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  • Farmers Hit Hard As Trump Backs Big Oil

    04/04/2018 2:48:40 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 68 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-04-2018 | hoi
    The Trump administration seems to be leaning towards allying with the oil refining industry in its fight against Big Corn and federal rules requiring the use of corn ethanol. Reuters reports that the U.S. EPA apparently granted an exemption to Andeavor, a large oil refiner, from having to comply with blending requirements as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) last month. The RFS requires refiners to blend biofuels, such as corn ethanol, into their refined fuels. If they canít or find it too costly, they are required to purchase credits. The law dates back to 2007 under the George...
  • Exclusive: Trump weighs dropping personal efforts on biofuel reform - sources

    03/29/2018 10:24:14 PM PDT · by blueplum · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 29 Mar 2018 | Jarrett Renshaw
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is seriously considering abandoning efforts to remake the nationís biofuel laws after wading deep into an issue that divides some of his core constituencies, according to three sources familiar with the administrationís thinking. Advisers have urged Trump to instead let Congress tackle the biofuel reforms, but use the threat of administrative action to help rival lawmakers come together and solve the intractable issue. The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has created reliable demand for corn farmers in the nationís heartland, but merchant refiners like Valero Energy Corp say the costs to comply with...
  • Trump calls meeting with Cabinet officials on biofuels policy: reports

    02/27/2018 1:47:17 AM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/23/18 | Timothy Cama
    President Trump is organizing White House meetings with Cabinet officials about a federal biofuel mandate that a major refiner blamed for its bankruptcy, Bloomberg and Reuters report. The first meeting on potential changes to the Environmental Protection Agencyís (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will be Friday with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Bloomberg said. Trump will then meet Tuesday with those Cabinet officials and a handful of senators from both oil- and corn-heavy states who care about the policy, both news outlets report. The meetings come weeks after Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), the largest fuel refiner...
  • Ted Cruzís War On Ethanol Takes Him To Philly

    02/22/2018 12:10:43 PM PST · by Rio · 18 replies
    Chem.info ^ | 2/22/2018 | Catherine Sbeglia
    As part of his ongoing war against the ethanol industry, Senator Ted Cruz traveled to Philadelphia this week to meet with oil refinery workers who claim to be facing layoffs and financial ruin due to the federal mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The now-bankrupt refinery, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, has argued that the cause of its financial problems are renewable identification numbers, or RINs, federal credits that refineries must purchase if they are unable to blend ethanol with gasoline as federal law requires. Credit prices fluctuate and in the past year, have risen from a few cents to nearly $1.40 apiece....
  • Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

    01/17/2018 2:17:34 PM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | January 16, 2018 | Dan Charles
    This year, trucks and other heavy-duty motors in America will burn some 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel that was made from soybean oil. They're doing it, though, not because it's cheaper or better, but because they're required to, by law. The law is the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. For some, especially Midwestern farmers, it's the key to creating clean energy from American soil and sun. For others ó like many economists ó it's a wasteful misuse of resources.
  • 'A Proud Moment for Farm Bureau'...President Trump to speak....

    01/06/2018 7:30:52 AM PST · by caww · 15 replies
    https://www.fb.org/viewpoints/a-proud-moment-for-farm-bureau ^ | Jan. 3. 2018 | Zippy Duvall President FB
    President Trump will be joining us at our annual convention in Nashville and speaking to the thousands of farmers and ranchers gathered there. The Presidentís attendance, the 'first for a U.S. president in more than 20 years,' is recognition that Farm Bureau members play a vital role: providing food, fiber and energy cropsóand the additional jobs they supportófor our country. We look forward to hearing the Presidentís remarks about issues that are important to farmersí and ranchersí bottom lines...
  • The great rethink of ethanol

    12/19/2017 8:58:28 AM PST · by george76 · 90 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 19, 2017 | Wayne Allard
    For the first time in years, there is an emerging consensus that the biggest racket in national politics deserves to end. Earlier this month, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and 10 other Republican senators held a luncheon summit at the White House with President Trump with the goal of drastically reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal mandate that annually funnels $13.5 billion from the wallets of American fuel and food consumers into the coffers of agribusiness giants. Before the national nightmare of Obamacare, there was the RFS, the most sweeping and intrusive federal intervention in the American economy undertaken in...
  • GOP Lawmakers Confront Trump Over EPAís Unworkable Biofuels Mandate

    12/07/2017 9:17:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 7, 2017 | Chris White
    President Donald Trump will meet with a group of Republican lawmakers Thursday to discuss ways of addressing problems oil refiners have with the EPAís biofuels mandate. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is among nearly a dozen Republican lawmakers prepared to confront Trump over his administrationís refusal to ratchet down the biofuel standard. They want to find a way to lessen the impact the standards have on oil refiners. ďPresident Trump will meet with senators today to discuss his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and how to effectively address the programís impact on independent refiners,Ē White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said...
  • Trump Bends The Knee To King Corn

    10/20/2017 9:32:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 19, 2017 | Investor's Business Daily
    Corny Capitalism: This is one campaign promise we wish President Trump would break. But alas, he just told his EPA to give up any thought of cutting back on the federal government's anti-consumer, anti-environment ethanol mandate. Sad. The story begins in 2005, when President Bush approved the Renewable Fuel Standard program as part of an energy bill, which required oil refiners to blend in predetermined amounts of "biofuels" into their gasoline, starting at 4 billion gallons in 2006. A revised version of the RFS, which Bush signed in 2007, expanding the program, requiring ethanol levels to climb steadily to 36...
  • How The Ethanol Mandate Is Killing The American Prairie

    04/14/2017 12:54:16 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/13/2017 | William F Shughart II
    America's long war on fossil fuels is destroying the famed American prairie. According to a report by the Organic Consumers Association, 95% of the 240 million acres of prairie land that once blanketed the middle of our country, from Texas to North Dakota, already is gone. Only isolated pockets of prairie tall grass, some 35 million acres set aside for soil and wildlife conservation, remain. And that ó largely in the Great Plains ó is at risk of being destroyed. Among the factors most responsible for this tragic loss of our prairie heritage is the federal renewable fuel standard, a...
  • Biofuel Madness: Another Disastrous Impact of Global Warming Deception

    02/28/2017 3:01:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    warrsupwiththat? ^ | February 28, 2017 | Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball
    Guest opinion: Dr. Tim BallThere are many deadly and disastrous stories associated with the deception that human CO2 is causing global warming. Some are more obscure than others, but no less deadly in the unnecessary damage and destruction they caused. One was the myth of what was called ¬ďArab Spring.¬Ē It never occurred, but what happened was a result of ¬Ďgreen¬í policies based on non-existence science. Unintended consequences are the inevitable result of actions and must not be used to inhibit action and progress. However, there is a difference if the objective was based on evidence and provides benefits or...
  • In The Future, Avocado Pits Could Be Used As Eco-Friendly Fuel

    12/17/2016 12:45:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    Konbini ^ | 12/15/16 | Sirine Azouaoui
    Avocados have never been more prolific: on toast, with eggs, in sandwiches, on salads, and, of course, guacamole. In the past few years the avocado has been crowned the king of fruit. In addition to our ruinous ecological impact overall, it seems weíre also wasting a large portion of the fruit (26% according to studies): the skin and the pit. The pit of the avocado doesnít provide any nutrition, but scientists have discovered that it could be the perfect fuel. The Universities of Cůrdoba and AlmerŪa recently conducted a study on the pit, which has historically been difficult to recycle....
  • Biofuels turn out to be a climate mistake -- here's why

    10/06/2016 7:35:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    UPI ^ | 05 October 2016 | John DeCicco
    Ever since the 1973 oil embargo, U.S. energy policy has sought to replace petroleum-based transportation fuels with alternatives. One prominent option is using biofuels, such as ethanol, in place of gasoline and biodiesel instead of ordinary diesel. Transportation generates one-fourth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, so addressing this sector's impact is crucial for climate protection. Many scientists view biofuels as inherently carbon-neutral: They assume the carbon dioxide (CO2) plants absorb from the air as they grow completely offsets, or "neutralizes," the CO2 emitted when fuels made from plants burn. Many years of computer modeling based on this assumption, including work...
  • Corn: The Environmental Impact Statement

    08/28/2016 5:36:30 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 17 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-28-2016 | MOTUS
    Is it possible the environmentalists have been praying at the wrong altar? Is it possible that corn Ė as a fuel - is a worse pollutant than (gasp!) oil?† Well, yes, apparently: Despite their purported advantages, biofuels ó created from crops such as corn or soybeans ó cause more emissions of climate change-causing carbon dioxide than gasoline, according to the study from U-M Energy Institute research professor John DeCicco. The multi-billion-dollar U.S. biofuels industry ó promoted and expanded for more than a decade by the federal government ó [ed. read ďsubsidiesĒ] may be built on a false assumption, according to...
  • No **** Sherlock: Renewable Energy is a Disaster, New York Times Reveals

    07/20/2016 8:14:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/20/2016 | James Delingpole
    Todayís ďNo Shit SherlockĒ award goes to the New York TimesĎs environment pages for their belated discovery that renewable energy is a lame duck. Is the global effort to combat climate change, painstakingly agreed to in Paris seven months ago, already going off the rails? Germany, Europeís champion for renewable energy, seems to be having second thoughts about its ambitious push to ramp up its use of renewable fuels for power generation. Hoping to slow the burst of new renewable energy on its grid, the country eliminated an open-ended subsidy for solar and wind power and put a ceiling on...
  • Running on Empty

    01/27/2016 6:08:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2016 | John Stossell
    Cars run on fuel. Politicians run on votes, and they'll do almost anything to get them. That includes supporting mandates that force us to use ethanol, a fuel made from corn that Iowa farmers grow. They support ethanol because Iowa is the first state to vote on presidential candidates. Candidates want to look strong at the start of the race, so every four years they become enthusiastic ethanol supporters. Even those who claim they believe in markets pander to Iowa's special interests. Donald Trump, who doesn't seem to have a consistent political philosophy aside from bashing critics and foreigners, now...
  • US navy launches first biofuel-powered aircraft carriers

    01/21/2016 12:30:20 PM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 21, 2016
    The US navy on Wednesday launched its first carrier strike group powered partly by biofuel a mix made from beef fat, calling it a milestone toward easing the military's reliance on foreign oil. The maritime branch touted the warships as the centrepiece of its "Great Green Fleet" part of a navy-wide initiative that aims to draw 50% of its power from alternative energy in four years.
  • Algae Alimony: Obama donors stand to profit from presidentís latest green energy fixation

    03/20/2012 7:56:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/20/12 | ndrew Stiles -
    President Obamaís most recent green energy fixationóalgaeómay suffer from the accusations of cronyism that have plagued his broader effort to promote non-fossil fuel energy sources through massive federal subsidies. Solazyme, a San Francisco-based firm that specializes in the plant matter, has received more than $25 million in federal grants and contracts as part of Obama administrationís controversial stimulus package, and is poised to receive millions more as part of the presidentís recent efforts to promote green biofuels such as algae. The firm employs a former member of the Obama-Biden transition team who, according to one online bio, ďplayed a key...
  • U.S. Navy‚Äôs ‚ÄėGreat Green Fleet‚Äô Gets Underway Using Biofuels

    01/20/2016 9:01:20 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 20, 2016 | David Alexander
    The U.S. Navy will formally deploy its so-called ‚ÄúGreat Green Fleet‚ÄĚ on Wednesday, sending warships to sea on biofuels even though oil prices have dropped 70 percent since congressional Republicans first criticized the high cost of alternative fuels.
  • Smart power: Pentagon ordered to take action on climate change {Biofuel carrier strike group]

    01/20/2016 3:11:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/20/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Clearly human driven climate change and anthropogenic global warming can not be defeated through political action alone. A challenge this monumental will call for more strident measures. With that in mind, the Obama administration has apparently decided to bring in the big guns‚Ķ literally. The Pentagon has been ordered to ‚Äúaddress climate change.‚ÄĚ (Free Beacon) A new directive issued by Pentagon leaders mandates that the agency work to "assess and manage risks associated with the impacts of climate change," according to a copy of the Jan. 14 directive issued by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work.As the Obama administration...