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Corn ethanol production is squeezing out production of advanced biofuels, is more polluting to the environment than gasoline, drives up the cost of food and feed, and should be phased out, according to testimony before a House subcommittee Wednesday afternoon exploring stakeholder impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
"The rapid expansion of corn ethanol production has increased greenhouse gas emissions, worsened air and water pollution, and driven up the price of food and feed," said Scott Faber, senior vice president for governmental affairs, the Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C., based non-profit advocacy group specializing in issues related to public health and the environment.
"By contrast, some second-generation biofuels could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions without creating new environmental challenges or increasing food prices."