PR: Olsen urges Congress to eliminate corn-based ethanol mandate to reduce costs on consumers and farmers

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R- Modesto) introduced AJR 21, which would urge Congress to swiftly enact House Resolution 1462, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act of 2013, to revise the requirements of the Renewable Standard program in order to alleviate the impact of  rising feed costs.

The RFS mandates that 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels be part of our nation’s fuel supply by 2022. Almost all of this is currently being fulfilled by corn ethanol. In 2011, five billion bushels of corn supply were used for ethanol – equal to nearly 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop.
“Diverting a large portion of our nation’s corn supply for ethanol use has diminished corn supplies for livestock and food producers, and increased the cost of corn for consumers,” said Olsen. “We need to support HR 1462 for the benefit of our families and farmers.”
Diverting feed stocks to fuel has diminished corn supplies for livestock and food producers, resulting in significantly higher feed prices. These higher prices have put hundreds of California dairies out of business and have increased costs on consumers through the price of food in grocery stores and restaurants.
The RFS Reform Act will eliminate corn-based ethanol requirements and cap the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent.