EPA’s tailpipe standards overlook ethanol’s low-carbon benefits

NAFB News Service

The Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed tailpipe emissions standards for 2027 and beyond.

The Renewable Fuels Association says the agency blatantly tipped the scales in favor of electric battery vehicles.

The EPA also overlooked a significant near-term opportunity to achieve significant vehicle efficiency improvements and carbon emissions reductions through increased use of high-octane, low-carbon ethanol fuel blends.

“We strongly disagree with the policy approaches that arbitrarily pick technology winners and losers with no clear scientific basis,” RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper said.

RFA points out that a flex fuel vehicle running on E85 made from certain forms of ethanol would provide similar or even lower carbon emissions at a far lower cost.

“Today’s EPA proposal would effectively force automakers to produce more electric battery vehicles and strongly discourage them from pursuing other technologies that could achieve the same or better environmental performance at a lower cost for families,” Cooper said.  

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