Policies that force the adoption of alternative fuels have been enacted despite concerns about consumer costs and vehicle limitations, infrastructure constraints, broad economic impacts and questionable environmental outcomes. AFPM advocates for policies that encourage innovation and competition. Consumer choice will deliver far better outcomes for our nation than market-distorting mandates like the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
The federal Renewable Fuel Standard forces increasing volumes of ethanol, biodiesel and other biofuels into the U.S. fuel supply. These mandates and the EPA’s flawed compliance system have wracked fuel markets with volatility for more than a decade, as refiners continue to be held accountable for meeting unrealistic blending targets and high costs for compliance credits. Consumers pay billions in additional fuel costs as a result of the RFS, which has failed to meet many of its most basic policy objectives related to energy security and the environment. AFPM opposes mandates like the RFS that limit consumer choice and increase costs with no broad benefit. Advocating for congressional reform of biofuel mandates is among our highest policy priorities.