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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...
  • Oh, by the way, ethanol subsidies are dead.

    12/29/2011 1:10:03 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Red State ^ | December 29, 2011 | Moe Lane
    Details here and here: the short version is that the Senate back in June kicked off opposition to continued ethanol subsidies via a bipartisan amendment: it didn’t pass, but Congress has just let both the ethanol subsidy and a restrictive foreign tariff (on Brazilian sugar-cane ethanol) lapse. Given that the Iowa caucuses will be finished by the time Congress reconvenes – and given that the House of Representatives is currently chock-heavy with people who spit at the very phrase ‘ethanol subsidy’ – getting back either is going to be a problem for the domestic ethanol industry. Mind you, there are...
  • Expiring Ethanol Credit to Add to Gas Price Jump (4.5 cents more a gallon - North Carolina)

    12/28/2011 1:39:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    WCTI 12 ^ | 12/28/11
    Expiring Ethanol Credit to Add to Gas Price JumpBy WRAL POSTED: 9:04 am EST December 28, 2011 RALEIGH -- Lack of action by state lawmakers and Congress is expected to raise gas prices in North Carolina by more than 8 cents a gallon, starting Sunday. Half of the increase comes from the state. North Carolina's gas tax is linked to the price of gas and is adjusted every six months. Because gas prices have gone up since July, the state tax, which is already one of the highest in the country, is going up by 3.9 cents a gallon on...
  • Congress ends corn ethanol subsidy

    12/28/2011 9:29:12 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies · 1+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | December 28, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Interesting timing, especially when some biomass companies are switching from wood chips to corn, because they couldn’t turn a profit on wood chips. Looks like all the wheels are coming off the bus now.To Survive, Some Biofuels Companies Give Up on Biofuels – Technology Review Gevo, a prominent advanced-biofuels company that has received millions in U.S. government funding to develop fuels made from cellulosic sources such as grass and wood chips, is finding that it can’t use these materials if it hopes to survive. Instead, it’s going to use corn, a common source for conventional biofuels. What’s more, most of...
  • Subsidies on Domestic Ethanol & Tariffs on Imported Ethanol End

    12/27/2011 7:28:47 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 31 replies
    Cars In Depth ^ | December 26, 2011 | Ronnie Schreiber
    Lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Congress has quietly ended subsidies on ethanol fuel as well as ending a special import tariff on Brazilian ethanol. The ethanol subsidy paid fuel blenders 45 cents per gallon to make E10, gasoline blended with 10% ethanol. The tariff added 54 cents to the cost of importing a gallon of ethanol from Brazil. The ethanol subsidy currently costs US taxpayers about $6 billion per year. Over the past 30 years, the program has cost $45 billion. By taking no action on the subsidy before adjourning for the end of the...
  • Presidential Candidate [Perry] Holds Agriculture Conference Call

    12/13/2011 1:59:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Farmer Futuers ^ | December 13, 2011 | Jason Vance
    On Monday evening Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican Presidential candidate, spoke with Iowa farmers during a telephone town hall event hosted by the Iowa Soybean Association. In an effort to focus national attention on the critical topic of agricultural policy and trade impacting farmers across America, the ISA board of directors has invited all major Presidential candidates to participate in a telephone town hall meeting. During his opening remarks Perry said the country is in trouble and he is concerned about the future and that his candidacy is about fighting the fight for the next generation. "I'm not interested...
  • Iowa: Newt Leads, Then Mitt, Then Ron Paul (Newt loves subsidies -- Perry says NO)

    12/06/2011 5:07:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 6, 2011 | Jim Geraghty
    ...UPDATE: Hey, remember when this was the year that the Republican field was going to break away from pandering on ethanol? Remember how this year was going to be the year that fury over runaway spending was going to overtake the usual pandering to primary state constituencies? Yeah, not so much. Recall from January of this year: The former Speaker blew through Des Moines last Tuesday for the Renewable Fuels Association summit, and his keynote speech to the ethanol lobby was as pious a tribute to the fuel made from corn and tax dollars as we’ve ever heard. Mr. Gingrich...
  • Federal government pulls plug on failed cellulosic ethanol factory (Enviro-weenies hardest hit)

    12/03/2011 10:53:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    12/03/11
    Link only - Federal government pulls plug on failed cellulosic ethanol factory
  • The Test You Want To Fail (Ethanol Newt)

    11/30/2011 12:09:19 PM PST · by Captain Kirk · 21 replies
    Fox Business ^ | November 30, 2011 | John Stossel
    The Iowa corn growers association released a report card today, rating Republican primary candidates on their support of "corn grower's legislative priorities." Candidates who oppose subsidies, like Representative Ron Paul and Herman Cain got "D." grades (Only their criticism of the EPA spared them "F"s. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich got the highest grade. He and President Obama were praised for their support of economically disastrous policies like ethanol subsidies.
  • EU likely to curb Indonesian palm biofuel imports

    11/27/2011 7:56:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Business Recorder ^ | Sunday, November 27, 2011 | Reuters
    European Union (EU) governments are likely to curtail their imports of Indonesian palm oil-based biofuel, which has become cheaper due to a tax cut, to protect their own domestic plants, a top analyst said on Wednesday. "The EU has supported the build of local production capacity that is heavily under-utilised and will not be able to survive if foreign competitors to rapeseed biodiesel cannot be kept out of the market," Fredrik Erixon, director of the European Centre for International Political Economy told Reuters. Biodiesel producers in Southeast Asia and the Americas are making headway in Europe's lucrative renewable energy market,...
  • EU opens investigation into U.S. bioethanol subsidies

    11/27/2011 3:11:37 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Friday, November 25, 2011 | Charlie Dunmore; ed by Rex Merrifield
    The European Commission launched an investigation on Friday over complaints that U.S. bioethanol exporters are using unfair state subsidies to sell their fuel to Europe at illegally low prices, a statement in the EU official journal showed. The investigation follows a formal complaint by EU bioethanol industry association ePURE in October, which alleged that tax credits in the United States allow its exporters to cut their EU selling price by about 40 percent, EU diplomats said. If the EU authorities find evidence of unfair trade practices, it could result in import tariffs on millions of liters (gallons) of bioethanol imports...
  • Livestock Farmers Say Ethanol Consumes Too Much Corn

    11/23/2011 3:24:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Livestock farmers are demanding a change in the nation's ethanol policy, claiming current rules could lead to spikes in meat prices and even shortages at supermarkets if corn growers have a bad year. The amount of corn consumed by the ethanol industry combined with continued demand from overseas has cattle and hog farmers worried that if corn production drops due to drought or another natural disaster, the cost of feed could skyrocket, leaving them little choice but to reduce the size of their herds. A smaller supply could, in turn, mean higher meat prices and...
  • Gingrich made big bucks pushing corporate welfare (BIG PHARMA)

    11/16/2011 6:54:03 PM PST · by Fred · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/16/11 | Tom Carney
    Newt Gingrich spent the last decade being paid by big business to convince conservatives to support big-government policies that would profit his clients. Gingrich's consulting firm racked up $1.6 million in fees from the government-sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac, we learned this week from Bloomberg News. Gingrich's job was to help Freddie Mac win over conservatives to this market-distorting, bubble-fueling, housing-subsidy entity, which is now officially owned by the federal government. We also know that Growth Energy, an ethanol lobby, paid $312,500 to the Gingrich Group in 2009, according to the group's tax filing. Growth Energy lobbies to preserve many ethanol...
  • Gingrich praises ethanol’s benefits (2009)

    11/14/2011 9:55:53 PM PST · by mean ogre · 14 replies
    Omaha Tribune ^ | 9-25-2009 | J. Ruff
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich toured the trading offices and headquarters of an Omaha-based ethanol company Thursday, touting the corn-based fuel additive as a key part of U.S. efforts to reduce dependence on foreign oil and create environmentally friendly, renewable fuels. “We do not want to be largely dependent on foreign dictatorships who at some point down the road could blackmail us, basically giving us the choice of an economic catastrophe or doing what they want,” Gingrich told workers and executives at Green Plains Renewable Energy at 9420 Underwood Ave. Green Plains began operating its first ethanol plant in Shenandoah,...
  • The Biofuels Fiasco - Rube Goldberg would recoil in horror from this regulatory contraption [Iowa]

    10/28/2011 12:45:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 31, 2011 ISSUE | Dave Juday
    [snip] So the United States now imports ethanol from Brazil to meet the federal mandate for ethanol use, and yet those imports are subject to a 54-cents-per-gallon tariff to protect the U.S. domestic ethanol industry. Ethanol is also imported from Canada, which is not subject to a tariff, and owing to trade agreements and foreign policy considerations, the United States is committed to importing ethanol from all Caribbean Basin countries, with special set-asides for El Salvador and Costa Rica. Remember: Despite all this import and export activity, ethanol policy was justified on grounds of U.S. energy independence. Yet, just as...
  • America Going Green: U.S. to Provide 71% of World’s Biofuels by 2021?

    10/26/2011 9:26:04 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    OilPrice.com ^ | 10/26/2011 | John Daly
    A recent study, released on 11 October, “Biofuel Markets and Technologies” released by Pike Research states that the global biofuel market will double within the next decade to $183.3 billion from its current level of $82.7 billion, with ethanol production accounting for $78 billion of future worldwide biofuel production, while predicting that biodiesel production will reach $25.5 billion. Perhaps not surprisingly, Pike Research predicts that the US will become the world’s leading biofuel producer, accounting for 71 percent of alternative fuel by 2021. Colorado-based Pike Research on its website defines itself as “a market research and consulting firm that provides...
  • News Release - National Academies: Ethanol Worsens Greenhouse Gases

    10/16/2011 6:20:15 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    News Release - National Academies: Ethanol Worsens Greenhouse Gases Published October 4, 2011 Washington, D.C. -- A new report by the National Academy of Sciences has found that corn ethanol production increases greenhouse gas emissions and damages soil, air, water and wildlife habitat. As well it says advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol are unlikely to prove practical substitutes for either corn ethanol or fossil fuels. “This report highlights the severe damage to the environment from corn-based ethanol,” said Sheila Karpf, EWG’s legislative and policy analyst. “It underscores just how misguided U.S. biofuels policy has become. It catalogs the environmentally...
  • Nestle chief warns of new food riots

    The head of the world's biggest food company Nestle said on Friday that rising food prices have created conditions "similar" to 2008 when hunger riots took place in many countries. "The situation is similar (to 2008). This has become the new reality," the Swiss giant's chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe told the Salzburger Nachrichten daily in his native Austria in an interview. "We have reached a level of food prices that is substantially higher than before. It will likely settle down at this level. "If you live in a developing country and spend 80 percent of your income on food then of...
  • CORN ETHANOL IS MORE GOV'T IDIOCY

    10/06/2011 6:14:29 AM PDT · by shortstop · 29 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/06/11 | Bob Lonsberry
    Should we use ethanol for fuel? Certainly. Should we use corn to make that ethanol? Certainly not. Sure, we want to get over our need for foreign oil. Sure, we want to find a renewable fuel for our vehicles. Sure, ethanol could work just fine. But don’t make it from corn. Here’s what I’m talking about. The president and a bunch of powerful people in Congress have been working over recent years to hold up corn-based ethanol as the answer to our future energy-supply needs. When he talks about it, the president says corn-based ethanol is our only hope of...
  • Getting slammed at the supermarket (corn crop failure will raise food prices)

    09/25/2011 11:37:09 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 66 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 19, 2011 | BARBARA F. HOLLINGSWORTH
    High energy prices and bad weather -- including blistering hot temperatures, flooding in some places and drought in others -- hurt this year’s agricultural output. But farmers agree that a major problem is the soaring price of corn, which is used directly in products like cereal, and indirectly as livestock feed. Corn is nearly twice as expensive now as it was last summer -- even though US farmers planted the second-largest crop since World War II. Why? Well, 40 percent of the crop goes to produce 12.6 billion gallons of ethanol to meet the government’s renewable fuel standards. In other...
  • Perry wants a “level playing field” & an end to ethanol mandate (audio)

    08/28/2011 3:42:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | August 28, 2011 | O. Kay Henderson
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says it’s time for the federal government to quit picking winners and losers, and that includes federal efforts to boost the ethanol industry. Perry, the governor of oil-rich Texas, opposes the federal “renewable fuels standard” which requires a certain amount of corn-based ethanol be produced in the U.S. each year. “I’d like to see a level playing field for all of the energy producers in this country,” Perry told reporters in Iowa tonight. Iowa corn farmers support the federal rule which requires an increasing volume of ethanol be produced through 2015. Perry told reporters tonight...
  • Don't like Perry? How about promoting your candidates positives?

    08/27/2011 7:00:28 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 891 replies
    8/27/11 | Listenhillary
    We are adults and most on FR are very intelligent persons. I think we can decide if a candidate is right for us. How about stop repeating the same Gardasil, Texas corridor, immigration stories over and over and over. Most have seen them by now if they have been paying attention. Most have judged the stories and condemn Perry to hell for them or they think that a president just might have different priorities than a state governor. Screaming at us in all caps isn't going to change any minds. FR isn't the entire universe of voters. We are a...
  • Coal and Ethanol Are Not Alternative Energy Policy

    08/08/2011 7:55:09 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    OilPrice.com ^ | 08/04/2011 | Andrew Smolski
    The domestic alternative energy policy in the US seems to rotate on semantics and adding words to other words to make it look like something is going on. However, the truth of the matter is, energy policy is as defunct as ever and on most fronts the US is lagging far behind. Mostly it is a disregard of what the economist Herman Daly has pointed out about the macro-view of the macro-economic system. His idea is that the ecological system is closed and finite, not infinite created by God for our own personal use, which needs to be included into...
  • NIST finds that ethanol-loving bacteria accelerate cracking of pipeline steels

    08/03/2011 8:17:14 AM PDT · by decimon · 14 replies
    U.S. production of ethanol for fuel has been rising quickly, topping 13 billion gallons in 2010. With the usual rail, truck and barge transport methods under potential strain, existing gas pipelines might be an efficient alternative for moving this renewable fuel around the country. But researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) caution that ethanol, and especially the bacteria sometimes found in it, can dramatically degrade pipelines. At a conference this week,* NIST researchers presented new experimental evidence that bacteria that feed on ethanol and produce acid boosted fatigue crack growth rates by at least 25 times...
  • World needs needs Tequila power: report (Better Bio-fuel)

    07/28/2011 8:28:21 PM PDT · by dayglored · 34 replies
    The Register ^ | 29 July 2011 | Richard Chirgwin
    Agave a better biofuel than sugar cane Agave produces a highly-efficient intoxicant, as anyone who’s woken up “Wasting Away in Margaritaville” can attest. According to a joint Sydney University / Oxford University study, the plant could also be a highly-efficient feedstock for biofuels... [Agave is] an arid plant, which means it’s suitable for regions where food crops are at best marginal... By moving ethanol feedstock away from high-quality farmland, agave-driven ethanol production would therefore solve one of the conundrums of biofuels: the accusation that corn- or sugar-based ethanol production displaces food production... Study of a trial plantation near the regional...
  • Cheap Plastic Made from Sugarcane

    07/25/2011 11:56:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 07-25-2011 | Kevin Bullis
    Dow Chemical is building a plant to make polyethylene from sugarcane at costs that rival petrochemical production. Making plastic from sugar can be just as cheap as making it from petroleum, says Dow Chemical. The company plans to build a plant in Brazil that it says will be the world's largest facility for making polymers from plants. The project will begin with the construction of a 240-million-liter ethanol plant, a joint venture with Mitsui, that is set to begin later this year. By the beginning of next year, Dow will finish engineering plans for facilities that will convert that ethanol...
  • Farm-State Senators Agree to End Ethanol Tax Breaks in July

    07/09/2011 7:47:47 AM PDT · by bigbob · 22 replies
    SFGate ^ | 7-7-11 | Alan Bjerga, Jodi Schneider, Ann Hughey
    Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said she has reached an agreement with two farm-state lawmakers to end ethanol subsidies July 31. Feinstein's agreement with Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, and John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, would end a 45-cent-a-gallon ethanol blender tax credit and a 54-cent-a-gallon tariff on ethanol imports that are scheduled to expire Dec. 31. The lawmakers said the proposal, announced today, would reduce the federal budget deficit by $1.33 billion.
  • TIR Poll: Iowa Caucus Goers Sour On Ethanol

    07/05/2011 11:07:26 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 19 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | July 5, 2011 | Craig Robinson
    A recent survey of likely Republican caucus goers shows that support of federal subsidies for the ethanol industry has waned significantly in recent years. The poll, which was commissioned by TheIowaRepublican.com, finds that Iowa Republicans view a candidate who supports ending federal ethanol subsidies more favorably than a candidate who doesn’t. The survey asked, “Some of the candidates have proposed to end federal subsidies for ethanol. Do you have a very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative reaction to candidates taking this position?” Forty-seven percent responded by answering very or somewhat positive. Only 24 percent of respondents said...
  • Fun with Numbers: The New USDA Report on Corn Ethanol

    06/27/2011 9:45:00 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 5 replies
    SeekerBlog and www.consumerenergyreport.com ^ | Wednesday, July 7, 2010 | Steve Darden summarizing Robert Rapier
    Robert Rapier invests a lot of effort in an attempt to discover what is going on with USDA reports of improving ethanol EROEI. The USDA is obviously being hammered by congress to make their giveaways to corn growers look less stupid. My bottom line is this: 1. USDA is obviously under pressure to fiddle their accounting to make subsidized corn ethanol look as good as possible.2. Some of the tricks are just laughable, like subtracting byproducts from the inputs to form a new “input” definition that obviously inflates the “return” = output/”input”. Wouldn’t it be nice if our investment returns...
  • Let ethanol have a go in a free market

    06/26/2011 6:20:11 AM PDT · by rhema · 38 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 6/25/11 | Jason Lewis
    When the gasohol governor marches into Iowa and says that ethanol's subsidy days are numbered because "we simply can't afford them," you know the times they are a-changin'. Tim Pawlenty's courage may have been borne of necessity, but nonetheless, it is in stark contrast to Newt Gingrich, who went to Des Moines and got on bended knee in front of the Renewable Fuels Association. Or for that matter, Al Gore, who not long ago admitted that the only reason he supported ethanol in Iowa was to secure the presidency. Profiles in courage they're not. But now, a bipartisan majority in...
  • 'Cars 2' Fuels Energy Debate With Green Theme

    06/22/2011 10:04:18 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 57 replies
    Pixar Animation mastermind John Lasseter says the company has no environmental agenda, but with "Cars 2," the blockbuster outfit does tap into today's eco-mindedness with a plot driven by oil vs. a cleaner alternative. Debuting in U.S. theaters Friday, "Cars 2" sends race car Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) on a World Grand Prix circuit whose organizer fuels the vehicles with a green alternative called Allinol, prompting the bad guys to try to discredit the new power supply that threatens traditional gasoline.