Ted Cruz wants to completely change the Renewable Fuel Standard for reasons that environmentalists now agree with.
Ted Cruz got in a lot of trouble for opposing ethanol mandates during the 2016 Republican Primary.
He may have lost that issue during the primary, but as a Senator he is still holding to his principles. And environmentalists agree with him. They realize that the government’s backing of ethanol actually damages the environment.
The Washington Times reports, “Environmental groups back Ted Cruz, Republicans on overhaul of Renewable Fuel Standard.”
Green groups were among the loudest champions for the federal government’s sweeping ethanol mandate a decade ago, touting it as a near-magic fuel that could help ease a climate crisis.
But the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that boosted ethanol use has fallen out of favor so badly that environmentalists now see themselves on the same side of the debate as Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz, arguing that the entire program is deeply flawed and must be completely overhauled.
The intense opposition to the RFS from environmental and conservation groups comes as the White House and congressional leaders work to craft the most serious reforms the program has seen since it was established more than 10 years ago. As Republicans and oil-industry groups bemoan the RFS as a job killer in the oil refining sector, environmentalists say their once-high hopes that ethanol could reduce carbon emissions, preserve land and help fight climate change have been proven wrong.
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” said Collin O’Mara, CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, a group that was once a vocal supporter of the RFS but now has become one of its chief opponents. “There’s a reason why [the RFS] was bipartisan, but the problem is that the law hasn’t been followed … We’ve distorted both our energy policy and our natural resources. That absolutely could’ve been avoided.”
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