Ag Economist on Indirect Land Use

In Audio, Ethanol, International, Land Use by Cindy

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress/Ag Media Summit in Fort Worth this week featured a “Great Debate” between retired Kansas State ag economist Barry Flinchbaugh and former Texas congressman Charlie Stenholm. Their topics were ag policy and trade but some of the focus was on the new cap and trade legislation, climate change and indirect land use. During an …

Directing Debate on Indirect Land Use

In Environmental, Ethanol, government, Land Use, Politics by Cindy

Debate over the irrational concept of indirect land use change (ILUC) continues to rage on Capitol Hill and in the media. Dr. Robert Zubrin, author of Energy Victory, had a commentary last week in Roll Call that hit the nail on the head when it comes to the irrationality of ILUC. Zubrin writes, “Whatever one might think of the right …

Senators Warn Against “Premature” Decision on Indirect Land Use

In Ethanol, government, Land Use by Cindy

A bipartisan group of 12 Senators last week called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to propose regulations assuming that greater U.S. biofuels use would increase carbon dioxide emissions. In a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, the senators argued that because the data and methods for calculating “indirect land use changes” such as from forest or grassland to …

Corn Ethanol Land Use Impact is Almost ZERO

In Audio, Ethanol, Land Use by Cindy

Expansion of corn ethanol production to 15 billion gallons per year in 2015 is unlikely to result in the conversion of non-agricultural lands anywhere, according to a new study released today at the National Ethanol Conference by Air Improvement Resource (AIR). The study found that increasing crop yields and growing supplies of nutrient-dense feed co-products are likely to nullify the …