EPA's Ethanol, Biogas Proposal Threatens Public Health, Clean Air, Water, Wildlife

'The Biden Administration Cannot Reach Its Climate Goals, Address Rising Food Costs by Plowing More Corn Into Consumers' Gas Tanks'

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Environmental Protection Agency’s newly unveiled proposal on ethanol blending requirements and other facets of the Renewable Fuel Standard double down on dangerous policies that are fueling air and water pollution, public health risks, rising food prices, and the climate crisis.

“The Biden Administration cannot reach its climate goals and address rising food costs by plowing more corn into consumers’ gas tanks. The EPA’s blending requirements does just that and is a lose-lose proposition for public health, air and water quality, wildlife, and our clean-energy future,” said Julie Sibbing, associate vice president for land stewardship at the National Wildlife Federation. “The decision to allow electricity generated from biogas was made years ago, but EPA’s approach to implementing this policy may unintentionally encourage industrial agriculture production — and exacerbate the problems fueled by the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“The president and Congress need to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard and ensure that biofuels and biogas do not compound the public health and environmental challenges already facing people and wildlife.”


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