Letter to Editor: Allow RFS to Work
by Mark Drewes (The Courier) The irony of a recent letter from a think tank policy analyst was compelling. In a reference to the EPA, Greg Lawson (letter, Feb. 6) states that they should discontinue the one size fits all policy in the energy markets by repealing the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard). In other words, let the American consumer go back to one fuel market — petroleum.
He alludes to the facts that the RFS does lead to increasing demand for domestic renewable fuels such as corn-based ethanol and also the corresponding decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. Apparently these are construed as negatives in his opinion.
Lawson also accuses the RFS of “an assault on well-paying energy jobs.” What about the 86,000 direct and 272,000 indirect jobs that ethanol provides across America?
Corn-based ethanol has not and does not raise the price of food. A 2016 report by the Department of Energy, World Bank, and other researchers found that oil price, speculation in markets, and other factors contributed to the rise of food prices but not biofuel production.
The price of a bushel of corn at the local Legacy Co-op has been slashed in half the last four years. Has the price of your food been reduced accordingly? READ MORE and MORE (Battle Creek Enquirer) and MORE (Las Vegas Review-Journal)