Largest Set of Environmental Groups Ever Ask the EPA for Food-Based Biofuel Volume Reductions

Sydney Jones

Press Secretary

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Carole Mitchell

Sr. Director Communications

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Mighty Earth is proud to join nearly 20 organizations from around the world in asking the EPA to ensure that biofuel mandates are set at levels that don’t drive the destruction of native habitats – be that grassland in the American Midwest or tropical forests in southeast Asia. Increased crop production for corn ethanol, soy and palm biodiesel and other food-based fuels destroys native habitats, pollutes drinking water, and worsens the climate crisis. Most biofuels now on the market appear to be a cure worse than the disease.

Together we urge EPA to consider the following issues when finalizing its 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations rule:

  • Reducing the mandated volume of corn ethanol
  • Limiting the growth of vegetable oil-based biofuels
  • Implementing the severe environmental harm waiver
  • Ending unlawful RFS-induced land conversion and the destruction of native habitats
  • Assessing impacts under the Endangered Species Act

Below is a list of organizations who have signed onto the comments. View the full comments here

Action for Ecology and People’s Emancipation (AEER) Indonesia
ActionAid USA
ARA, Germany
Clean Air Task Force
Dogwood Alliance
Estonian Forest Aid
Global Forest Coalition
Mighty Earth
National Wildlife Federation
Partnership for Policy Integrity
Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Rescue
Sawit Watch
Sierra Club

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