In Ohio, Washington-imposed mandates that have forced increasing volumes of corn ethanol to be added to Ohio’s and our nation’s fuel supply have produced an additional 1.92 million metric tons of CO2 emissions in Ohio alone since 2005, the emissions equivalent of adding nearly 400,000 cars to the road in a single year. That’s one of the key findings of a new Ohio-focused report being issued today by the Center for Regulatory Solutions, a project of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council.
The report also includes the results of a survey that was recently conducted capturing the views and attitudes of Ohio voters. The poll finds that even without any information provided to respondents about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate, Ohioans were more opposed to the RFS and expanded ethanol mandates than supportive of them. Once introduced to several key facts about how ethanol has performed from an environmental standpoint over the years, those who initially supported the RFS and corn ethanol abandoned that position.
The report is being released in Ohio as a series of new television ads spotlighting the failures of the RFS continue to run across the state during the month of November.