King Corn: Will the Renewable Fuel Standard Eventually End Corn Ethanol's Reign?

42 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2013

Date Written: December 30, 2010

Abstract

In 2007, Congress adopted a new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFSII) to require new renewable fuels to meet greenhouse gas emissions requirements. However, RFSII exempted existing corn ethanol production facilities from meeting these emissions requirements. As a result, corn ethanol producers may continue to produce more than 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol annually, despite the harmful impacts corn ethanol has had and likely will have on water quality, food availability, and climate change. This paper explores the implications of RFSII and argues that its grandfathering of existing corn ethanol undermines the overall goal of the country's renewable fuel standard.

Suggested Citation

Powers, Melissa, King Corn: Will the Renewable Fuel Standard Eventually End Corn Ethanol's Reign? (December 30, 2010). Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 11, No. 667, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2303820

Melissa Powers (Contact Author)

Lewis & Clark Law School ( email )

10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
United States

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