In late April, Texas Governor Rick Perry officially requested a waiver from the RFS. AMI, and more than 15,000 other concerned citizens and organizations submitted comments in support of the petition, citing multiple reasons the waiver should be granted, including a number of economic harms caused by the corn-ethanol mandates which are already apparent, severe and imminent.  

In those comments, AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle noted that the “new, elevated ethanol mandates, enacted by Congress in December 2007, are and will continue to severely harm the economy of Texas, our members and the United States of America if the EPA does not grant this waiver.”

In response to EPA’s decision this week to deny a request submitted by the state of Texas to reduce the nationwide RFS, Boyle said “using a third of our corn crop for  ethanol production has driven corn and all feed prices up to levels that are severely impacting U.S. meat and poultry producers as well as consumers.”  

Boyle noted that the tripling of corn prices has done severe economic harm to the meat and poultry industry. “The meat and poultry industry has already seen a contraction in production, resulting in smaller herd sizes and higher meat prices for consumers. Governor Perry recognized earlier this year that a near tripling of feed prices would harm Texas livestock and poultry farmers greatly, put meat industry employees out of jobs and strain Texas consumers. The same is true all across the country, and unfortunately EPA’s decision ensures that this will continue to be the case unless Congress acts quickly to restructure the ethanol mandates, taxes and tariffs.”

Source: AMI press release