EFFORTS are underway from the US Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), now in Republican hands, to scale back the demands in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the mandate for biofuels over fierce objections from the farm lobby that produces them.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is an American federal programme that requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels.
The RFS originated with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and was expanded and extended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
The new GOP-run EPA sees no further need for compulsion and has begun by reducing the requirement.
"This action would be a betrayal of farmers by EPA, and would break the promises made by the President on the RFS on the campaign trail," saidAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore, who farms in Roseville, Ill.
"Scaling back the RFS endangers the livelihood of the 64,000 American workers who rely on bio diesel and the rural communities where soybeans and bio diesel are produced, not to mention farmers nationwide for whom bio diesel and other renewable fuels present a vital market for their products."