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Time to Repeal the Ethanol Mandate

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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Nicolas Loris; Ben Lieberman

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Energy (Fuels)

Keywords: biofuels; Energy and environment; food; ethanol

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Though intended to help consumers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the ethanol mandate has done just the opposite, contributing to high food and gas prices with little environmental benefit. Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has introduced H.R. 5911, the Remove Incentives for Producing Ethanol Act of 2008, which would eliminate the mandate and other benefits for ethanol, and other measures may soon be introduced.