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Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard

September 27, 2013 J

Earlier this year, Senators Pat Toomey, Mark Pryor, and John Barrasso introduced a bill (S. 1195) that will repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in its entirety. Established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the RFS requires a certain amount of renewable fuels to be blended in with gasoline. When arguing in favor of S. 1195, Senator Toomey stated that “Not only does the mandate likely harm our car engines, it drives up farmers' and ranchers' costs and causes increased prices in almost everything we buy in the grocery store.” Likewise, Senator Pryor claims that the RFS drives up Arkansas’ gas and food prices. These Senators are correct in their reasoning. For the economic well-being of hard-working families, Congress should repeal the RFS.

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