WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sensenbrenner released the following statement on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to increase the amount of biofuels it will require under 2016’s Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS): 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Calling for more than 18 billion gallons of ethanol to be incorporated into the fuel supply breaks the blend wall and is a slap in the face to the millions of Americans who don’t want it. According to data from the Energy Information Administration, the overall demand for ethanol-free gas is increasing, and it’s easy to see why.

“Increasing the ethanol mandate is a dangerous decision that will lead to misfueling, damaged engines, and more emissions and pollution. It is a giveaway to corn farmers and ethanol refiners that guarantees that Americans will be paying more to drive their cars, mow their lawns, and plow their driveways.  

“The President is continuing to pick winners and losers when it comes to ethanol. The EPA’s decision should be immediately reversed.”