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Could The End Of Ethanol Be In Sight?

April 16, 2020 by

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By Dr. Jay Lehr and Howard Hayden ~ Ethanol alcohol (EtOH) is the same alcohol that is in beer, wine, and distilled spirits, namely CH3CH2OH. In dry milling the entire kernel of corn or other starchy grain such as wheat, barley or sorghum is processed without separating out the various component parts of the grain. Water […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fallacious Claims Prop Up Ethanol

October 10, 2013 by

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How can members of Congress still support rising renewable fuel mandates? By Paul Driessen ~ Arguments put forward to support ethanol and other biofuels hold water like sieves – leaking billions of gallons of precious fresh water that are required to produce this expensive, unsustainable energy. These and other renewable energy programs may have originated […]

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 […]

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 […]

How The Greens Pick Your Pocket

May 14, 2013 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ The famed Boston Tea Party was a protest against “taxation without representation”, but our pockets are picked every day by a plethora of taxes of which most Americans are not even aware. We get robbed when the federal government thwarts exploration and extraction of energy resources that would greatly reduce those […]

Farm Bill Wastes More Taxpayer Money On Green Subsidies

May 14, 2013 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Slapping the word rural in front of a bunch of green subsidies does not mean they’re not subsidies. But that’s exactly what the Rural Energy Investment Act section of the Senate version of the farm bill legislation does. The legislation includes direct handouts and loan guarantees for advanced biofuels and bio-refineries, […]

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 […]

Many “Green” Policies Trample On People, Environment, Science And Ethics

January 14, 2013 by

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Environmental policies and practitioners often hurt people and values they supposedly protect. By Paul Driessen ~ Policy integrity. Ethical culture. Ethical investing. Environmental protection. Environmental defense. Friends of earth. Defenders of wildlife. Not just their names, but their charter, culture and policies – their very being – represent a commitment to these profound values. Or […]

The Great Ethanol Scam

October 14, 2012 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ The rocketing costs of gasoline and the price of corn being paid worldwide are the result of U.S. government mandates requiring the inclusion of ethanol in the gasoline all Americans must use. The time has long since passed to eliminate ethanol from this primary fuel. A recent report by ActionAid USA, “Fueling […]

AP’s Coverage of California Dairies’ Peril Identifies Price Controls as Culprit, But Not Corn Crop Diversion to Ethanol

October 1, 2012 by

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By Tom Blumer ~ At the Associated Press on Saturday, Gosia Wosniacka did something one rarely sees any more in wire service coverage, actually blaming a government policy for an industry’s financial problems — in this case, state-imposed price controls on the California dairy industry. But price controls in the highly tarnished Golden State, while […]

EPA Threatens to Wreck the Nation’s Auto Fleet

June 14, 2012 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ One can hardly get through the week without learning of yet another absurd new program by the Environmental Protection Agency. The latest is a five percent increase in the amount of ethanol that must be added to the nation’s supply of gasoline. In 2010, even Al Gore told a business conference […]

Al Gore Says He Supported ‘Not Good’ Ethanol Policies To Help His Presidential Ambitions

November 23, 2010 by

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By Noel Sheppard Nobel laureate Al Gore said this weekend that tax breaks for corn-based ethanol are “not good policy” and that he only supported these subsidies in order to assist his eventual run for president. Reuters Africa reported Monday the former Vice President made these comments while speaking to a green energy conference in […]

Facts And Science Missing From White House Environmental Policy

November 2, 2010 by

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By Conn Carroll President Barack Obama famously believes that all of his policies are supported by “facts and science,” while opposition to his policies comes only from “fear and frustration.” As The Washington Post documented twice last weekend, that is just plain false. First Charles Lane reports: The Obama Energy Department has suggested that, with […]

Time To End The Ethanol Rip-Off

October 27, 2010 by

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By Alan Caruba Psst! Want to avoid $25-to-$30 billion in new deficit spending over the next five years? You do? Okay, then email, fax or call your congressman and tell him you want to let the 45 cents-per-gallon Volumetric Ethanol Tax Credit (VEETC) expire on December 31, 2010. In the same way you want Congress […]

Major Newspapers Urge An End To Ethanol Subsidy

July 27, 2010 by

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By Alan Caruba On Friday, July 23, the Chicago Tribune published an editorial titled “Enough Ethanol” and on Saturday, July 24, The Washington Post editorial said, “It’s time to end the excessive subsidies for corn ethanol.” On Monday, July 26, The Wall Street Journal joined the chorus. “The best refutation of the theory of the […]