immediate relief from the RFS.
The law gives the EPA Administrator flexibility to reduce the required
volume of renewable fuels in any year. While the EPA has consistently
refused to use this authority, the supply realities should be the
impetus for long awaited action by the EPA when setting volume levels
according to the Goodlatte letter. Prompt action by the EPA can help to
ease the short supply concerns.
Other concerns with the current EPA RFS mandate include increases to
food prices, feed prices, and transportation costs.Due to the dramatic
expansion of corn ethanol, volatile corn prices have led to the
conversion of millions of acres of sensitive land into the production of
corn. Despite promised environmental benefits when the RFS was
implemented, the National Academy of Sciences has noted the overall
ethanol production and use lowers air and water quality.
supports Rep. Goodlatte’s efforts to prevent further damage to inboard
engines and outboard motors,” said Matt Gruhn, President of the MRAA.
The MRAA believes prompt action by the EPA can help to prevent further
marine engine damage and save many jobs. It’s time for the EPA to take
the necessary steps to protect American consumers and the economy.