A recent draft "commentary" by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) has put the spotlight on corn ethanol and its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These findings could influence decisions related to biofuel blending volumes in the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
In their communication to EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Aug. 21, the SAB voiced concerns: “Current science suggests that corn ethanol might not offer significant climate advantages over traditional fuels like gasoline or diesel.” This stance, predictably, hasn’t gone down well with the biofuels industry.
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) in particular has been vocal in its disagreement. Labeling SAB’s conclusions as “ill-informed” and the result of a non-transparent process, the RFA has raised questions about the thoroughness of SAB’s research. They argue that the board may not have considered all available scientific data.
This disagreement highlights the complexities involved in evaluating biofuels' environmental impact. As the debate intensifies, a comprehensive, unbiased review becomes ever more essential for both ecological and industrial interests. Source : wisconsinagconnection