Poll: What should be done with the Renewable Fuel Standard?

What should be done with the Renewable Fuel Standard?

- Leave it alone
- Grant a temporary waiver
- End it
- Not sure

Number of votes: 451

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Dick Sterrett    
Kansas  |  August, 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Leave it alone; unless Government payment to the corn farmer are your wish. Don't you remember the days prior to Ethanol. Farming was never profitable. There will never be Subsidy's again with the gov. owing 16trillion.....

Steve Dodson    
Illinois  |  August, 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I am all for renewable fuels,BUT, These programs only put money in the pockets of the large corporation farms. When the government gets back to helping the MOM and POP farms ,then my opinion will change.

August, 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

The RFS was originally envisioned as a step towards a comprehensive national fuels policy. Now is not the time to be pulling things back apart because of very short term problems. Modification of the RFS is also detremental to the development of new ethanol technologies.

Michael D Gustafson    
Kindred, North Dakota  |  August, 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM

Oh, how everyone seems to forget about the oil embargo's of years past...as the reality is that our development of renewables has come a long way and should not be subject to short term thinking. I just recently purchased a new car and can't wait to start using E-15...

Jean Fiedler    
Sauk Centre MN.  |  August, 10, 2012 at 01:32 PM

The RFS should be left alone. 60 % of hog producers locked in their corn needs in March and April for $ 5.50 . Of the remaining 40 % half of those grow their own corn, that leaves 20 % uncovered. It is not the job of goverment to save all those who did not plan ahead. There was great profits to be locked in and most did.

D Finch    
DC  |  August, 10, 2012 at 01:38 PM

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." -Frederick Douglass

Los Angeles  |  August, 10, 2012 at 01:45 PM

Leave it alone. Like the military we need to be vigilant and explore all forms of renewable. energy The challenge is that it is difficult for new technologies to emerge in the midst of such a monolithic status quo (oil & gas) upon which we are "addicted". The RFS is an insurance policy that gives us an alternative track to follow if we get derailed by any number of possible scenarios - middle east wars, global warming, shortages, political instability, terrorism, economic recession, etc.

MN  |  August, 10, 2012 at 02:00 PM

With the corn supply we have for the coming year we will either have to cut corn used for livestock feed by 50% or reduce corn used for ethanol by 50%. It will end up being a mix of the two. Reducing ethanol will not change energy prices, but reducing livestock is going to hit everyone in the pocketbook.

Colorado  |  August, 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM

The RFS is the only energy policy that has and continues to reduce foreign oil!! I would much rather have the RFS and spend money at home than send billions of Dollars overseas supporting countries that are hostile to the US. People need to realize the RFS is a policy that KEEPS money at home that supports local communties, Families and the American Worker.Lets not forget ethanol production in the US is the only energy source that has been created to directly offset imported gallons of oil.

A. Messina    
New Jersey  |  August, 10, 2012 at 02:34 PM

Leave it alone until something better can be put in its place.

August, 10, 2012 at 03:38 PM

Look at the longer picture. Corn Ethanol is just the first step onto all kinds of ethanol and hopefully cellulostic (sp?)which could use all that fodder from a failed corn crop. Look up Project Liberty from POET. The livestock producers were speculating that the price of corn was going to go lower since we planted a record crop in March. They could have bought all the corn they needed back before the drought took hold and now they are complaining that their speculation went the wrong way!!

V Olson    
Minnesota  |  August, 11, 2012 at 08:07 AM

Leave it alone! We have made such great strides in helping America become independent of foreign oil. We need to keep going in the face of adversity! The great inventors in history did not let one short-term setback stop them from creating some of our greatest advances. Keep Ethanol production going!!

iowa  |  August, 11, 2012 at 08:14 AM

not one gallon of ethanol has needed a military escort to get to the US, and not one life has died protecting the fuel delivery system for ethanol.

Iowa  |  August, 11, 2012 at 08:53 AM

Leave it alone, the livestock producers gambled this spring when a record crop was forecast and did not lock in costs when corn was cheap. The govt should not protect gamblers when they loose.

Grace Bradley    
Torrance, CA  |  August, 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Leave it alone! Is it not possible to make alcohol from the corn that may not be usable for anything else. Also I thought corn was all in by July?

Randy Britt    
August, 11, 2012 at 01:12 PM

Leave it alone. Let the safety features built in for a short crop balance demand on its own. It's the only renewable fuel that's currently doing all it's touted to be. Three wars and 6000 dead should tell us we have to control our own energy future.

Rock Ormiston    
Kansas  |  August, 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Large Farmers rather they are Corp or Family owned are restricted to the amount of direct payments they can recieve which in turn gives the advantage to the smaller farmer on a per acre basis. Large Farms have happened over time because the have become more efficient operators and savy business men. No different than the way the mainstream grows or dies in all businesses. If small operators want to stay in business they need to find a way to compete at their level or go get a day job. No need to fight the trend that has been going on for over a 100 years.

Bruce Brandner    
Herreid, SD  |  August, 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM

Leave it alone. Can't afford to eliminate any more jobs. It helps provide the most efficient energy we have.

Michael Wojahn    
Minnesota  |  August, 14, 2012 at 08:57 AM

The ethanol mandate and the RFS are helping the small farmer. In our area the corn price went up 25 cents when the ethanol plant opened. We now have 3 ethanol plants within 25 miles of us and there is no longer much corn leaving the area for others to use. We are shipping ethanol, DDG's and meat products to others, and have created good jobs so that our children can stay in the area. P.S. 95% of the crops produced in the U.S. are produced by FAMILY farms.

todd county  |  August, 27, 2012 at 02:20 PM

I believe that the RFS has enough safe guards built in to it that we should trust what we have done, and leave it alone. We should not act in haste, rather we should wait to see what we actually harvest. May I remind us of the Y2K scare.

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