Two Senate Democrats told the White House that the Obama administration’s proposal to reduce the ethanol mandate would increase greenhouse gas pollution.
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Finalizing the rule would also hurt a fuel that could be competitive with petroleum, they said.
“Should this proposal be adopted, our consumption of oil would rise, yielding an immediate increase in carbon pollution in 2014 and beyond,” the lawmakers wrote.
The White House is reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel mandate for 2014, which has not been finalized despite the year being less than three months away from over.
As proposed last year, the rule would decrease the ethanol that fuel refiners must blend into gasoline while keeping the biodiesel blending mandate the same as the year before, two decisions that renewable fuel makers and some environmentalists have criticized.
Obama administration officials have indicated that the final volumes would likely be higher than the proposal.