Tag Archives: ethanol mandates

US and EU must change biofuel targets to avert food crisis, says Nestlé chief

Food company chief executive labels biofuels an aberration and expresses concern about potential impact of water wastage Continue reading

About these ads

Impact of climate change on food prices is underestimated, Oxfam warns

Price spikes will be a devastating blow to the world’s poorest and will also affect UK consumers

Well yes but the current solar quiescence does not guarantee we are in for a disastrous cold spell. We do, however, need to remain watchful and ensure we keep our options open – none of this burning food instead of fossil fuels nonsense. Continue reading

The era of cheap food may be over

The last decade saw the end of cheap oil, the magic growth ingredient for the global economy after the second world war. This summer’s increase in maize, wheat and soya bean prices – the third spike in the past five years – suggests the era of cheap food is also over. Continue reading

Price of essentials rises by 10 per cent

The G20 is under growing pressure to call an emergency food summit after the price of essentials jumped by ten per cent on average in July. Continue reading

Is Ethanol Cheaper Than Gasoline?

CLICK HERE to tell the EPA to waive the ethanol mandates and  relieve pressure on our nation’s food supply, fuel prices, and vehicle fleet. Continue reading

Biofuels industry to Obama: Hang tough on renewable fuel standard

Well imagine that, subsidy farmers want subsidies and mandates kept Continue reading

Threat of EU Tariffs on US Bioethanol?

The countries of the European Union are examining whether US bioethanol producers are receiving trade-distorting government aid, which could lead the EU to impose retroactive tariffs on US bioethanol products exported to European countries. Continue reading

Burning corn in a famine: The obscenity of the corn ethanol mandate

Will the time come when we ask ourselves, “do I serve this wonderful yellow corn for dinner, or do I need to save it for my gas tank?” Continue reading

Brian McGraw: Mitt Romney’s Ethanol Problem

While I’ll be the first to admit I would prefer Mitt Romney’s energy policies to those of President Obama, especially his appreciation for increased energy production on public lands and the OCS, I found his newly released energy policy white paper slightly humorous in parts. Continue reading

Biofuel boondoggle popular in corn state

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad urged the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to retain the Renewable Fuel Standard, which is the basis for the demand for ethanol. Continue reading

Georgia, New Mexico join call for end to U.S. ethanol rule

Two U.S. states that depend on the livestock industry are adding their voices to a string of states asking Washington to ease pressure on corn prices by suspending rules that send a large share of the crop to produce ethanol. Continue reading

Study: U.S. could put a big dent in food prices by relaxing ethanol rules

The worst U.S. drought in half a century has hampered the country’s corn production and caused plenty of worry about the rising cost of food worldwide. But the spike also raises a policy question. Should the United States now suspend its rules that divert a hefty portion of the U.S. corn crop—40 percent, by some counts—into ethanol fuel for cars and trucks? Continue reading

MIT and UC Davis Scholars Agree: Ethanol Hasn’t Made Gasoline Cheaper

Back in May, we posted a critique of a Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) study that purported to show how ethanol mandates and subsidies had held down gasoline prices for American motorists. Continue reading

EPA seeks input on ethanol mandate waiver requests

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said it has begun weighing requests to suspend the U.S. ethanol mandate, which requires refiners to blend ethanol into gasoline, and is seeking public feedback. Continue reading

Looking for Alternatives to the Renewable Fuels Standard

There’s one viable alternative – scrap the stupid thing. Continue reading

EPA to approve grain sorghum for cleaner ethanol

The federal government is on the verge of approving a grain mainly used as livestock feed to make a cleaner version of ethanol, a decision officials say could give farmers a new moneymaking opportunity, boost the biofuels industry and help the environment. Continue reading

Peter Foster: Biofuel policy on thin ice

Washington’s biofuel mandate is hurting poor people right now Continue reading

Drought and the Second Ethanol Crash

When gas prices plummeted during the recession and at least half of US ethanol producers went bankrupt in the 2008-2009 ethanol crash, ethanol production continued to increase. But ethanol will crash again in the face of a summer drought, and this time the crash will be more definitive. Continue reading

Latest Ethanol Mandate Raises Ire of Motorcyclists

However inconceivable it may seem, ethanol has managed to earn itself another enemy.

It’s not so hard – just stop diluting fuel ya dopey beggars! Continue reading

US biofuel production should be suspended, UN says

The United Nations (UN) food agency has called on the United States to suspend its production of biofuel ethanol. Continue reading