Rooney introduces bill to repeal the RFS

By Erin Voegele | June 27, 2019

Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., introduced legislation June 21 that aims to eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard. Rooney cited the impact of ethanol on boat engines and the U.S. EPA’s rule to allow year-round E15 sales as the reasons for his action.

The legislation, titled the “Eliminating the RFS and its Destructive Outcomes Act,” or H.R. 3427, was introduced June 21 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. To date Reps. Chris Stewart, R-Utah; Tom McClintock, R-Calif.; Mark Meadows, R-N.C.; Lance Gooden, R-Texas; Ted Budd, R-N.C.; Jody Hice, R-Ga.; and Chip Roy, R-Texas, have signed on to cosponsor the bill.

In a statement released June 26, Rooney alleges ethanol-based fuels have increased U.S. fuel prices and said “the RFS has wreaked havoc on boat engines and small engines which are vital to the Florida economy.” He also claimed the EPA’s recent action to allow year-round E15 sales will damage marine vessels. The fuel blend, however, is approved for use only in mode year 2001 and newer vehicles and is clearly labeled as not for use in marine or small engines.

A full copy of Rooney’s statement is available on his website.