Shocking twist: EPA changes course on renewable fuels and EVs.

In a notable development, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, deviating from its earlier proposal that sought to subsidize electric vehicles (EVs). The finalized program for 2023 to 2025 reflects a more balanced approach, responding to concerns raised by refiners.

The proposed program introduced a credit system to incentivize EV manufacturing and purchasing, known as “eRINs.” However, refiners argued that this would transform the RFS, designed to promote U.S. energy independence through liquid fuels, into an excessive government subsidy program for EVs. The EPA heeded their concerns and abandoned the eRIN proposal.

Refiners, represented by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), welcomed this decision, emphasizing that eRINs are incompatible with the RFS and should not be revived. The original proposal would have obligated petroleum refineries to subsidize EV companies, creating an uneven playing field.

Republican lawmakers, such as Sens. Chuck Grassley and John Cornyn, took a stand against the EPA’s eRIN credit system. They introduced legislation to prevent the agency from pursuing it, citing its adverse impact on ethanol and biodiesel expansion incentives.

The RFS program empowers the EPA to establish biofuel blending requirements for refiners. Non-compliant refiners can purchase Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) as credits. The initial EPA proposal allowed EV manufacturers to sell these credits, diverting resources away from renewable fuel producers.

By revising the program and eliminating the flawed eRIN proposal, the EPA ensures steady growth for biofuels, reduces oil imports by up to 140,000 barrels per day, and boosts energy security and economic benefits. This balanced approach embraces both traditional fuels and renewable sources.

Today’s decision reflects the Republican commitment to a comprehensive energy policy that fosters a thriving industry while maintaining energy independence. By rejecting excessive subsidies for EVs, the EPA supports a robust energy sector that benefits all Americans.

Source Fox News