EPA Official Apologizes to Ethanol Industry

In Audio, Ethanol by Cindy

Last year at the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, EPA’s Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality told the ethanol industry that the agency intended to finalize the volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by the end of spring 2014. As everyone knows that never happened and at the 2015 National Ethanol Conference in Dallas last …

A Billion Gallons of Ethanol from One Plant

In Ethanol by Cindy

Golden Grain Energy in Mason City, Iowa is celebrating the production of its one billionth gallon of ethanol this month. That’s a lot of ethanol over the course of ten years from a plant with a nameplate capacity of 115 million gallons per year. Nameplate means they are capable of producing that much per year, and often that goal is …

RFS for President!

In Biofuels, Ethanol, government, Politics by Cindy

The 2016 presidential campaign is starting to percolate and in Iowa the biofuels industry is making the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) their candidate. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad last week announced a major new bi-partisan campaign called America’s Renewable Future that will promote the RFS to both candidates and caucus-goes for the 2016 Iowa Presidential caucuses. “I’m very passionate about the …

If It Looks Like Big Oil, and Walks Like Big Oil, It’s Probably…Big Oil

In American Ethanol, Biofuels, Current News, Ethanol, Farming, Food vs Fuel, Research by Mark

A story in today’s New York Times cites a new study by the World Resource Institute that attempts to discredit the significant and increasing contributions of biofuels to meet the world’s energy needs. On close inspection two things become abundantly clear. First the so-called “new” study is nothing but the same old stuff trotted out by the anti-ethanol crowd nearly …

Ag Secretary Stresses Biofuels Support at AFBF

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol by Cindy

Farmers from around the country had a chance to ask Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack questions during an informal town hall-style meeting at the American Farm Bureau convention this week in San Diego. The last question he took was from a South Dakota farmer who asked about continuation of strong biofuels policy in the United States. Vilsack detailed his continued support …

Big Oil Wants It Both Ways

In Biofuels, Ethanol by Cathryn

Falling gas prices have dominated news coverage over recent months. From “price at the pump” reports to longer diatribes over the economic and political impacts of falling oil prices, media outlets of all genres present a wide array of viewpoints on the topic. Not surprisingly, this puts the American Petroleum Institute in the spotlight once again as eager journalists inquire …

Freedom Isn’t Free

In Biofuels, Ethanol by Cathryn

While we often hear politicians declare that they know “the greatest problem of our time,” few have the courage to face what really confronts us- a finite supply of oil. Yes, today, oil is cheap. American consumers do not currently fork out the incredible sum to which they have become accustomed. Despite the momentary reprieve, oil remains of incredible importance …

Happy Anniversary to the RFS

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol by Cindy

Friday marks the seventh anniversary of the signing into law of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) which expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as we know it today. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has compiled a report that examines the successful impact of the RFS over the past seven years on the economy, job creation, agriculture, …

Partisan Report on RFS

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol by Cindy

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) appears to be a bit partisan in a new report released this week on “Options for Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard.” The report was produced after several meetings during the year with an advisory group that consisted of 23 members, seven of which were oil companies representatives. Only five members of the group represented agriculture …