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House Republicans Plan to Put Renewable Fuel Standard on Trial in 2013

(The Hill)

House Republicans plan to put the renewable fuel standard on trial next Congress, a House Energy and Commerce Committee aide told The Hill.

Committee staff is gearing up for hearings on the subject, citing recent concerns from the AAA motor club, automakers and the oil industry that the rule is pushing a high-ethanol fuel blend onto the market they say will damage cars.

“If Congress observes the data, I think they will conclude we are putting the consumer at risk currently,” said AAA CEO Robert Darbelnet.

He said his staff has been advised about potential hearings on the fuel standard and E15, the fuel blend comprised of 15 percent ethanol compared with the standard 10 percent.

The biofuels industry has heard the war cries growing louder in recent weeks, and is prepared to do battle.

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