Vermont Journal of Environmental Law

Volume 21 (2019-2020)

The Waivering Renewable Fuel Standard and How to Fix It

In October of 2018, Bruce Buchanan etched a message into 60 acres of corn fields on his farm in Fowler, Indiana. From the air, the message read: “Thanks Mr. Trump for E15.” An aerial photo capturing the message quickly spread on social media, and the U.S. Agriculture Secretary and the White House Press Secretary eventually shared the photo as well. Buchanan and his son created the corn maze message to show gratitude for the President’s decision to lift a ban on the summertime sale of a higher-percentage ethanol blend called E15 in many warmer regions of the country. E15 is a higher-percentage ethanol/gasoline blend containing 15% ethanol. In the United States, ethanol is produced primarily from corn.

The Waivering Renewable Fuel Standard and How to Fix ItThe Waivering Renewable Fuel Standard and How to Fix It