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Examining the Renewable Fuel Standard

March 16, 2016

The use of biofuels is not a bad thing, in and of itself, but the renewable fuels mandate -- requiring the production and consumption of the fuel is central planning.

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The use of biofuels is not a bad thing, in and of itself, but the renewable fuels mandate -- requiring the production and consumption of the fuel is central planning. What kind and how much energy to use is a decision rightly left to people makeing free choices in market. The renewable fuel mandate distorts commodity production and prices, artificially raises the price of fuel and food, and has adverse environmental effects. Any climate benefit is minimal.

Author
Nicolas (Nick) Loris, an economist, focuses on energy, environmental and regulatory issues as the Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow at The Heritage Foundation as well as a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.
nick.loris@heritage.org @@NiconomistLoris