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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]