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 …

Little is Sweet About Sugar Cane Ethanol

In Current News, Energy Bill, Environmental, Ethanol, General, International, Land Use, Politics by Mark

A recent study attempted to make the case that if the U.S. government allowed the ethanol tax credit to expire it would have very few adverse consequences for the U.S. industry. The fact the study was funded by the Brazilian sugarcane ethanol industry was dutifully avoided. Anti-ethanol folks, who have been receiving a lot of attention on this blog of …

Give Me Corn Ethanol or Give Me…?

In Blogroll, Current News, Energy Bill, Environmental, Ethanol, General, Land Use, Policy, Politics by Mark

 Dear New York Times…Your editorial today regarding corn-based ethanol is superficial, either uninformed or malicious, and a disservice to the citizens of this nation looking for real energy solutions we can implement today. Before addressing some of the onerous points in your piece, please take a look at the attached photo. This is not from the BP spill in the …

The Anti-Ethanol Circus is in Town!

In Activism, Blogroll, Energy Bill, Environmental, Ethanol, Farming, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel, government, mediawatch, Policy, Politics by Mark

My brother-in-law recently asked me why ethanol had a great reputation for two decades and suddenly seems to be getting pounded constantly, especially in editorial/opinion pages by the media.  He doesn’t have a farming background and isn’t invested in the ethanol industry so he is a neutral and somewhat uninformed observer. He is also one of the busiest guys I …

Oil Dependence Has An Enormous Price Tag!

In Energy Bill, Ethanol by Mark

  Is ethanol our energy savior or is it the biggest scam of the decade? Is it just plain smarter than drilling two miles down in the Gulf of Mexico or do we just have our heads stuck in the tar sands hoping it will all just go away? Michael Vaughan, who hosts a Canadian TV show called Car/Business tackles …

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 …

Climate Change Bill Option

In Energy Bill, government by Cindy

A new climate change bill was introduced this week – but is it any better than the first one? Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) debuted the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act,” an 821-page bill designed to “create clean energy jobs, reduce pollution, and protect American security by enhancing domestic energy production and combating global climate …

High Oil Prices Drive Need For Alternative Fuels Expansion

In Current News, Energy Bill, Ethanol, government, International, Outlook by Mark

An American Petroleum Institute publication out this week contains two unrelated but ironically intertwined stories. The first – an opinion piece from the Washington Post casts a stone at the U.S. Department of Energy, taking them to task for funding programs to reduce our reliance on petroleum and efforts to speed the transformation of the nation’s vehicle fleet to alternative …

Anti-Ethanol Poll Clearly Shows Bias

In Energy Bill, Ethanol, General, Policy by Ken

The National Center for Public Policy Research, a Washington, D.C., “think tank,” has released the results of a poll it commissioned surveying public attitudes about the renewable fuels standard. The press release headline states “Farm-Belt Voters Favor Eliminating or Scaling Back Corn Ethanol Mandate, New Poll Finds.” So, haw many “Farm-Belt Voters” were surveyed for this poll? 500? 1,000? How …