The E15 Mandate is Poor Environmental Policy

Here’s an unpublished Letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal:
To the Editor:
Concerning “Trump Gives Farmers a Jolt of Fuel” (Op-Ed, Oct. 16), it certainly is true that corn farmers and ethanol producers stand to gain from President Trump’s decision to allow year-round sales of E15 motor fuel (corn-based ethanol blended with gasoline). But raising gasoline’s ethanol content to 15 percent – E15 contains 50 percent more ethanol than today’s E10 blend – is costly both for consumers and for the environment.
The so-called Renewable Fuel Standard has outlived its usefulness. At its inception in 2005, the RFS was promoted

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