Browsing All posts tagged under »Ethanol Mandate«

No End In Sight For The Biofuel Wars

December 19, 2019 by

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By Paul Driessen ~ The Big Oil-Big Biofuel wars rage on. From my perch, ethanol, biodiesel and “advanced biofuels” make about zero energy, economic or environmental sense. They make little political sense either, until you recognize that politics is largely driven by crony-capitalism, campaign contributions and vote hustling. Even now, once again, as you read […]

More Ethanol Means Higher Prices, And Not Just For Gasoline

October 19, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Over the summer, President Donald Trump tweeted that his administration was working on an ethanol package that would be “Great for all!” Now that we have the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft proposal, we can see he was half right. It’s great, all right—for the politically connected. It’s costly for everyone else. […]

E15’s Not The Problem. Special Treatment For Ethanol Is.

October 11, 2018 by

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By Nicolas Loris and David Grogan ~ The Trump administration’s intention to authorize year-round sale of gasoline blended with a 15 percent ethanol mixture, announced Monday, perpetuates bad energy policy, both economically and environmentally. Having more options in what you buy is usually a good thing. However, E15, as it’s called, wouldn’t exist without mandates, subsidies, […]

The Ethanol Gravy Train Rolls On

May 16, 2018 by

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Opponents make compelling case but can’t derail or even slow this well-protected industry By Paul Driessen ~ Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel; the way seriously harmful […]

The Biofuel Crony Capitalist Revolving Door

January 9, 2018 by

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Ex-Grassley aide will now help Big Corn and Big Biodiesel retain their mandates and subsidies By Paul Driessen ~ Yet another congressional aide is about to pass through Washington’s infamous revolving door to a lucrative private sector position. Kurt Kovarik, legislative director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), will become vice president of federal affairs for […]

Why Congress Should Ditch The Renewable Fuel Standard

December 6, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Stephan Jaksch ~ Politicians don’t have a crystal ball that can predict the future of energy prices, energy supplies, or demand for electricity and gasoline. But they pretend to, and that’s a problem. It leads to market-distorting policies that harm Americans as consumers and taxpayers. Take the Renewable Fuel Standard. Congress […]

The Ethanol Mandate Promotes Swamp Dominance, Not Energy Dominance

November 14, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Samantha Block ~ Washington is known for political arm-twisting. There’s a good reason for that. It too often works, and it helps prop up bad policies like mandates to blend corn-based ethanol and other biofuels into our fuel supply. In September, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed cutting the volumetric requirements for […]

Politicized Sustainability Threatens Planet And People

October 9, 2017 by

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It drives anti-fossil fuel agendas and threatens wildlife, jobs, and human health and welfare By Paul Driessen ~ Sustainability (sustainable development) is one of the hottest trends on college campuses, in the news media, in corporate boardrooms and with regulators. There are three different versions. Real Sustainability involves thoughtful, caring, responsible, economical stewardship and conservation of […]

Biofuel Justifications Are Illusory

July 31, 2017 by

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It’s time to really cut, cut, cut ethanol and other renewable fuel mandates – maybe to zero By Paul Driessen ~ The closest thing to earthly eternal life, President Ronald Reagan used to say, is a government program. Those who benefit from a program actively and vocally defend it, often giving millions in campaign cash […]

Finally, America May Be Catching On To Ethanol Racket

February 3, 2016 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ The results of the Iowa caucus proved even Iowans—long seen as fervent proponents of ethanol—don’t view Washington’s favoritism to it as necessarily still required. Much like many campaigns out there, the Renewable Fuel Standard that mandates the use of biofuels in our gasoline, has been full of empty promises. When Congress […]

Trumping Hydrocarbon Fuels And Consumers

February 1, 2016 by

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Too many presidential candidates court corporate cash by promoting ethanol By Paul Driessen ~ Donald Trump loves to tout his poll numbers. But if he’s doing so well, why does he pander to Iowa’s ethanol interests? The gambit might garner a few caucus votes among corn growers and ethanol producers. It certainly brings plaudits from […]

Ethanol And Biodiesel: Guilty As Charged

July 13, 2015 by

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Bogus biofuel trading costs us millions – while the absurd biofuel program costs us billions By Paul Driessen ~ Two notorious crooks are helping us wrap up another sordid episode in the saga of the United States biofuel mandates, while further highlighting how bungled and long past its expiration date the program is. Congress concocted […]

Don’t Tweak The Biofuels Mandate, End It

May 30, 2015 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ This week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its biofuels targets for 2014-16 as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard passed in 2005. In the interest of forcing biofuels into the market, the agency now will require 17.4 billion gallons of biofuels be produced in 2016, 14 million of which can be […]

Hillary Email Scandal Catches Obama in Transparency Untruth + More – Daily Digest

March 10, 2015 by

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The Patriot Post ~ THE FOUNDATION “Is there a legislative power in fact, not expressly prohibited by the Constitution, which might not, according to the doctrine of the Court, be exercised as a means of carrying into effect some specified power?” –James Madison, Letter to Spencer Roane, 1819 TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS Hillary Email Scandal Catches […]

Solyndra, Fracking Boom Prove Private Sector, Not Government, Best At Picking Energy Winners

February 9, 2015 by

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By Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Founder of The Heritage Foundation ~ If you’re like most Americans, you’re enjoying the fact that it costs a lot less to fill up your car’s gas tank these days. If you’re a fan of big government, you may feel a bit ambivalent, though. Why? Because one of the biggest […]

I Come To Bury Renewable Fuel Standards

February 3, 2015 by

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Not to praise ethanol mandates that kill jobs, raise food costs, and hurt poor families and wildlife By Paul Driessen ~ They say politics makes strange bedfellows. In a perfect example, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) are cosponsoring the “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act,” to abolish the corn ethanol Renewable Fuel […]

The Ethanol Mandate Proves The Government Is A Poor Central Planner

November 27, 2014 by

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By Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris ~ The federal government’s mandate to require Americans to use expensive, inefficient biofuels is so broken and dysfunctional it can’t even decide the ideal target amount of production. On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency again announced that it would not determine the amount of ethanol and biofuels required to be […]

Killing Marine Life With Ethanol

July 21, 2014 by

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Ethanol damages your cars, small engines, food budget – and kills Gulf of Mexico animals By Paul Driessen ~ Ethanol and other biofuel mandates and subsidies got started when politicians bought into claims that we are rapidly depleting our petroleum, and fossil-fuel-driven global warming is boiling the planet. Hydraulic fracturing destroyed the depletion myth. It […]

Friday Digest Train Wreck Proceeds as Expected + More

October 11, 2013 by

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The Patriot Post ~ THE FOUNDATION “No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable.” –James Madison GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS Train Wreck Proceeds as Expected The fight began with ObamaCare, and it led to 17% of the government shutting down. The House GOP offered a deal Thursday night to raise […]

The Ethanol Debacle

September 13, 2013 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ The government mandated blend of ethanol in every gallon of gasoline is a full-fledged disaster and neither Congress, nor the Environmental Protection Agency shows any indication of either repealing or abandoning it. A recent Wall Street Journal editorial said, “A strong candidate for the most expensive policy blunder of recent years […]

Fueling Cronyism

August 17, 2013 by

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By Rich Tucker and Nicolas Loris ~ No one knows how much ethanol Americans would use if the fuel didn’t receive preferential treatment. Would we use any at all? We do know it has drawbacks as compared to gasoline. Ethanol has less energy, so it reduces fuel efficiency and increases costs. It can damage small engines […]

Renewable Fuels: Raze The Maize Mandate

June 21, 2013 by

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By Katie Tubb ~ Senators John Barrasso (R–WY), Mark Pryor (D–AR), and Pat Toomey (R–PA) introduced a bill today to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Efforts in the House to do likewise are underway. The problem with the RFS isn’t corn or farmers or ethanol. The problem is that it is bad governance, has […]

Ethanol Mandate Leads To Violence, Social Unrest

February 8, 2013 by

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By Michael Sandoval ~ The conversion of corn to ethanol has contributed to a doubling in global food prices since 2005, according to a report by the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI). In a presentation at The Heritage Foundation, Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam elaborated upon earlier research done by NECSI demonstrating a link between global […]

Subsidizing Stupid

January 26, 2013 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ I don’t want to buy any windmills and I don’t want to buy any solar panels. Most especially though – I don’t want to pay for other people to buy them either. But my government is taking my money and giving it to them. I don’t like that. I don’t like […]