During a House hearing last week, a sarcastic Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, focused his signature dislike of energy subsidies and incentives on the renewable fuel standard, which mandates that 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel be blended into transportation fuel by 2022. “Why do I not hear from my constituents screaming for E15 and E85 if it’s such a good thing to lower consumer prices?… I was in four parades this week, and not a soul asked me about, ‘Sir, please, bring me E85,’” Pompeo pressed Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association. Dinneen said many consumers around the country want the option to use E15 (gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol) if it’s less affordable and appropriate for their vehicles, and that the RFS gives them that. Pompeo countered: “You’re looking for a government mandate for your product.”
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