Reuters Reports Philly RFS Connection

In Biofuels, Ethanol, Policy by Cindy

A story out today from Reuters claims that a major airline and a private equity firm with Philadelphia oil refinery connections are the main forces behind the Obama administration proposal to lower volume requirements for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this year. According to the article, it was The Carlyle Group and Delta Air Lines, owners of two …

Follow the Anti-RFS Money

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, Video by Cindy

Is anyone really surprised to learn that Saudi oil money is helping to fund the effort by the American Petroleum Institute (API) to get rid of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)? As if we needed proof, Americans United for Change and VoteVets.org revealed IRS documents this week showing that is the case. According to tax documents, Saudi Arabia has been …

Economic Impact of Ethanol is Personal

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol by Cindy

A new study out from the Fuels America coalition shows that the industry supports more than 850,000 American jobs and drives $184.5 billion of economic output. It also is responsible for $46.2 billion in wages and generates $14.5 billion in tax revenue each year. But numbers are impersonal and fail to show the real personal impact of what ethanol production …

Forbes Fuzzy Math

In Biofuels, Conservation, Environmental, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel by Cathryn

Forbes proved that by carefully presenting numbers in a persuasively plotted manner one can confuse a reader this weekend in its story “It’s Final – Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use”. Referencing the recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group reports released at the end of last month, energy writer James Conca conca-cocted a seemingly sensible argument. …

Energy Independence No Greased Pig Fantasy

In Activism, American Ethanol, Biofuels, Current News, Environmental, Ethanol, Farming, government, Sustainability, Trade by Mark

There is an old saying…”make hay while the sun is shining.” Dating back to at least 1546 this traditional farmer logic translates into grab opportunity while you can. This has never been truer regarding the nation’s energy situation. A new report by the Energy Information Administration makes that abundantly clear. EIA says the greased pig fantasy of energy independence in …

Corn Farmers March for Biofuels in the Beltway

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, government by Cindy

There were over 25 battalions of ethanol troops on Capitol Hill last week as part of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) sixth annual Biofuels Beltway March ACE president Ron Alverson, a South Dakota farmer and board member for Dakota Ethanol, says the teams had appointments with the offices of more than 130 senators and representatives, and he thought they …

The Future’s so Bright…

In Audio, Biofuels, Biotechnology, Commodity Classic, Conservation, Ethanol by Cindy

Martin’s got to wear shades. That was National Corn Growers Association president Martin Barbre looking like a rock star at the final Corn Congress session of Commodity Classic. Not by choice, he actually broke his regular glasses the night before and had to wear his prescription shades to read. But, Martin really does think the future is bright for corn …

CARB Serves Up Murky Alphabet Soup

In Biofuels, Ethanol, government by Cindy

The iLUC analysis by CARB for the LCFS was based, in part, on EWG recommendations and included GTAP, AEZ-EF, and GREET models, input from EPA and USDA, consideration of RFS2, and also looked at contribution of DDGS and significance of YPE. Watching a webcast of a California Air Resources Board (CARB) workshop this past week detailing preliminary staff results on …

Missouri to Make States with E15 Availability a Baker’s Dozen within Months

In Biofuels, Ethanol by Cathryn

This summer, Missouri drivers could be saving money as E15 provides a new option at gas pumps across the state. This action, which would ease the pain of rising gas prices and bring money back to rural America, now awaits publication by the Missouri Department of Agriculture of the proposed rule which would provide Missouri drivers with this environmentally, economically …