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  • DOE: Renewable grant program was a big jobs creator

    04/06/2012 1:43:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    politico ^ | 4/6/12 | ALEX GUILLEN
    A $9 billion Obama administration grant program for renewable energy projects has created tens of thousands of jobs, an Energy Department report out Friday concludes. The report comes just one week after Speaker John Boehner slammed Energy Secretary Steven Chu over the claim and challenged him to provide proof of the jobs creation. The report — conducted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory — concludes that the program supported 52,000 to 75,000 construction and installation jobs on average over the three years it was in effect. Between 43,000 to 66,000 of those were indirect jobs in the supply chain (for...
  • EPA moves closer to OK of 15 percent ethanol gasoline

    04/03/2012 5:03:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 49 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 2, 2012 | Associated Press
    The federal government announced Monday it has taken a step toward wide distribution of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol by allowing manufacturers to register as suppliers. While the EPA is moving the process forward by allowing the registration, E15 still must clear another set of federal tests and become a registered fuel in individual states. Ethanol makers then must convince petroleum marketers to sell it at gas stations. Most ethanol fuel sold for passenger cars and pickups today is 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gas. The new blend that boosts ethanol to 15 percent would only be sold...
  • House panel hits EPA on gas prices

    04/02/2012 8:52:06 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    politico ^ | 3/27/12 | ERICA MARTINSON
    Republicans leading the House Energy and Commerce Committee are charging that the (EPA) agency does little to determine how its regulatory agenda affects prices at the pump — The price per gallon is up a little more than 30 cents from a year ago, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Refiners met federal requirements to drop the amount of sulfur in gasoline from 300 parts per million to 30 ppm. Now, the EPA wants them to bring it down to 10 ppm.
  • Reducing U.S. oil appetite... by smart mandates and taxing. (Flashback)

    03/20/2012 2:01:50 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Enquirer ^ | January 31, 2008 | Rick Santorum
    I suggest that in the short term, we dig our way out of this problem. The United States is the "Saudi Arabia of coal," and Pennsylvania is sitting on hundreds of years of this affordable and accessible resource, which, with innovative technologies - spearheaded by Pennsylvanians - we can use cleanly and right away. Pennsylvania coal already generates most of the electricity in this state. The industry is in the process of doing it more cleanly through clean-coal technologies, such as gasification of coal into methanol, a form of alcohol that can be burned in internal combustion engines directly or...
  • Ethanol Policy Not Producing Desired Results

    03/20/2012 12:46:17 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which mandated a steep rise in domestic ethanol production, is causing unforeseen negative consequences for food prices while failing to live up to the desired gasoline results and other expectations, concludes a Texas A&M University research team headed by an economics professor who studies energy issues.James Griffin James M. Griffin, director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, which is part of Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, and Mauricio Cifuentes Soto, a graduate student assisting him, say in their report that the goal of...
  • Africa: Biofuels won’t feed the people

    03/16/2012 11:48:04 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    La Repubblica, Rome ^ | 3/15/2012 | Stefano Valentino
    Seeking to meet new regulations on low-carbon emission fuels, Europeans are battling over millions of hectares of African land in order to grow biofuels. This is detrimental to food crop production, warn NGOs. A jatropha nursery field by Stefano Valentino Imagine a surface the size of Switzerland – 4 million hectares – totally covered in plantations aimed at supplying fuel to vehicles and electricity plants. That's the total land currently exploited in Africa by Western countries in order to supply biofuels. The British are in the lead with a record 1.6 million hectares of cultivated land, followed by the Italians,...
  • Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge to drilling

    03/13/2012 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2012 | Sean Cockerham
    WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to oil drilling, as well as to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project. Tuesday's vote was the first time in four years that the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably.
  • Santorum Called for Federal Ethanol Mandate

    03/11/2012 5:56:18 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 87 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 3/11/201 | Mary Beth House
    "Another presidential candidate had an energy proposal back in 2008 as well. Former Senator Rick Santorum’s ideas, however, went an entirely different direction. Rather than increasing production, his solution was to “reduce US oil appetite” in an article he wrote, titled, “Reducing U.S. oil appetite This is one cause that could be helped by smart mandates and taxing“
  • U.S. must 'hustle' to reach 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022, ag secretary says

    03/12/2012 6:34:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | March12, 2012 | by Cory Nealon
    The United States can meet President Barack Obama's goal of producing 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022, but it better get moving. That's according to Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to a 2010 Agriculture Department report, the agency plans for the U.S. to produce 13.4 billion gallons of biofuels from grasses and sugars. The rest would come from oil seeds, crop residues and wood waste. The EPA is exploring other sources, such as animal fats, municipal solid waste and algae. The push for more biofuels comes as other industries, such as commercial power companies,...
  • New Enzyme Could Cut Cost of Ethanol Made From Waste

    02/22/2012 9:56:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2012 | DIANE CARDWELL
    It is one of the holy grails of clean energy production: finding a way to make ethanol from the cellulose in biowaste like corn husks and household trash. Although several pilot projects are up and running — with many more in the pipeline — commercial production has remained elusive, with the costs remaining much higher than for producing ethanol from corn, or gasoline. But in what may come as welcome news to oil companies that are paying penalties for failing to use cellulosic ethanol — a biofuel that, commercially speaking, does not yet exist — a big producer of industrial...
  • Sensenbrenner offers bill that would slow ethanol increases

    02/08/2012 4:26:09 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-7-12 | Rick Barrett
    Efforts to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline were dealt a blow Tuesday by legislation that would block a 15% biofuel blend until more studies are done on whether it harms engines. A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) would require a comprehensive review of fuels containing more than 10% ethanol before they're allowed in the marketplace. By a vote of 19-7, the bill was approved by a House committee on science, space and technology. Sensenbrenner chairs the committee. Makers of small engines, especially, have said scores of their products could be ruined if consumers use a...
  • New microbe turns sugary seaweed into fuel

    01/25/2012 7:49:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 19 January 2012 | Jon Evans
    It may be slimy, slippery and rather unpleasant, but seaweed actually has a surprisingly wide range of uses, being a common source of food, chemicals, medicines and cosmetics. It may soon also be a source of biofuel, thanks to an engineered microbe able to transform seaweed directly into ethanol. Seaweed has a number of important advantages over other biofuel feedstocks. Unlike maize and sugarcane, it isn't grown on fields that otherwise would be producing food and unlike wood and energy crops, such as switchgrass, it doesn't contain any lignin, which makes the sugar molecules in it much easier to release.  As a...
  • U.S. became world’s top ethanol exporter in 2011

    01/18/2012 6:38:15 AM PST · by thackney · 38 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 18, 2012 | Simone Sebastian
    The United States became the world’s leading exporter of ethanol in 2011, selling a record level of the biofuel into overseas markets, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. The nation has made a stunning about-face in its role in the global ethanol market. Just two years ago, the United States was a net importer of the fuel, which is blended into gasoline by federal mandate. Through November, the United States exported 1.02 billion gallons of ethanol in 2011, in denatured and undenatured forms. That’s more than double the volume exported in all of 2010, about 400 million gallons, according to...
  • EPA Fines Companies Because They Didn’t Use A Fuel That Doesn’t Exist

    01/11/2012 1:38:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Human Events ^ | 01/11/2012 | John Hayward
    Gosh, it’s tough to figure out why that recovery is stalled. The Orwellian nightmare of running a business in the shadow of the Obama Administration is nicely captured in this story from the New York Times, which explains why motor fuel companies are about to be fined $6.8 million for failure to use a biofuel that does not exist: In 2012, the oil companies expect to pay even higher penalties for failing to blend in the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs. Refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons into gasoline and...
  • Lessons of the rising fuel prices

    01/10/2012 1:46:13 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 9 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 10, 2012 | Editorial
    The end of the federal 45-cent-per-gallon tax credit for U.S. oil companies that buy and blend ethanol with gasoline has boosted pump prices by a nickel, but largely drowned out by consumers' grumbling were two valuable civics lessons. The feds require fuel blends that are 10 percent ethanol for most vehicles, and going forward, they have guaranteed greater demand for ethanol with their escalating alternative-fuel mandate. Adopted in the 1980s and twinned with a 54-cent-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol, the tax credit transformed grain markets by encouraging farmers to devote more acres to corn. That reduced the production of other...
  • One Energy Subsidy Ended on January 1, 2012

    01/10/2012 9:10:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    A major part of the United States' misguided policy on ethanol usage came to an end as the $6 billion-a-year ethanol subsidy dies America's corn farmers have been benefiting from annual federal subsidies of around $6 billion in recent years, all in the name of ethanol used as an additive for the nation's vehicles. That ends on Jan. 1, when the companies making ethanol will lose a tax credit of 46 cents per gallon, and even the ethanol industry is OK with it -- thanks in part to high oil prices that make ethanol competitive. Subsidized since 1979 as a...
  • Worse than Madoff? USDA biofuels investment goes bust

    01/06/2012 10:02:01 AM PST · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | January 6, 2012 | Institute for Energy Research
    USDA-backed biofuels plant in Soperton, Georgia has lost taxpayers nearly $60 millionWASHINGTON D.C.—Upon reports Tuesday that a USDA-backed biofuels plant in Soperton, Georgia has lost taxpayers nearly $60 million, IER President Tom Pyleissued the following statement:“Apparently U.S. taxpayers have yet to discover life after Solyndra. Today’s announcement that a USDA-backed biofuels plant has been sold for pennies on the dollar—at a loss of nearly $60 million to U.S. taxpayers —further underscores the point that the federal government should not be in the venture capital business.The Bush administration secured the Range Fuels loan, and the Obama administration doubled down on the...
  • Question For Iowans -- What Was Santorum's Position On Ethanol During The Caucus?

    01/05/2012 6:29:02 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 22 replies
    moi | 1-5-11
    Can anyone in Iowa tell me what Santorum said about bringing back ethanol subsides/saving mandates? If he campaigned on doing that, I'm going back to Perry. It's still ABR in the primary.
  • Iowa ethanol industry celebrates Romney-Santorum

    01/05/2012 1:35:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 138 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 4, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    ..........."Romney and Santorum (like Gingrich and Obama) both go 4-for-4 on the ethanol lobby's scorecard. Paul goes 2-for-4 because he would cut oil subsidies and allow 15-percent ethanol blends to be sold, but opposes the mandate and other subsidies. Rick Perry went 0-for-4."
  • Congress Shucks Ethanol Subsidies, Not Mandates

    01/03/2012 4:36:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 3, 2012 | Editor
    Energy Policy: Congress let the corn-based fuel's tax credits expire when it adjourned, but continuing mandates for its use means pump prices will go even higher and the money saved will be spent elsewhere. Subsidies for ethanol expired over the weekend, ironically just days before the Iowa caucuses. In their 33 years of existence, ethanol subsidies, the original poster child for crony capitalism, with an estimated cost of at least $45 billion and an annual price tag in recent years of $6 billion, have been a political sacred cow, letting farm state politicians bring home the bacon in exchange for...