Yesterday a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Brian Bilbray (CA-50) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced legislation that would allow states to opt out of complying with federal mandates for corn ethanol use and expand the definition of advanced biofuels. Requiring large volumes of ethanol blended into the gasoline pool and the rising cost of corn have contributed to an increase in gas prices amidst growing concerns over the negative impacts ethanol has on certain types of engines. Engines operating in boats, airplanes, lawnmowers, chainsaws, snowmobiles, and other machines were manufactured to utilize pure gasoline and have encountered dangerous technical problems when using E10 fuel (10 percent ethanol).
The "The Fuel Feedstock Freedom Act" (H.R. 2009) would allow states to opt out of the crushing federal mandate and allows our country's most promising clean fuel technologies of today and tomorrow to participate in the Renewable Fuel standard. Congressman Bilbray issued the following statement in support of the legislation:
"The ethanol mandate has contributed to higher prices at the pump, fewer miles per gallon and dirtier air. The amount of federal ethanol subsidies should also concern Americans worried about our country's $14.3 trillion debt. This bill will save tax-payers valuable dollars at the pump and encourage innovation within the industry to develop cleaner, more reliable alternative forms of energy such as algae-based fuels." -- Congressman Brian Bilbray (CA-50), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee