The National Marine Manufacturers Association is applauding an amendment floated to the Keystone XL pipeline bill that would remove corn ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard.
U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., floated the amendment, which is called the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015, according to the NMMA. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is a co-sponsor.
The amendment would remove the mandate to blend normal ethanol into gasoline but preserve other renewable fuel mandates, including those for biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol. The standard ethanol mandate is effectively a corn ethanol mandate, the sponsors said.
Citing growing food prices and an increasing amount of corn ethanol in the U.S. fuel supply (the fuel standard caps corn ethanol production at 15 billion gallons), Feinstein called the bill a simple and smart modification of the RFS.
“Once we remove the corn ethanol mandate, the RFS program can finally serve its intended purpose: to support the development of advanced, environmentally friendly biofuels, like biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol and other revolutionary fuels,” Feinstein said, according to the NMMA.