Selling Low Priced Ethanol Blend in Wisconsin is Risky

In E85, Ethanol by Chuck

An interesting story came out at the end of last week on TheNorthwestern.com. Apparently some gas stations (42 of them) are upset with an ethanol production company (Utica Energy, LLC) for selling fuel below the state’s strange minimum markup law. They’ve filed a lawsuit for $12 million dollars against the company and it’s retailer, Renew E-85. Now all this “under …

American Chronicle Commentary

In Ethanol by Cindy

There is an interesting, if quite rambling, commentary in the American Chronicle written by Stafford “Doc” Williamson, who is a “consultant, writer and president of a small company with very diversified interests in a wide range of fields.” Doc makes a variety of points, starting out with saying that the efficiency, or lack thereof, of ethanol production “doesn’t matter.” He …

Rolling Stone Gathers Dross

In Ethanol, General by Cindy

The Merriam-Webster definition of “dross” includes words such as “scum,” “waste,” “impurity,” “something that is base, trivial or inferior.” All of that applies to the article in last month’s “Rolling Stone” magazine The Ethanol Scam: One of America’s Biggest Political Boondoggles. Peppered with choice four-letter words, the article is a re-hash of every criticism about ethanol there is, with no …

New Plant Produces Fuel AND Food

In Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, General by Cindy

LifeLine Foods is opening a new generation ethanol plant in St. Joseph, Missouri that could eventually put to rest the whole “food versus fuel” issue. The facility features a mill in the front of the plant that separates the corn kernel into fiber, protein and starches. This technique enables increased utilization of the starch within the kernel. The resulting higher …

Monsanto Renewable Fuels YouTube Video

In Biotechnology, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel by Chuck

Consumers have a growing amount of online information that provides them with good science based information to make better choices, especially when it comes to new energy choices. We’re going to point to them whenever and wherever we find them. Take for example a YouTube video from Monsanto that helps provide some positive perspective for food and fuel. It’s titled, …

Could Biofuels Benefit the World’s Hungry?

In Environmental, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, Sustainability by Cindy

Now here’s a story that flies in the face of the whole food versus fuel flap. Worldwatch Institute, “an independent research organization that works for an environmentally sustainable and socially just society,” has just authored a new book called Biofuels for Transport: Global Potential and Implications for Energy and Agriculture. In it, the authors make the startling claim that the …

Colorado Ag Groups Defend Corn Prices

In Current News, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel by Chuck

After hearing national media coverage citing ethanol as the reason for higher grocery costs, Colorado Corn Growers, Colorado Farm Bureau and Ag Commissioner John Stulp decided to take a stand. Several Denver media outlets featured the story. You can see their coverage using the following links! “Farmers Defend Themselves Amid Growing Prices” – This is a KCNC News 4 story …

Project Phin Update

In Activism, Ethanol by Cindy

The first phase of Project Phin: Clean My Ride, Flex My Fuel is over and according to organizers it has become a “pop culture icon” in just a few short weeks. Project Phin had the honor of being the very first post on Corn Commentary and one of the videos was also featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno …

Year of Corn

In Ethanol, General by Cindy

The theme of the 2007 Indiana State Fair is “The Year of Corn” and the Indianapolis Star agrees, according to today’s editorial. “More than a grain of truth carried in corn bandwagon” is the headline and it reads in part: Visitors to the Indiana State Fair are getting no end of visual, audible, tactile and gustatory reminders of the importance …

Consumer Federation Report Gets Little Attention

In Ethanol, General by Cindy

At the end of last month, the Consumer Federation of America came out with a report that basically says oil companies are holding up the expansion of ethanol. However, “Big Oil vs Ethanol” has received virtually no press coverage. Interesting. CFA is an advocacy, research, education, and service organization that has been around since 1968 and is credible enough that …