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Federal Ethanol Mandate Destroys Wildlife Habitat, Impacts Climate

A new report by the National Wildlife Federation – VNRC’s national affiliate – details how the federal Renewable Fuel Standard has caused more harm than good to both wildlife habitat and the climate. In Vermont alone, the policy has resulted in nearly 6,500 acres of wildlife habitat loss between 2008 and 2012 – the equivalent of 4,922 football fields. The conversion of wetlands, forests, shrub lands and farmlands to corn-growing plantations has resulted in significant carbon impacts as well. “The negative carbon impacts of this conversion are staggering, amounting approximately to the equivalent annual emissions of 34 coal-fired power plants or the addition of 28 million cars on the road,” said VNRC’s Johanna Miller.

Read the full report here.