To the editor: Ethanol rule hits refiners
Mandating more biofuel will bring higher prices at the pump, out-of-control compliance costs for refiners.
Sat, 30 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT
The letter (“Raise the Gas Blend,” Nov. 8) attacked The Blade’s “Find the Right Mix” editorial, Oct. 22, for accurately noting that higher biofuel mandates through the Renewable Fuel Standard result in greater reliance on foreign biofuel. Far from being unsupported, the facts prove the RFS has become a de facto foreign biofuel mandate. Despite this reality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to increase the requirement more, which will put Ohio jobs at risk.
The author correctly notes biodiesel can be used to comply with the ethanol portion of the RFS. In fact, refiners need biodiesel for this purpose, because EPA mandates more ethanol than engines and fueling infrastructure were built to handle. Despite ample capacity, domestic biodiesel producers have not been able to make enough fuel to meet the mandate.
EPA data shows domestic refiners had to rely on an average of more than 700 million gallons of foreign biofuel in each of the last three years to meet the RFS. And biodiesel costs anywhere from 50 cents to $1.50 per gallon more than petroleum diesel.
The facts prove mandating more biofuel through the RFS will only result in reliance on more foreign biofuel and higher prices at the pump, and risk sending refiners’ compliance costs through the roof, putting union jobs at risk across the country. The President needs to tell EPA to lower the mandate and fulfill his promise to protect every manufacturing job.
Executive secretary- business manager,
Northwest Ohio Building Trades
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