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Celebrate National Parks…Not Biofuels

On August 25, 2016, the National Parks Service (NPS) is celebrating its 100th birthday – an incredible milestone marking a century of stewardship in our parks. But as NPS prepares to blow out the candles, we can’t help but imagine what we’d wish for if we were in their boots…

Highway to the Dead Zone

Those who tout the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as a “green” policy are onto something. The RFS is definitely green — unfortunately, it’s the kind of green that creates algal blooms that harm ecosystems and marine life.

Putting 16 Million Acres into Perspective

16 million more acres is so large, it is almost unfathomable. But don’t worry – we’re here to put it into perspective for you.

The Radical Transformation of the U.S. Agricultural Landscape

Our recent analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture points to our worst fears: the ethanol mandate is a driving force in the radical transformation of the U.S. agricultural landscape in the years since the RFS was instituted.

For Family Farmers, Ethanol Mandate Poses a Threat

Approximately 40 percent of American corn crops are blended in ethanol. For poultry and livestock farmers, this creates a serious problem: the market price of corn – the necessary staple in animals’ feed – experiences unpredictability due to changes in the crops supply and price due to the mandate.

The Motley Fool: 3 Powerful Graphs Behind the Food-vs.-Fuel Debate

Food Costs Are Eating American Family Budgets provide a powerful backdrop for the food-vs.-fuel debate.

Government Shutdown—What’s at Stake for RFS Reform

With the government shutdown, the rest of the country is left to bear the consequences of continued inaction. Reform to the ethanol mandate or RFS, which appeared to be moving forward, is now stalled with the rest of the government.

National Review Online: The Corn That Broke the Cattleman’s Back

The number of American feedlots leaving the business increased by 9,900 percent in the last year — a mass exodus prompted by the rising cost of feed.

Politico: Reform the ethanol mandate

Although many factors influence commodity prices, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief economist testified last month that the corn ethanol mandate accounted for more than a third of the hike in corn prices from 2006 to 2009.

Big Ethanol Admits Biofuel Mandates Inflate Corn Prices

Yesterday, the head of the ethanol lobby Bob Dinneen testified in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Dineen admits that ethanol mandates were intended to raise the price of corn, costing consumers but lining corn growers' pockets.

It’s Time for America to Lead on the Coming Food Crisis: Ethanol Mandates & Global Food Supply

Current global food trends point to increased difficulties in feeding the world. A new study reveals that there won’t be enough food to feed the world by 2050. The USDA estimates that 101 million people – or nearly one in three Americans – are currently receiving food assistance of some kind.

The flaws of the RFS, as explained by the EPA, USDA and EIA

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on the RFS in its Energy and Power Subcommittee to gain clarity — from government officials — on how the RFS is impacting the environment, our nation’s fuel supply and consumers.

Bloomberg: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People

Last year the price of the most important food crop fell 20 percent in anticipation of bountiful harvests. Then the dought hit and corn and soybean prices in the U.S. reached record highs in anticipation of what proved to be the smallest corn and soybean harvests in six and nine years, respectively.

AgMag: Fix the broken biofuels mandate

Corn ethanol has been a costly disaster for farmers, food manufacturers, restaurants and other food retailers. What’s more, it is increasing the price of gas.

Reason Hit & Run: Want Cheaper Food? End the Ethanol Mandate

Food price inflation is indeed complex, and there’s no simple way to prevent it. But there is a single step that government could take that would almost certainly significantly arrest the rapid rise in the cost of food: end ethanol energy mandates.

SFGate: Ethanol Relief Vital to State’s Cows

Because of the demand for grain to produce the gasoline additive ethanol - which was supposed to reduce air pollution - plus a nationwide drought, many of the state's cash-strapped farmers are selling their cows for slaughter because they can't afford to feed them.

GlobalWarming.org: Another Study Debunks RFA/Vilsack Claim Ethanol Reduced Gas Prices by $1.09/Gal

A new study by the Energy Research Policy Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC) further debunks the popular talking point of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) that ethanol reduced gasoline prices by $0.89/gal in 2010 and $1.09/gal in 2011.

The Heritage Foundation: Renewable Fuel Standard, Ethanol Use, and Corn Prices

As corn prices hit record highs, the folly of the federal ethanol mandate becomes ever more apparent. The widespread drought in the Corn Belt projects what will be the lowest since 2006–2007 and that the per-acre yield will be the worst since 1995–1996.

The Huffington Post: Don’t Blame It on the Rain: The Ethanol Mandate Is a Bad Idea in Any Year

The long drought will have real consequences for the nation's food and energy markets. But it also creates an opportunity for Washington to take a hard look at the Bush-era mandate known as the Renewable Fuels Standard.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Beef Herd Tumbles to 40-Year Low After Feed Costs Surge

The worst U.S. drought in a half century and record feed prices are spurring farmers to shrink cattle herds to the smallest in two generations, driving beef prices higher.

The Economist: Corn on the Cusp

Corn prices have climbed and hopes that low stocks might be replenished have been dashed. America’s crop goes in roughly equal measure to producing ethanol, feeding livestock and for export. All three will feel the pinch.