Friends and foes of ethanol are locked in a debate over the fuel’s impact on climate—with backers saying it’s been a key driver of emissions reductions and foes saying it’s no better for the environment than traditional fossil fuels.
The back-and-forth comes as the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to finalize three years’ worth of the Renewable Fuel Standard by Monday. For the first time, the agency has proposed setting ethanol blending levels below the statutory numbers laid out in the 2005 law that created the standard, a move the ethanol industry has decried.
It also comes as the ethanol industry makes a final effort to be brought into President Barack Obama’s presentation at United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Paris, also beginning Monday. The RFS wasn’t included as part of the U.S. Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to cut carbon emissions, which the Obama administration submitted in March.
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