CATF writes on the behalf of our millions of supporters and members urging the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to strongly oppose any attempt to expand the use of E15 (E15 is a mixture of 85% gasoline and 15% ethanol) during the ozone season.
In response to the California Air Resource Board’s ongoing review of indirect land use change (ILUC) emissions and their effect on the carbon intensity calculations for biofuels, CATF shared its analyses of recent studies that examine water availability, yields, and other key factors that influence ILUC.
In a letter sent to eleven US senators, the Clean Air Task Force, Environmental Working Group, ActionAid USA, and Oxfam America detail the Renewable Fuel Standard’s negative impact on both the environment and global food security, and urge the senators to reform the policy.
In addition to urging the Air Resources Board to readopt California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard through 2020, CATF’s comments illustrate the analytic- and policy-related problems with ARB staff’s proposal to reduce the lifecycle GHG assessment for corn ethanol.
In its proposed adjustments to the RFS mandate for 2014, EPA would address the blend wall by reducing the annual volume requirements for advanced biofuels and, more significantly, for corn ethanol. CATF’s comments detail the environmental benefits of EPA’s proposal.
CATF supports the Feinstein-Coburn bill in conjunction with a diverse collection of groups concerned about corn ethanol and the RFS, including environmental organizations, anti-hunger advocates, livestock and poultry producers, restaurant owners, small engine manufacturers, and others.