The Renewable Fuel Standard
A decade ago ethanol was touted as an eco-friendly biofuel that would not only decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil, but also boost the Midwest's economy. Today however, ethanol’s future is a matter of debate.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed reducing the ethanol mandate for the nation’s fuel supply. Many Iowa and around Midwest believe a reduction to the RFS would be economically devastating.
Host Ben Kieffer gets both sides of the story. Joining the conversation are Humboldt County corn grower Jay Lynch, Craig Cox of the Environmental Working Group, Iowa State University economist Dave Swenson, ethanol executive Rick Schwarck of Absolute Energy, L.L.C. in St. Ansgar, and organic dairy farmer Francis Thicke.