Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) delayed decision to deny a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) despite severe drought conditions this year:
"I am greatly disappointed by the EPA's decision to deny much-needed relief to American livestock producers, food producers, and consumers. With a steep decline in corn production this year and a sharp increase in corn prices, the economic harm of the RFS is undeniable. For many farmers and businesses in the Sixth District who use corn to feed livestock or produce products, rapid increases in the price of corn weigh heavily on their bottom line. But it doesn't stop there -- higher corn prices are ultimately reflected in the price of food on grocery store shelves. However, the federal government is once again choosing to put more ethanol in gas tanks rather than food on the table.
"In the debate over ethanol, the government is picking winners and losers. Livestock and food producers as well as consumers of these products are on the losing end. A broad coalition of agricultural organizations, food producers, restaurants, grocery stores, environmental organizations, hunger groups, and consumer groups as well as 155 Members of the House and 34 U.S. Senators, joined me in asking the EPA to use their power to waive the RFS. Yet, the EPA still refused. This decision has proven that the waiver provisions currently in law are inadequate.
"We will now turn to our colleagues in the House and the Senate to take up legislation to address this ongoing problem. I support a complete elimination of the RFS, and have already introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act (H.R. 3098) to do just that. Today's decision makes the passage of this legislation even more important."