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Video: Sen. Toomey Discusses The RFS On The Senate Floor

Today on the Senate floor, Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) highlighted issues associated with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

In part, Sen. Toomey indicated that: “WE’VE GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE THIS YEAR THIS MANDATE WILL REQUIRE THAT OVER 40% OF ALL THE CORN WE GROW IN AMERICA IS GOING TO BE TURNED INTO ETHANOL AND BURNED IN OUR GASOLINE TANKS…WE ARE LITERALLY BURNING OUR FOOD.

“THAT’S WHAT WE’RE DOING ON A VERY, VERY LARGE SCALE.

“AND THE WAY THIS LAW WORKS IS IT REQUIRES INCREASES EVERY YEAR IN THE AMOUNT OF ETHANOL THAT WE ARE FORCED TO BURN THROUGH OUR GASOLINE TANKS. THE FACT IS, MR.PRESIDENT, THIS POLICY IS HARMFUL TO OUR ENVIRONMENT, IT IS UNAMBIGUOUSLY RAISING FOOD PRICES, IT MAKES IT MORE EXPENSIVE TO FILL UP AT THE GAS PUMP, AND IT IS COSTING — AND IT IS REALLY THREATENING GOOD-PAYING JOBS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND IN OTHER STATES.

IT IS TIME FOR THIS TO GO, AND WHAT MY AMENDMENT WOULD DO WOULD BE COMPLETELY REPEAL THIS RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD, WHICH IS OVERDUE, AND I KNOW THERE’S BROAD SUPPORT FOR PEELING THIS BACK.”

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