When Project LIBERTY, the first large-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in the U.S., opened in Iowa last Wednesday, I went from a naysayer to a still-skeptical-but-now-believer in biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Dear EPA officials,
I was quite excited by several headlines this weekend saying that a federal court decision had gone against the ethanol mandate. Considering the devastated corn crop from last summer’s drought, the rule forcing gasoline producers to maintain ethanol levels at ten to fifteen percent is expected to result in almost half of the corn crop ending up as ethanol. It would make a lot of sense for the rule to be relaxed this year, if not forever.