Browsing All posts tagged under »Ethanol«

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Diogenes Searching For Honest Policies

March 7, 2017 by

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Renewable energy is defective solution in search of a problem, money, and power By Paul Driessen ~ The Greek philosopher Diogenes reportedly carried an oil lamp during the daytime, the better to help him find an honest man. People everywhere should join Congress and the Trump Administration in search of honest energy and climate policies […]

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 […]

Actor Supports Guns in Schools, Hollywood Goes Hysterical + More – Daily Digest

June 2, 2015 by

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The Patriot Post ~ THE FOUNDATION “It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, […]

Obama Vows Retaliation Over Bibi’s Campaign Rhetoric + More – Daily Digest

March 19, 2015 by

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The Patriot Post ~ THE FOUNDATION “All sober inquirers after truth … have declared that the happiness of man, as well as his dignity, consists in virtue.” –John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776 TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS Obama Vows Retaliation Over Bibi’s Campaign Rhetoric There will be consequences for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s heightened national […]

The Ethanol Boondoggle

July 30, 2014 by

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But Won’t Ethanol Help Stop Global Warming? By Mark Alexander~ “Some are weatherwise, some are otherwise.” –Benjamin Franklin (1735) Here in the mountains of east Tennessee, we distill corn mash to produce a product provincially known as Moonshine – because it is often produced and transported under cover of darkness. Arguably, it is a more […]

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 […]

GOP to ‘Paralyze’ Obama Agenda + More – Daily Digest

June 27, 2014 by

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The Patriot Post ~ THE FOUNDATION “[T]o preserve the republican form and principles of our Constitution and cleave to the salutary distribution of powers which that [the Constitution] has established … are the two sheet anchors of our Union. If driven from either, we shall be in danger of foundering.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William […]

Friday Digest The Fix? Another BIG Lie and More

November 15, 2013 by

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The Patriot Post ~ THE FOUNDATION “[T]he duty imposed upon [the president] to take care, that the laws be faithfully executed, follows out the strong injunctions of his oath of office, that he will ‘preserve, protect, and defend the constitution.’ The great object of the executive department is to accomplish this purpose; and without it, be […]

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 […]

Immigration Reform Hits the Senate

April 19, 2013 by

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The Patriot Post ~ But First, Breaking News Out of Boston Two immigration issues are top of the fold this week. First, two young Chechen immigrants bombed the Boston Marathon Monday. Due to the outstanding work of both the FBI and Massachusetts law enforcement, those perpetrators were identified and one apprehended. It’s no small irony […]

EPA’s E-15 Ethanol Plan: Bad for Pocketbooks, Environment, Energy Policy

April 26, 2012 by

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By Paul Driessen ~ The Obama Administration’s anti-hydrocarbon ideology and “renewable” energy mythology continues to subsidize crony capitalists and the politicians they help keep in office – on the backs of American taxpayers, ratepayers and motorists. The latest chapter in the sorry ethanol saga is a perfect example. Bowing to pressure from ADM, Cargill, Growth […]

The Debt Ceiling and the Constitution + More

July 15, 2011 by

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The Patriot Post  Digest The Foundation “[T]he present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes — rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments.” –Alexander Hamilton Government & Politics The Debt Ceiling and the Constitution “C’mon, man!” Joe […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Climate Mafia Gather in Cancun

November 28, 2010 by

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By Alan Caruba On November 14, 1957, leaders of the American and other Mafia organizations gathered at the home of Joseph “Joe the Barber” Barbara in Apalachin, New York; approximately one hundred Mafiosi from around the United States, Canada, and Italy attended. Up to then, J. Edgar Hoover, the Director of the Federal Bureau of […]

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 […]

Who Are You Calling Stupid?

September 22, 2008 by

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WHO ARE YOU CALLING STUPID Alan Caruba If you read as much of the blather turned out by media folk like the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman and others, you begin to see certain themes emerge. They don’t like humanity much. One of their great concerns is population growth and, in concert with the use […]

Democrat Deceptions About Oil

September 9, 2008 by

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DEMOCRAT DECEPTIONS ABOUT OIL Alan Caruba Lost amidst the many speeches delivered at the Democrat Convention was one by Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada. He is the Senate Majority Leader and, as such, controls the legislative agenda in that upper house of Congress. Harry Reid hates oil, but then, so does the Democrat Party. The […]