The key reason ethanol is added to gasoline is very simple. Most of it is derived (in the US) from corn. Iowa, the first State in the Presidential election primary calendar grows lots of corn.
(To be sure, the so-called “oxygenation” additives to fuel have some, emphasize some, utility in reducing local air pollution in congested urban areas. But there are huge, make that HUGE, downsides to ethanol. Including massive increases in the price of food).
Now it’s starting to look like it’s losing some of its clout. Continue reading
So I am not finished with Sel Graham, my expert on ethanol and the awl (that’s oil for you yankees) industry.
It is a challenge to explain what a stupid idea ethanol is as an additive to gasoline.
Let me try.
The New York Times reports: Continue reading
Sadly though, carbon central planning would be just peachy. Continue reading
Stephen Kruiser writes at PJ Media: Continue reading
Kim Strassel reports in the Wall Street Journal: Continue reading
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This is nonsense since… Continue reading
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EPA recently denied it knew the program was susceptible to fraud. Continue reading
“In yet another green folly, the lawless Environmental Protection Agency continues to fine gasoline producers for not using cellulosic biofuels in quantities that don’t exist, making only more pain at the pump.” Continue reading
“The first fraud case came to light in the fall of 2011. EPA put 24 companies on notice that more than 32 million RINs they had tried to use for compliance were bogus.” Continue reading
“America’s prairies are shrinking. Spurred on by the rush for biofuels, farmers are digging up grasslands in the northern Plains to plant crops at the quickest pace since the 1930s. While that’s been a boon for farmers, the upheaval could create unexpected problems.” Continue reading
E15 has been shown to damage car engines. Continue reading
The 19th century development of oil saved the whales who were being hunted for their blubber to light lanterns. Now an Icelandic fisherman has brought us full circle. Continue reading
“Rationality in Washington is scarcer than green gas” — and green gas doesn’t even exist. Continue reading
“The road to wider biofuel use may have been paved with good intentions, but it has turned out to be full of potholes.” Continue reading
Why would EPA listen to what a court says? Continue reading