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  • Killing Marine Life with Ethanol

    07/19/2014 10:40:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | 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 also reminds us that “peak oil” applies only if we wrongly assume that resource needs and technologies never change. The 18-year “hiatus” in planetary warming has forced alarmists to change their terminology to climate change, climate disruption and extreme weather mantras – which allow them to continue demanding that we stop using the hydrocarbons that provide 82% of the energy that makes our economy,...
  • LETTER: Steve King for House majority leader

    06/17/2014 6:59:13 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    With the departure of Eric Cantor as majority leader, it's time to replace him with someone with strong conservative values. My choice is Steve King of Iowa. Steve is not looking for votes, but is looking for solutions to problems.
  • EPA Acknowledges Ethanol Damages Engines

    04/23/2014 6:20:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 78 replies
    Motorcycle USA ^ | April 21, 2014 | American Motorcyclist Association
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has publicly acknowledged that ethanol in gasoline can damage internal combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures and indirectly causing component failures, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. The EPA statements are found in a rule proposal issued by the Federal Trade Commission regarding a new label for pumps that supply fuel blends high in ethanol. According to the EPA, "[e]thanol impacts motor vehicles in two primary ways. First ... ethanol enleans the [air/fuel] ratio (increases the proportion of oxygen relative to hydrocarbons) which can lead to increased exhaust gas temperatures and potentially increase incremental deterioration of...
  • Study finds cellulosic ethanol worse for environment than pure gasoline

    04/22/2014 10:13:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | April 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM, updated April 21, 2014 at 1:43 PM | By Todd Masson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The market for pure gasoline is so strong among boaters that many fuel stations near popular fishing ports are adding non-ethanol alternatives. This photo is from a new RaceTrac station on Paris Road in Chalmette, a high-traffic area for anglers returning from Hopedale, Shell Beach and Delacroix. (Photo by Todd Masson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) (Todd Masson)******************************************Boaters despise ethanol. The substance that is mixed with most gasolines in America is only slightly less harmful to outboards than Saharan sand, and the growing numbers of boaters who have had motor trouble because of the stuff will drive three cities over...
  • AP Correction: Biofuels-Global Warming story (Updated story)

    04/22/2014 10:51:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 22, 3:31 PM EDT
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a story April 20 about new research showing biofuels made with corn leftovers are worse for global warming than gasoline in the short term, The Associated Press erroneously reported that cellulosic biofuels that failed to release 60 percent less carbon than gasoline wouldn't earn a $1 per gallon subsidy. That tax subsidy expired on Dec. 31, 2013. A corrected version of the story is below:
  • EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

    04/23/2014 3:45:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 22, 2014 5:48 PM EDT | Dina Cappiello
    The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.The EPA on Tuesday said it was basing its 2013 standard on the 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons produced with nonfood plants last year. …
  • Ethanol Impact on Feed Prices

    04/21/2014 6:37:22 PM PDT · by Walt Griffith · 20 replies
    American Cattleman ^ | Renewable Fuels Association
    Ethanol Impact on Feed Prices Written By: Renewable Fuels Association Fueled by its desire for conflict, and a well-funded and organized public relations blitz by food and livestock industries, the media has spent a great deal of time in the past two years trying to portray an epic battle between America’s need for renewable alternatives to gasoline and its role as breadbasket to world. Despite unsupported and hysterical claims, the battle between ethanol production and food and feed resources is not a battle at all. In fact, it is a symbiotic relationship that promises to provide long term financial gain...
  • It's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use

    04/21/2014 12:04:02 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 59 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/20/2014 | James Conca
    OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? With huge subsidies for ethanol in gasoline, with all States now selling gasoline having some ethanol blend, and a general misconception that these biofuels are green, corn ethanol has taken on a $30 billion/yr life of its own.
  • Study Shows Ethanol Produces Worse 'Global Warming' Pollution Than Gasoline

    04/21/2014 4:21:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Well, this is going to be a heartbreaker for the hysterical global warming crowd. According to a new study, emissions from burning corn are worse for the environment and produce more CO2 or 'global warming' gases than the burning of traditional gasoline. Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal...
  • The Renewable Fuel Standard: Not as "Green" As You Think

    04/12/2014 12:42:36 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 4, 2014
    By incentivizing the production and mandating the consumption of first-generation biofuels — predominantly corn-based ethanol — lawmakers hoped to create a transportation fuel revolution. Instead, they've created a legislative monstrosity that has ravaged our land, polluted our air, diverted our water, driven up food prices at home and abroad, put engines at risk and cost U.S. taxpayers billions. In order to meet the excessive ethanol mandates in the RFS, more and more land has been converted to grow corn for fuel — not food. In the 16 years prior to RFS implementation, corn acreage in the U.S. rose by just...
  • Series of small earthquakes rock Oklahoma in record seismic activity

    04/05/2014 10:12:26 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 20 replies
    Roto-Reuters ^ | 04/05/2014 | Carey Gillam
    Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration. One earthquake recorded at 3.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey rocked houses in several communities around central Oklahoma at 7:42 a.m. local time. Another about two hours earlier in the same part of the state, north of Oklahoma City, was recorded at 2.9 magnitude, USGS said. Those two were preceded by two more, at 2.6 magnitude, and 2.5 magnitude, that also rolled...
  • My Vehicle Milage Has Dropped 5%+. How About Yours? (VANITY)

    04/04/2014 4:14:34 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 111 replies
    Vanity | 4/4/14 | Self
    The milage in both of my cars had dropped off in the last couple of months. Instead of getting 280 miles per tank, I am now getting 260 miles per tank, or even worse. I keep a close eye on the milage as a general indication of how my cars are running, but I can't see why this has happened. I have no leaks, no lights, no rough running. I Checked the Engine, and it is still there. The plugs look good. I think it might be the fuel blend. If that is the case, a lot of people should...
  • US gasoline prices reach six-month high as ethanol climbs

    04/02/2014 6:58:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 33 replies
    Bloomberg News via Fuel Fix ^ | April 2, 2014 | Barbara Powell
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  • Biofuels do more harm than good, UN warns

    03/24/2014 4:57:32 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 48 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 23, 2014 | Robert Mendick
    The United Nations will officially warn that growing crops to make “green” biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, The Telegraph can disclose. A leaked draft of a UN report condemns the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol and diesel. It says that biofuels, rather than combating the effects of global warming, could make them worse.
  • Ethanol producers benefiting from higher margins for distillers grains

    03/05/2014 5:41:16 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MARCH 5, 2014 Ethanol | Energy Information Administration
    The abundant 2013 corn harvest lowered the price of corn, a key input to ethanol production. In addition to lower corn input costs, ethanol producers are also benefiting from improving margins for dried distillers grains, an important supplement for animal feed that is the major co-product of ethanol production from corn. Sales of dried distillers grains provide a significant portion of the total revenue received by ethanol facilities, underpinning the economic feasibility of ethanol fuel production. From January 2012 through the last week of December 2013, the average price of corn delivered to Iowa ethanol plants was $6.61 per bushel...
  • EPA finalizes Tier 3 motor fuel, other requirements

    03/03/2014 11:56:29 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 03/03/2014 | Nick Snow
    The US Environmental Protection Agency issued final Tier 3 emissions control requirements for motor fuels and vehicles to meet by Jan. 1, 2017. The regulations address one major concern from refiners by keeping sulfur limits per gallon at existing levels, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “Frankly, what [the American Petroleum Institute] and others were relying on was an outdated estimate based on what they thought we’d propose, not what we actually proposed let alone what we actually put in the regulation following public hearings and extensive public comments,” McCarthy said during a Mar. 4 teleconference. “The per gallon sulfur cap...
  • Missouri rule on track to hike ethanol blend in gasoline

    03/02/2014 2:54:07 PM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 2, 2014 | Associated Press
    Missouri drivers could be able to buy a higher blend of ethanol gasoline by this summer. A proposed rule allowing the sale of gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol blend has been on hold since last October when it was temporarily blocked by a Missouri legislative committee. To permanently stop the rule, the full Legislature would need to pass a resolution by Monday...
  • [2012] Growth of ethanol fuel stalls in Brazil

    02/22/2014 12:57:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Nature ^ | November 27, 2012 | Claudio Angelo
    Domestic consumption of liquid ethanol this year has been 26% lower than for the same period in 2008. Forty-one of the country’s roughly 400 sugar-cane ethanol plants have closed over that time. The price of pure ethanol at the pump is so high that in most states it is cheaper to fill up flexible-fuel cars with petrol blends that contain about 20% ethanol... It began with the 2008 economic crisis, which staunched new investments in the sector just as it was expanding rapidly, and deep in debt. Rather than developing new plantations, the industry fell back on harvesting cane from...
  • Audi Says Synthetic 'E-Fuel' From Microorganisms Is Better Than Gas Or Diesel

    02/19/2014 2:00:54 PM PST · by ckilmer · 39 replies
    forbes ^ | 1/31/2014 @ 11:58PM | Matthew de Paula,
    Hydrogen and natural gas are among the alternative fuels starting to get more attention as car companies work to reduce emissions. But Audi is exploring yet another option that you may not have heard much about yet: e-fuels.
  • Automakers continue to quietly void warranties if you use E-15 gas

    02/01/2014 7:34:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/01/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    It seems to be a growing trend that motorists are shopping around for gas stations which offer ethanol free gas, even if they have to pay a bit more per gallon to get it. Distributors are noticing, and more and more stations are featuring this option. (You can find a list of such stations near you here.) I noticed this myself during a recent trip in New York, and now it’s showing up further south as well. Arthur Wyckoff III has sworn off alcohol — in his gasoline.“I make it a point, before I get real low, to make it...
  • 25 Fuel Efficient Cars That Are Not Hybrids

    01/19/2014 7:58:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    MPG-O-Matic ^ | January 1, 2014
    Are you thinking about buying a new fuel efficient car but are wary of hybrid technology? Fear not! There are dozens of cars on the market today that deliver great fuel economy without resorting to heavy and expensive battery packs. While most of these vehicles are designed to run on petroleum products (either conventional gasoline or diesel fuel), the Ford Focus SFE is a FlexFuel vehicle that can run on 100% domestic E85 ethanol fuel as well as conventional unleaded gasoline. 2014 Ford Focus five-door E85 holds a significant price advantage over regular unleaded gas in some parts of the...
  • Saudi Billionaire Prince: Fracking Competitively Threatens ‘Any Oil Producing Country in the World’

    01/07/2014 11:23:44 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 51 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | January 7, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman and nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, said the production of shale oil and natural gas in the United States and other countries, primarily done through fracking, is a real competitive threat to “any oil-producing country in the world,” adding that Saudi Arabia must address the issue because it is a “matter of survival.” New shale oil discoveries “are threats to any oil-producing country in the world,” said Prince Alwaleed in an interview with The Globe and Mail. “It is a pivot moment for any oil-producing country that has not diversified. Ninety-two...
  • Producers Panic as Ethanol Mandate Loses Support

    01/03/2014 5:30:46 AM PST · by thackney · 55 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 02 January 2014 | James Stafford
    Ethanol producers are panicking amid speculation that the ethanol mandate could be drastically reduced or scrapped entirely this year as the biofuel loses its allure and bipartisan allies and former friends team up against it. December saw California Democrat Dianne Feinstein—a renewable fuel champion--coordinate efforts with Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn to come up with a Senate bill to get rid of ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), citing fears that corn-based fuel production mandates will harm livestock producers. In November, Washington proposed cutting the biofuels mandate for 2014 by 16% to 15.21 billion gallons. This would be the first...
  • Ethanol loses friends and influence as reform movement grows

    12/31/2013 5:49:24 AM PST · by thackney · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | 29 Dec 2013 | Javier E. David
    <p>Ethanol requirements for U.S. gasoline appear to be losing friends and influencing the wrong people, with calls growing to reform or scrap the government mandates altogether.</p> <p>The Environmental Protection Agency in November proposed reducing the amount of renewable fuels, including corn-based ethanol, that oil refiners must blend with gasoline. The rule is a centerpiece of government efforts to curb carbon emissions, while jump-starting alternative forms of energy.</p>
  • Train Derailment West of Casselton [ North Dakota ]

    12/30/2013 1:43:04 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    KVLY ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Ben Holbert
    BREAKING NEWS: A train is derailed west of Casselton, North Dakota. It happened at 35th Street and 154th Avenue Southeast just before 2:20 p.m. Monday. Several area emergency teams are on scene and are setting up an incident command center. A viewer who is about a half mile from the derailment tells Valley News Live she can see large flames. Several train cars are on fire and huge plumes of black smoke can be seen for miles. Emergency crews are urging people to stay inside and a code red alert has been sent out to residents in a two mile...
  • Study: Alcohol Can Boost Your Immune System

    12/26/2013 8:09:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 47 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 24, 2013 | NA
    ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – According to a new study, alcohol can boost your immune system. Researchers vaccinated animals and then gave them access to alcohol. Researchers found that the animals that had consumed alcohol also had faster responses to the vaccines.According to Medical News Today, the researchers hope this study leads to a better understanding of how the immune system works, and how to improve its ability to respond to vaccines and infections.Researchers were able to show other data to back their findings. According to UCR Today, moderate alcohol consumption has long been associated with a lower mortality rate.Moderate alcohol...
  • Sen. Grassley supports ethanol production despite negative claims

    12/20/2013 11:02:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    WQAD ^ | 11-13-13 | Katrina Lamansky,
    Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley sides with the Iowa Corn Growers Association as ethanol production came under fire. According to an investigation by the Associated Press, ethanol production puts added stress on the environment through erosion and fertilizer pollution. AP reported that “the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.” The Iowa Corn Growers Association disagreed, saying they have reduced fertilizer use and that plants have become more efficient in utilizing what they produce.
  • Abundant 2013 corn harvest boosts ethanol production

    12/13/2013 6:17:10 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | DECEMBER 13, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Expectations for a record corn harvest in 2013 have helped lower corn prices since this summer, improving ethanol production margins and spurring an increase in the supply of ethanol. During the 2012 corn-growing season, the United States experienced the most severe and far-reaching drought since the 1950s. By late August 2012, approximately 85% of the corn grown in the United States was located in a drought area, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) World Agricultural Outlook Board. A projected 2012 record crop of 14.8 billion bushels of corn dwindled to a final production level of 10.8 billion bushels by...
  • U.S. Senators introduce bill to eliminate corn ethanol mandate

    12/12/2013 12:56:09 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/12/2013 | Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 10 U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate, arguing that current law raises the cost of food and animal feed and damages the environment. The bill, introduced by Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat; Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican; and eight cosponsors, faces an uphill battle as many lawmakers from agricultural states support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)that dictates that rising volumes of ethanol made from grains, including corn, be blended into motor fuel. Feinstein said the bill supports development of advanced biofuels, including those from made from...
  • Ethanol Mandate: ‘Little More Than Soviet-style Production Quota’

    11/25/2013 3:27:29 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/25/2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision last week to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply for the first time is a welcome acknowledgment that the regulation was little more than a “Soviet-style production quota,” according to Marlo Lewis, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). “Like all central planning schemes, there comes a point where even the commissar has to admit that it’s just not working,” Lewis said in a statement.On Nov. 15, EPA announced that it “is proposing a cellulosic biofuel volume for 2014 that is below the applicable volume specified in...
  • Ethanol free gasoline disappearing fast

    11/16/2013 10:29:57 AM PST · by Signalman · 30 replies
    gasbuddy.com ^ | 8/5/2013 | Patrick DeHaan
    Motorists in several states are facing a perhaps harsh reality: they're about to see their ethanol free gasoline dry up. North and South Dakota, Iowa, and parts of Minnesota and Nebraska may soon see their precious ethanol free regular unleaded disappear as refiners face the rising requirement of using ethanol to blend in gasoline. According to InForum, this shift is already happening in North Dakota, where suppliers are moving away from offering non-ethanol regular 87-octane gasoline, thanks to the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The act requires blending more ethanol to gasoline over time, and as gasoline demand decreases, the...
  • For First Time, E.P.A. Proposes Reducing Ethanol Requirement for Gas Mix

    11/16/2013 2:38:55 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 15, 2013 | By Matthew L. Wald
    WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed reducing the amount of ethanol that is required to be mixed with the gasoline supply, the first time it has taken steps to slow down the drive to replace fossil fuels with renewable forms of energy. The move was expected, but it drew bitter complaints from advocates of ethanol, including some environmentalists, who see the corn-based fuel blend as a weapon to fight climate change. It was also unwelcome news to farmers, who noted that the decision came at a time when a record corn crop is expected, and the price...
  • The Secret Environmental Cost of US Ethanol Policy

    11/14/2013 6:35:18 AM PST · by Wuli · 31 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 11, 2013 | DINA CAPPIELLO and MATT APUZZO
    CORYDON, Iowa -- The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn't supposed to be this way. With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. And when President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons...
  • How Ethanol Has Hurt The Environment

    11/14/2013 3:48:21 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 36 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/14/13 | LD Jackson
    I am not a fan of ethanol. Because I work in the automotive industry, I have firsthand experience with the effects it has on engines, both small and large. You can read about those effects at this link. The effects I have written about before are all associated with the engines themselves. What I have not focused on before is the effect ethanol has on the environment. I was surprised to see an investigative report from the Associated Press earlier in the week that did just that. I just haven't had the time to write about it until now. When...
  • Obama's Ethanol Policies Have Scarred The Earth

    11/13/2013 4:01:11 PM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 13, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    After fomenting fears of fracking and fossil fuels, the administration's campaign to put food in our gas tanks has wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies. Ethanol was supposed to save the earth and pave the way to energy independence. It has done neither. We are getting closer to energy independence but it is thanks to the technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has unleashed our vast reserves of oil and natural gas formerly trapped in shale formations underneath much of the U.S. Fracking was supposed to be environmentally dangerous, a...
  • AP: Obama admin’s corn-ethanol policies are pretty terrible for the environment

    11/12/2013 8:56:54 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November12,2013 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    The AP sets it up pertinently, noting that the window just before the Iowa caucuses in 2007 seemed like a mighty fine time for President Obama to make corn ethanol a central part of his much-vaunted plans for combating climate change, but it’s all been downhill since the federal government started artificially incentivizing farmers to bring marginal lands into production, with a vengeance: But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today. As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions...
  • The secret, dirty cost of Obama's green power push

    11/12/2013 5:45:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    AP ^ | November 12, 2013 | DINA CAPPIELLO and MATT APUZZO
    "................... Even under the government's optimistic projections, the ethanol mandate wasn't going to reduce greenhouse gas right away. And with the model so far off from reality, independent scientists say it's hard to make an argument for ethanol as a global warming policy. "I'd have to think really hard to come up with a scenario where it's a net positive," said Silvia Secchi, a Southern Illinois University agriculture economist. She paused a few moments, then added, "I'm stumped." In June, when Obama gave a major policy speech on reducing greenhouse gas, he didn't mention ethanol. Biofuels in general received a...
  • Report: DOE Withheld Data on Bankrupt Green Energy Company

    11/05/2013 4:42:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/5/13 | Lachlan Markay
    The Department of Energy withheld troubling cost and performance data on a major stimulus award from a federal watchdog before the company servicing the award went bankrupt, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report focuses on the department’s handling of a pair of federal awards worth about $126 million for ECOtality, a San Francisco-based green energy company that declared bankruptcy in September. DOE’s inspector general, which authored Tuesday’s report, released an audit in July that expressed concerns about the department’s management of ECOtality’s $100 million stimulus award for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. The report revealed...
  • AAA asks feds to slash renewable fuel requirements

    10/29/2013 4:57:46 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 28, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    It’s time for the federal government to “put motorists first” by lowering renewable fuel requirements that could cause gas prices to climb, the automotive club AAA said Monday. So far, the debate surrounding the eight-year-old renewable fuel standard has been dominated by biofuel producers and the oil industry. But now, said AAA president Bob Darbelnet, “there is a real opportunity to put motorists first in what has been a very contentious disagreement between various industries.” “Gas and car maintenance costs are high enough as it is, and it would be a relief to know that the (renewable fuel standard) will...
  • Lawmakers seek truce with farm bill [but will conservatives make trouble?]

    10/20/2013 4:53:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2013 | Erik Wasson
    The $1 trillion farm bill will serve as the first test of how deeply the shutdown fight has damaged relations in Washington. Congress has made the legislation its first order of business as it pivots away from the battles over government funding and the debt ceiling. The leaders of the agriculture committees in Congress and K Street lobbyists are eager to put the finishing touches on the bill, which could get wrapped into a year-end budget deal that replaces automatic sequestration cuts. But some fear Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has vowed to complete the legislation, might be too wounded...
  • Study: Global warming could yield $11.6 trillion in increased crop production

    10/19/2013 9:35:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/19/2013 | Unknown
    Could global warming be a boon to farmers? A recent study found that rising carbon dioxide concentrations bestow an additional $11.6 trillion in benefits from crop production between now and 2050. The Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change found that while many studies focus on the costs of rising carbon emissions, few studies focused on whether or not more carbon in the atmosphere could be beneficial to society. In fact, the Obama administration recently raised its social-cost-of-carbon estimate from $21 per metric ton to $35 per metric ton to the ire of global warming skeptics and...
  • API to EPA: Expect suit if 2014 renewable fuel quotas are tardy

    10/18/2013 12:46:52 PM PDT · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 2 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | Oct. 17, 2013 | Nick Snow
    The American Petroleum Institute notified the US Environmental Protection Agency that it might sue if the federal environmental regulator fails to issue biomass-based diesel and renewable fuel requirements for 2014 on time. The federal Clean Air Act requires EPA set biomass-based diesel quotas no later than 14 months before the requirement would apply, Harry M. Ng, API’s vice-president and general counsel, said in an Oct. 17 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The statutory deadline for EPA to set that deadline for 2014 was Nov. 1, 2012, he noted.The CAA also mandates EPA set renewable fuel standards for the following...
  • I have a QUESTION...

    10/12/2013 7:45:54 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 44 replies
    12 Oct 2013 | US Navy Vet
    OK did this STUPID "Government" make a "rule" about Car Gas? At Sams Club(Council Bluffs, IA) I can ONLY find that Ethanol BS. My Subaru needs REAL Gas and I don't think that It can run on this Ethanol BS.
  • Klobuchar, Grassley call for antitrust investigation of Big Oil

    10/11/2013 3:55:29 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Ethanol Producer ^ | 8-21-13 | Erin Voegele
    Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have issued a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission asking for an investigation of anticompetitive practices by oil companies that limit consumer access to renewable fuels, specifically higher ethanol blends.
  • Analysis: Lawsuits likely as EPA declares US ethanol blend wall a 'reality'

    10/11/2013 5:47:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 11, 2013 | Cezary Podkul
    With two words, the U.S. environment regulator may be handing oil refiners the biggest win of a long battle to beat back the seemingly inexorable rise of ethanol fuel. In a leaked proposal that would significantly scale back biofuel blending requirements next year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the blend wall - the 10 percent threshold of ethanol-mixed gasoline that is at the crux of the lobbying war - is an "important reality". The agency's rationale for a cut in the volume of ethanol that must be blended echoes an argument the oil industry has been making for...
  • Fallacious Claims Prop Up Ethanol

    10/06/2013 8:55:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2013 | Paul Driessen
    Arguments put forward to support ethanol and other biofuels hold water like sieves – leaking billions of gallons of precious fresh water that are required to produce this expensive, unsustainable energy. These and other renewable energy programs may have originated for the best of intentions. However, the assumptions underlying those intentions are questionable, at best. Many are rooted in anti-hydrocarbon worldviews and Club of Rome strategies that raised the specter of “looming disasters” like resource depletion and catastrophic manmade global warming, in which the “real enemy” is “humanity itself.” They also underscore how hard it is to alter policies and...
  • Government Shutdown to Delay EPA $1 Gallon Gas Price Hike

    10/01/2013 10:47:49 PM PDT · by RC one · 17 replies
    FrontPage ^ | October 1, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    As the death toll for Government Shutdown Apocalypse 2013 continues to grow, it appears that the EPA’s plans to make it even more expensive for Americans to drive a car were “shut down” by the government shutdown.Just think of how much less the EPA will be able to do with only 7 percent of its employees. That EPA SWAT Team may have to sit out the week. Someone else will have to send $700,000 to Thailand’s pig farmers. And someone else will have to hike fuel prices.
  • Behind the Ethanol Scandal

    09/18/2013 5:57:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 35 replies
    The Street ^ | 09/17/13 | Dana Blankenhorn
    Something about this decade's economic assumptions has never made sense to me. The idea that you can anticipate a high and rising price for fuel, regardless of demand, never made sense to me. What I was taught in economics class was that demand encouraged supply, and at some point the two would balance. That's what seems to be happening. Shale oil, shale gas, and new strikes around the world are dramatically increasing gas supplies and proven reserves, to the point where one-third of natural gas being pumped in North Dakota's Bakken is being flared, burned away, $100 million in gas...
  • Same Moonshine, Different Name: Welcome To The Age Of Cellulosic Ethanol

    09/15/2013 7:29:32 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 33 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 23, 2013 Issue | Christopher Helman
    A Dutch company and an American ethanol producer hope to put a new kind of fuel in your gas tank — whether it makes economic sense or not. Thanks, Washington. Amid the cornfields of Emmetsburg, Iowa sits an ethanol plant that takes in 20 million bushels of corn and churns out about 55 million gallons of corn ethanol a year. Rising next to it is a revolutionary new facility. It will make ethanol as well, but instead of using juicy kernels of corn, its feedstock will be 285,000 tons a year of corncobs, leaves and husks. Although its 25 million...
  • Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices Spike

    09/15/2013 5:26:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 14, 2013 | GRETCHEN MORGENSON and ROBERT GEBELOFF
    It was supposed to help clean the air, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster agriculture. But a little known market in ethanol credits has also become a hot new game on Wall Street. The federal government created the market in special credits tied to ethanol eight years ago when it required refiners to mix ethanol into gasoline or buy credits from companies that do so. The idea was to push refiners to use the cleaner, renewable fuel, or force them to buy the credits. A few worried that Wall Street would set out to exploit this young market, fears...