Learning from mistakes

The US and the UK should learn from each other's mistakes with renewable transportation fuel. As the US Congress stepped toward rationalizing fuel ethanol this month, a new biofuel requirement took effect in the UK. In comparison with that of the US, the UK standard is modest, 5 vol %. But more will be needed to meet requirements of the European Union, a prospect that elicited a warning instructive on both sides of the Atlantic. The congressional effort to repair a broken ethanol program comes in legislation sponsored by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), and others from both political parties. The bill would remove from the national Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) the requi...

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