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  • Rising Corn Prices and Your Grocery Bill.(Yet our govt keeps subsidizing at high cost)

    07/19/2012 3:25:27 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    smart money ^ | 7/18/12 | j hough
    Corn prices are nearing the record highs of last summer as the U.S. Midwest suffers its worst drought since 1956. Shoppers should expect higher grocery bills, because corn is used in three-quarters of supermarket products. But don’t panic. Overall cost hikes are likely to be modest. “A 50% increase in the price of corn tends to raise total shopping bills by about 1%,” says Ricky Volpe, a research economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Corn’s price has jumped 45% this summer. Of course, even a modest increase to shopping bills is unwelcome news for households on tight budgets. Strange...
  • Iraq crude production overtakes Iran as OPEC trims output

    07/11/2012 9:29:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 11, 2012 | Bloomberg
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  • Carnivores - git yur knives, forks, and freezers ready!!

    07/09/2012 5:38:51 PM PDT · by djf · 36 replies
    I've seen two reports today that talked about the weather over the midwest and the corn. The corn crop just about nationwide is a dismal failure due to droughts and prices are expected to climb by at least fifty percent. For many products that use corn, that means BUY IT NOW! Sadly, there is another outcome, farmers were interviewed and for them it means one thing - they can't feed their stock, so they end up going to the slaughterhouse. So soon, there will be a glut of meat on the market, expect prices to plummet (before they rise almost...
  • Report casts doubt on E15 use in cars & trucks {Extra Ethanol in Gasoline}

    05/16/2012 10:42:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 90 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 16, 2012 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Automakers and the oil industry released a report today that casts doubt on the safety of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol and shows that at least some engines running the fuel suffered damage during recent testing. But ethanol backers and the Obama administration immediately countered that the study was fundamentally flawed, because it used engines with known durability issues” and didn’t include control group testing of the 10 percent ethanol blend that is now the standard at filling stations nationwide. The dispute is the latest round in a long-running fight over the 15 percent ethanol fuel blend known as E15....
  • Ethanol Boom Helps Cut $31 Billion From Farm Subsidies

    01/24/2007 12:59:25 PM PST · by kellynla · 61 replies · 916+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Jan. 24, 2007 | staff
    WASHINGTON -- The fuel ethanol boom and high crop prices will cut U.S. farm subsidy spending by $31 billion through 2016, a dramatic drop in the cost of the farm program, the Congressional Budget Office said on Wednesday. In a semiannual report, CBO estimated farm subsidies would cost $10 billion this year and the annual cost "will range between $8 billion and $10 billion over the next decade." The forecasts are expected to constrain this year's overhaul of farm policy by Congress. The 2002 farm law, which allocates about $20 billion a year on farm supports, expires in the fall....
  • High Demand Causes Surge in Corn Prices (ethanol/energy-related)

    01/12/2007 6:47:18 AM PST · by xzins · 55 replies · 938+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 12 Jan 07 | Libby Quaid
    High Demand Causes Surge in Corn Prices By LIBBY QUAID ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) - Ethanol plants and foreign buyers are gobbling the nation's corn supplies, pushing prices as high as $3.40 a bushel, the Agriculture Department said Friday. Farmers haven't seen prices this high for more than a decade. The monthly crop report forecast even better prices than in December, raising the estimate 10 cents to $3 to $3.40 a bushel. Robust prices have made corn more expensive for livestock feed and as food for people. But a drop-off in those uses was more than offset by growing demand...
  • Newt Gingrich says he's dropping out 'about' May 2 and endorsing Romney [VIDEO]

    04/29/2012 3:29:52 PM PDT · by Innovative · 213 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/29/2012 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told The Daily Caller in a video interview that he is dropping out of the Republican presidential race 'probably about Wednesday' May 2 and endorsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Gingrich, alongside his wife Callista, said the GOP's message in the general election should be, "Can you afford four more years like this? Not complicated. Do you want this much unemployment, this high a gasoline price, this much deficit spending? You have a great president but if you don't want this, you better vote for somebody new."
  • How A Dumb Law Blocks A Great Way To Fuel America

    04/09/2012 5:33:26 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/03/2012 | Christopher Helman
    Steven Sterin thinks he has a better way. As president of the advanced fuels division at Dallas-based chemicals company Celanese, he’s supervising construction of two new plants—one in Texas, the other in China—to make ethanol. But you won’t see any vats fermenting corn here. Celanese makes its ethanol by tearing apart and recombining the hydrocarbons found in plentiful natural gas or coal. ..... The problem isn’t science. It’s Washington. Thanks to the 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard law, gasoline refiners are mandated to blend so much plant-based or renewable ethanol into the gas supply that it prevents Celanese or any other...
  • 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,...
  • Wall Street Journal rips Newt Gingrich for defending ethanol subsidies

    02/01/2011 9:02:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/01/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Newt Gingrich has been touring Iowa lately, attempting to generate interest in a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, and he’s been going the traditional route of defending farm subsidies, especially for ethanol. Gingrich blasted the media for its skeptical approach to ethanol subsidies, especially the Wall Street Journal, saying that “big urban newspapers want to kill it because it’s working,” and then questioned the WSJ’s values. The editors have responded in an unsigned editorial titled “Professor Cornpone,” and they give Gingrich both barrels: Here’s how he put in Des Moines, with that special Gingrich nuance: “The morning that...
  • Newt Answers Critics Over Ethanol Comments (Still fails to address issue raised by critics)

    02/05/2011 7:55:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Newt Gingrich got himself in a bit of hot water in some conservative circles recently with his support of Ethanol subsidies. It drew the scorn of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, who implied that the former speaker might have more than a passing financial interest in propping up King Corn. On Thursday Newt took to the “letters” pages of the WSJ to fire back. In the interest of fairness, we should allow him to make his case. Second, I am not a lobbyist for ethanol, not for anyone. My support of increased domestic energy production of all forms, including...
  • Ethanol Subsidies, Newt Gingrich, and the 2012 Election

    02/06/2011 9:12:07 PM PST · by Freemarkets101 · 22 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 2/6/2011 | Brian Koenig
    With the 2012 presidential election already on presidential aspirants’ front doorstep, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is hiking the campaign trail, stomping the path of ethanol subsidies. Last Tuesday, the former Speaker visited the Renewable Fuels Association summit in Des Moines, touting the praises of ethanol and its progressive impact on the environment. He then tenderized the farm industry saying, “We have had a problem of farm income back to the 1890s and 1880s [and] the fact is that every time the farmers start to do well someone starts to attack them.” A battle between Gingrich and the Wall Street...
  • End the Ethanol Insanity

    Ethanol damages engines and is not a viable alternative to fossil fuels, but farmers and lobbyists don't want you to know that
  • E.P.A. Approves More Ethanol in Auto Fuel (Get ready to see your mechanic and void warranties)

    01/21/2011 11:38:03 AM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    ny times ^ | 1/22/2011 | By MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that cars and light trucks in the 2001 model year and later could safely use a blend of 15 percent ethanol mixed with gasoline, up from the 10 percent standard now in much of the country. The decision means that about 62 percent of all vehicles can now use the fuel. But the practical impact of the announcement on the fuel blend, known as E15, was not clear. An announcement in October that cars in the 2007 model year and later could use the blend has so far had little impact on retailers or...
  • Ethanol's ROI not just bad for MPG's

    01/22/2011 11:41:24 AM PST · by WriteStuff · 8 replies
    Across the Back Fence ^ | 1/22/2011 | Todd Fitchette
    Corn belongs on the dinner plate, not in the gas tank. America’s food and energy policies are severely twisted. How else can you explain the fact that America refuses to mine its own energy sources, choosing instead to import most of our oil, while arguing that to meet our needs for something to power our cars and trucks, we ought instead to simply use a food staple used the world over?
  • Professor Cornpone [Newt the Ethanol Lover]

    01/31/2011 7:54:17 AM PST · by freespirited · 21 replies
    WSJ ^ | 01/31/11
    The last time these columns were lambasted by a presidential candidate in Iowa, he was Democrat Richard Gephardt and the year was 1988. The Missouri populist won the state caucuses in part on the rallying cry that "we've got to stop listening to the editorial writers and the establishment," especially about ethanol and trade. Imagine our amusement to find Republican Newt Gingrich joining such company. 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...
  • America and the Middle East Food Riots

    02/01/2011 5:02:55 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 31, 2011 | Steve McCann
    --snip--Today there is a global food shortage and skyrocketing prices. This has become the underlying factor in the riots in Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt, where up to 56% of a person's income is dedicated to the acquisition of food. These riots are now leading to the upheaval of governments and the very real possibility of the ascendancy of the radical elements into control...
  • Siphoning Off Corn to Fuel Our Cars

    02/01/2011 9:14:11 PM PST · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | Steven Mufson
    "Two hundred years ago, this was prairie covered with six-foot-high switchgrass. Winnebago Indians lived here, and then white settlers … Now 50 wind turbines that were erected over the winter and the (VeraSun) ethanol plant, have brought new energy to a town that long lived off the ground God created with glaciers, and laid down here."
  • Food Riots: Is Bernanke Partially to Blame?

    01/30/2011 2:57:50 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 44 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 28,2011 | Larry Kudlow
    <p>As we know, massive popular unrest has broken out against autocratic governments in North Africa and the Arab world. Egypt is the biggest story. But to varying degrees, the people have taken to the streets in Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Yemen.</p>
  • Have Bernanke And Ethanol Sunk Egypt? The People Cannot Afford To Buy Bread

    02/01/2011 5:03:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    IDB Editorials ^ | February 1, 2011 | LAWRENCE KUDLOW
    Decades of autocratic government and a lack of free elections are, of course, the main drivers of the political upheaval in Egypt. But did the sinking dollar and skyrocketing food prices trigger the massive unrest now occurring in Egypt — or the greater Arab world for that matter? In addition to Egypt, the people have taken to the streets to varying degrees in Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Yemen. Local food riots have even broken out in rural China and other Asian locales. While the mainstream media focus on the political aspects of this turmoil, they are overlooking the impact...
  • Ethanol Subsidies, Newt Gingrich, and 2012 Election

    02/06/2011 8:54:39 PM PST · by Freemarkets101 · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 2/6/2011 | Brian Koenig
    With the 2012 presidential election already on presidential aspirants' front doorstep, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is hiking the campaign trail, stomping the path of ethanol subsidies. Last Tuesday, the former Speaker visited the Renewable Fuels Association summit in Des Moines, touting the praises of ethanol and its progressive impact on the environment. He then tenderized the farm industry saying, “We have had a problem of farm income back to the 1890s and 1880s [and] the fact is that every time the farmers start to do well someone starts to attack them.” A battle between Gingrich and the Wall Street...
  • Ethanol pumps big problems for small engines

    02/07/2011 10:53:54 AM PST · by thackney · 99 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | 2/7/11 | Associated Press
    ...and he filled tanks feeding the boat’s 200 horsepower Mercury engine with gas that had been blended with 10 percent ethanol. “I heard a station in Greenville had straight gas, but I just took it to the next one I could find. Within 10 minutes, my engine started failing,” Gray said. “(The ethanol) had crystallized and crumbled and had clogged my fuel line, and I had to tear out all of the fuel system.” Gray saved hundreds of dollars by repairing it himself, but his troubles with the motor are nothing new to marine shop owners, lawn mower mechanics and...
  • Bernanke and Ethanol Sink Egypt

    02/07/2011 3:25:31 PM PST · by FromLori · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/4/2011 | Larry Kudlow
    Decades of autocratic government and a lack of free elections are, of course, the main drivers of the political upheaval in Egypt. But did the sinking dollar and skyrocketing food prices trigger the massive unrest now occurring in Egypt — or the greater Arab world for that matter? In addition to Egypt, the people have taken to the streets to varying degrees in Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Yemen. Local food riots have even broken out in rural China and other Asian locales. While the mainstream media focuses on the political aspects of this turmoil, they are overlooking the impact...
  • MBTA Says No To Democrat Delegation's Request For Free Commute During Boston Convention Quagmire

    05/28/2004 5:11:57 PM PDT · by nwrep · 47 replies · 96+ views
    AP ^ | May 28, 2004
    BOSTON -- The head of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority quickly rejected a request by the state's congressional delegation to provide free subway service during the Democratic National Convention. U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and the state's 10 congressmen -- all Democrats -- made the request in a letter sent Friday to MBTA general manager Michael Mulhern and Boston 2004 president David Passafaro, asking them to make subways free in downtown Boston during the four-day convention in July. Mulhern said he was "very disappointed" in the request. "It's indicative of the lack of appreciation or understanding of how significant a financial...