Trump Action Will Exacerbate Water Pollution, Loss of Wildlife Habitat
By Jordan Lubetkin
Oct 04, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New concessions to the ethanol industry unveiled today by the Trump Administration vividly highlight how irreparably broken the Renewable Fuel Standard is — and how it is fueling disasters for America’s waterways, wildlife habitat, and climate.
“These concessions to well-lobbied interests only further expose how broken the ethanol mandate is and the skyrocketing costs to prop it up. At the end of the day, these proposals will only fuel the continued conversion of prairies to croplands, expose everyday Americans to farm runoff, pollute drinking water supplies, undermine hunting and outdoor recreation throughout the country, and fragment wildlife habitat,” said David DeGennaro, agriculture policy specialist for the National Wildlife Federation. “Policymakers should reform the Renewable Fuel Standard by putting the environment and clean drinking water at the center of the discussion. Only then will the nation be able to advance clean fuels the right way so that farmers and the environment both come out ahead.”