Ethanol…Pinata or Juggernaut?

In Current News, E85, Environmental by Mark

For years ethanol opponents have beaten on the fuel like a piñata but a funny thing keeps happening…it survives and after each attack the fuel’s reputation grows as does its market. Ethanol’s reputation grows because the fuel is getting greener. Each new look shows increases in production efficiencies, less water and energy use, more gallons per bushel of corn and …

E85 Comes Out on Top in High Tech Competition

In Current News, E85, Education, Environmental, Ethanol, General by Mark

Automotive designers and race car mechanics and engineers from around the world ended their quest to create a 100 + mile-per-gallon vehicle today with an interesting development; the winner was powered by ethanol, E85 to be exact.  While many of the competitors chose to pursue the electric-battery option it was corn squeezings that ruled the day. However, it is worth …

California Dreaming, Part 2

In Current News, E85, Ethanol by Ken

As a more upbeat follow-up to our last discussion of ethanol in the Golden State, there is this news item about how ethanol and biodiesel availability is expanding in California. OAKLAND, CA–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) –  At a grand opening event today at the Bay Area’s newest renewable fuel station, California Energy Commissioner Anthony Eggert, Director of California Governor …

The Absurdity of Petroleum

In E85, Energy Bill, Ethanol, Politics by Mark

Is there a full moon out or what? In my normal course of scanning news, web sites and blogs for information I discovered a veritable trifecta of absurdity regarding petroleum the other day. My favorite article had to be about a new study arguing that eliminating federal tax deductions for intangible drilling costs and for US oil and gas production …

This Summer Discover Ethanol

In E85, Ethanol, General, Transportation by Mark

We are officially in the dog days of summer and as such many people are vacationing and that often means lots of driving and time with family. With all the exposure to gas stations you may have noticed the word ethanol on pumps. It is pretty much everywhere these days as a 10% blend in gasoline and it is increasingly …

All Cars Should be Omnivores

In E85, Ethanol, General, government by Ken

This past weekend the family and I drove about 1200 miles, leaving the St. Louis area to visit family in Lake Zurich, Ill., and then driving down to Ft. Campbell in Kentucky to drop our son off at his barracks. Then back home. About 1200 miles in all, the vast majority in Illinois, where the corn was growing tall and …

Ethanol Supporters Should Be Outraged Over IEA Sleight Of Hand

In Activism, Current News, E85, Energy Bill, Environmental, Ethanol, government, International, Policy by Mark

Apparently, last week’s International Energy Agency (IEA) numbers regarding future oil supplies were fudged to protect the innocent or at least our frail economic recovery. According to a whistleblower who whispered in the ear of The Guardian, the world is much closer to running out of oil that we think.  So, what is to be gained or lost by such …

Wisconsin Corn Puts on the Green

In E85, Ethanol, Events, State Groups by Cindy

Wisconsin’s corn ethanol industry is putting on the green and walking for clean air at Milwaukee’s annual Lung Walk October 4 at the Milwaukee County Zoo and is offering free Green Team T-shirts to everyone who joins them. “The Lung Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo is a great family event for a worthwhile cause that calls attention to the …

Ethanol Center Stage at Sturgis

In E85, Ethanol, Events by Mark

  Thousands of Harley motorcycle riders from across the nation got an education on corn-based ethanol last week as Robert White and other representatives of the Renewable Fuels Association participated in the popular event known as Sturgis. The effort to reach out to small engine and motorcycle enthusiasts about ethanol proved wildly successful with an estimated 500,000 consumers touched by …

Energy Jeopardy Continues: And the Answer is Ethanol!

In E85, Ethanol, General by Mark

 If you are looking for yet another reason why U.S. consumers should demand more aggressive action on the development of domestic fuels like ethanol it came out today with energy news from Texas. Once a huge contributor to the nation’s energy needs, its contributions are in decline. In fact, the drilling rig count in Texas is down to 329 from …