Pruitt Reverses Course on Biofuels in 2018 RFS Determination
On November 30, the EPA released its final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVOs) proposal, the amount of biofuels it will require to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply in 2018 as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS was enacted with strong bipartisan support in 2007 as a way to reduce oil use, promote fuel security, economic development, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. The finalized volumes reverse the Trump administration’s proposal to dramatically lower renewable fuel volumes under the statute, but drew just tepid praise from the biofuels industry as the administration failed to set ambitious targets for cellulosic fuel and biodiesel, for which the industry had been strongly advocating.
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