Valadao, Lawmakers Introduce RFS Reform Act
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) joined with Reps. Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), Peter Welch (VT-AL), Steve Womack (AR-03), and Jim Costa (CA-16) to announce the introduction of the RFS Reform Act in the 114th Session of Congress.Washington - On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) joined with Reps. Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), Peter Welch (VT-AL), Steve Womack (AR-03), and Jim Costa (CA-16) to announce the introduction of the RFS Reform Act in the 114th Session of Congress.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program was created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and established the first renewable fuel volume mandate in the United States. Initially, the program required 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel to be blended into gasoline by 2012. In 2007, the RFS program was expanded in several ways, including mandates that 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels be part of our nation’s fuel supply by 2022. Almost all of these mandates are currently being fulfilled by corn ethanol. In 2011, five billion bushels of the corn supply was used for ethanol – equal to nearly 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop.
H.R. 704, of which Rep. Valadao is an original sponsor, will ease concerns created by the ethanol mandate and protect consumers, livestock producers, food manufacturers, retailers, and the U.S. economy.
Congressman Valadao stated, “As a dairyman from one of the largest agriculture districts in the country, I have witnesses the negative impacts this government mandate has on families across America. RFS mandates are increasing feed costs for famers, therefore, increasing consumer cost at the grocery store. On top of increasing food cost, consumers have not benefited from any price relief at the pump.” He continued, “Utilizing precious farm land for the sole production of corn for ethanol purposes reduces the amount of arable land that once produced a variety of crops, further increasing the food costs nationwide.
The RFS Reform Act will eliminate corn-based ethanol requirements, cap the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent, and require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set cellulosic biofuels requirements at production levels. Renewable fuels play an important role in our energy policy but should compete fairly in the marketplace. This legislation will bring the fundamental reform this unworkable federal policy needs now.
H.R. 704 is supported by a diverse group of over 50 organizations, including the California Dairy Campaign, American Frozen Food Institute, the North American Meat Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Milk Producers Council, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Chicken Council, the National Restaurant Association, the National Turkey Federation, and Taxpayers for Commonsense.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.