Corn Ethanol and More Losers Under California Fuel Standard

In Environmental, Ethanol, Farming by Cindy

Corn ethanol is a clear loser under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) passed by the California Air Resources Board this week, but the bigger losers may be energy independence and the economy. “This new standard will hurt the domestic biofuels and related industries and increase our nation’s reliance on foreign oil,” said National Corn Growers Association President Bob Dickey. …

CARB Letter Supports Corn Ethanol

In Environmental, Ethanol by Cindy

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) “believes that corn ethanol will play an important role in helping California achieve the goals” of its proposed low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) being considered this week. That according to a letter received this week by Growth Energy from board chairperson Mary Nichols. Regarding concerns that the proposed LCFS is biased against corn ethanol, …

EPA Greenhouse Gas Findings Could Impact Ag

In Environmental, government by Cindy

The American Farm Bureau Federation is concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding on greenhouse gas emissions “could lead to harmful consequences with the government overextending its arm into every facet of the economy, including the agriculture industry.” “If EPA were to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, U.S. agriculture would be hard hit,” AFBF president Bob …

More Support for Ethanol

In Audio, Environmental, Ethanol, Farming by Ken

Yet another study, released today, confirms that corn-based ethanol helps reduce greenhouse gas significantly (39% today; up to 55% in 2015) and provides more energy than it takes to make it (42% more today; nearly double by 2015). “The GHG emissions savings from ethanol production and use have more than doubled between 1995 and the projected level in 2015. This …

Ag Groups Outline Cap and Trade Concerns

In Environmental, Farming, General, government by Cindy

As the concept of limiting carbon dioxide emissions in the form of so-called “cap and trade” legislation gets closer to reality, agriculture groups have drawn up a list of guiding principals for Congress to consider when it comes to regulating greenhouse gas emissions and the impact it could have on farming and ranching. A dozen ag organizations joined together to …

Greenies Prefer Dirty Oil to Ethanol

In Activism, Environmental, Ethanol, Food Prices by Cindy

Some radical environmental organizations held a press conference this week urging the federal government to stop promoting renewable fuels like ethanol and saying they would rather increase the use of imported oil. During the conference, Clean Air Task Force spokesman Jonathan Lewis told a reporter that “burning gasoline is better than increasing the production of corn ethanol.” Listen to that …

Conflicting Corn Ethanol Reports

In Environmental, Ethanol by Cindy

Two different university studies released within two weeks of each other have come up with two completely different conclusions regarding the greenhouse gas emissions of corn ethanol. This clearly proves that there is no scientific consensus on this issue. The first study, by the University of Nebraska, concluded that “recent improvements in crop production, biorefinery operation, and coproduct utilization in …

New Report on Corn Ethanol Efficiency

In Environmental, Ethanol by Cindy

A new report shows that current corn-ethanol systems are much more energy efficient and have a much greater potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than previously published studies. The report, “Improvements in Life Cycle Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn Ethanol” was just released by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research and published in …

Goose Tales

In Environmental, Ethanol, Farming by Cindy

Corn could be the reason that that U.S. Airways flight landed in the Hudson River last week, according to Dennis Avery of the Hudson Institute. Seriously? Time Magazine this week blames global warming for more geese around airports leading to more airplane bird strikes, but Avery says, “Time reached the wrong conclusion. Research indicates we should blame the prosaic corn …

Congress Urged to Invest in Agriculture

In Environmental, Ethanol, Farm Bill, Farming, government by Cindy

A diverse coalition of 34 business, agriculture and environmental groups, including the National Corn Growers Association, is asking Congressional leaders to support an economic recovery package that provides strong funding for agriculture-based, clean energy development programs. The National 25x’25 Steering Committee and other renewable energy advocacy groups outlined a three part recommendation in a letter to Congressional leaders this week. …