A bipartisan group of lawmakers pushed legislation to scale back parts of the renewable fuel mandate on Wednesday.
Reps. Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteSchumer: GOP 'filling the swamp' by targeting ethics chief Justice, FBI to be investigated over Clinton probes Republicans vote to weaken federal regulatory powers MORE (R-Va.), Peter WelchPeter WelchFive areas where Trump and Dems could make a deal Overnight Tech: Trump meets with AT&T, Google execs | Pompeo and Wyden battle | Dem's new House E&C roster Overnight Tech: Trump meets AT&T, Google execs | CIA nominee grilled on privacy | Court revives lawsuit over Apple apps | Trump team takes credit for Amazon jobs MORE (D-Vt.), Steve Womack (R-Ariz.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.) re-introduced a bill aimed at eliminating the corn-based ethanol requirement in the Renewable Fuel Standard, which is proposed every year by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The congressmen argued the amount of ethanol required in the standard is "unworkable" for refiners, cars, and equipment that must use the fuel.
"With the EPA’s continued failure to meet their deadlines, it’s clear that the majorly flawed RFS just isn’t working. We have a renewed opportunity this Congress to act on real reform of the RFS," Goodlatte said.
The push to reform and outright repeal the fuel requirement has increased on Capitol Hill in the past few months following the EPA's decision to hold off on releasing its final rule for 2014 volume standards.
Due to the delay in finalizing the 2014 standards, the agency also pushed back proposing the 2015 volume requirements, prompting outrage.
While the oil and gas industry praised the move to chip away at the fuel requirement, the biofuels industry called the legislation "reckless."
"The announcement today is a step backward in energy policy, cutting the legs out from under a burgeoning cellulosic biofuels industry, denying consumers choice at the pump, and returning us to a petroleum only energy economy that brings nothing but price volatility and environmental disaster,” said CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association Bob Dinneen.