Browsing All posts tagged under »Ethanol Subsidies«

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Next Farm Bill Shouldn’t Play Favorites With Energy

March 10, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ The House Agriculture subcommittee on commodity exchanges, energy, and credit is holding a hearing March 9 titled “The Next Farm Bill: Rural Development & Energy Programs.” The 2002 farm bill was the first to contain an energy title, which has since grown to include direct handouts and loan guarantees for advanced biofuels and […]

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 […]

Certainty Will Come By Eliminating Handouts For Ethanol And Wind

March 18, 2015 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Energy policy was a hot topic for prospective Republican nominees for President at last week’s Iowa Agriculture Summit (Ag Summit). Unfortunately, a number of the contenders are getting the issue wrong, voicing support for targeted tax credits for wind and the ethanol mandate because of industry pleas about “uncertainty,” a gambit […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Energy Freedom Now

July 14, 2011 by

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By Frank Gaffney, Jr. Mark Twain is usually credited with the quip that “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”  The same is certainly true of our dependence on foreign, and often unfriendly, sources of energy – particularly when gas prices soar and every American feels the pinch. The difference, of […]

Why Ethanol and Natural Gas Don’t Deserve Subsidies

June 22, 2011 by

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By Nicolas Loris Two of the energy subsidy debates in Washington focus on tax credits for the ethanol and natural gas industries. The growing opposition to the $6 billion ethanol blender’s tax credit became quite clear when the Senate voted 73–27 to remove the subsidy—even though the credit is set to expire at the end […]

Coburn Moves to Eliminate Ethanol Subsidies

April 6, 2011 by

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By Nicolas Loris Ethanol. Henry Ford called it the “fuel of the future” in the 1920s. Decades later, policymakers put laws in place to increase the amount of ethanol in our fuel supply. Environmentalists and the Midwest sold it as a way to decrease American dependence on foreign oil and a way to reduce greenhouse […]

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 […]