Results tagged Environmental Protection Agency

What it means to “Grow Ethanol”

The Renewable Fuel Standard was supposed to be better for the environment than traditional gasoline. But in fact it actually does more harm than good to the environment and the rural economies it was supposed to bolster.

The fundamental problem with the ethanol mandate

Higher gas prices and plowing over natural conservation land should be cause enough for Congress to revisit the ethanol mandate, but the fundamental problem with policy is simply a disconnect with economic basics.

Oddfellows at the Office of Management and Budget

In addition to discussing individual concerns, the SFF coalition presented OMB with a petition from nearly 13,000 SFF advocates calling for a lowered ethanol mandate.

Good Intentions, Failed Policy

In theory, the government mandate requiring that ethanol fuel be blended into America’s gasoline supply was intended to spur energy independence, reduce emissions and jumpstart rural economic development. Unfortunately, the RFS has failed to deliver on its environmental goals.

Ethanol Lobby’s Solution to Ethanol Glut – Use More Ethanol.

In order to prevent Americans from hitting the blend wall, the EPA proposed lowering the 2014 mandate. With this proposal came major political pressure from ethanol makers and now the EPA is considering backing down.

Is this the Worst Policy in America?

For the first time since the ethanol mandate was enacted, a government agency has confirmed what the refining industry has said for years…forcing ethanol into our fuel supply will increase gas prices.

The three ways lowering the ethanol mandate would help the environment

In an unprecedented moment of clarity, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a reduction to the 2014 ethanol mandate. Environmental Working Group did an analysis of how that reduction would affect the environment and the results might surprise you…

World Hunger Day

World Hunger Day seems like an appropriate time to discuss what the EPA and Congress can do to positively impact those living in extreme poverty. In a discussion hosted by FoodPolicy.Us, panelists discussed the effects the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is having on hunger domestically and abroad.

Rising Consumer Price Index Confirms Inflation

This year, the price of ethanol soared above gasoline prices, and each year, more corn is diverted away from animal feed and our food supply and into our fuel. The UN stated in a report that the cost of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans could go up as much as 20 percent thanks to biofuels mandates.

Dear Washington: Ethanol Failed

Yesterday 17 people from across the country flew to DC to share the varied reasons why ethanol mandates are failing them and the people they represent.

The Hall of Legislative Curiosities: Food or Fuel?

What happens when you use the world’s breadbasket to feed cars, not people? No surprise here: Less land for food means higher prices for you.

Earth Day

The UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Environmental Working Group, the Associated Press, Congressmen from both sides and others have revealed corn ethanol produces more GHGs than gasoline, is immensely water-intensive, zaps the land of essential nutrients and demolishes animal habitats.

Biofuels & American Energy with The Hill

On Thursday, April 10, several diverse voices—including chain restaurants and environmentalists—participated in a panel with The Hill Magazine to discuss why the need to reform the government’s ethanol mandate is at critical mass.

A Coalition Against Bad Policy

Oil refiners do oppose the ethanol mandate, but they are hardly the only ones who take issue with the policy. Environmentalists, taxpayers, food producers, consumer protection groups of all types, anti-hunger advocates and even farmers have all spoken out against the RFS.

3 Things You Need To Know About The UN Climate Change Report & Biofuels

The IPCC stunned many when it reversed its stance on global biofuels policies finding that the use of biofuels has sweeping consequences for the environment, global food security and the health of developing nations.

NGO’s respond to UN biofuels reversal

As we wait for the Environmental Protection Agency to make the final ruling on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reversed its stance on biofuels development in a report released this week.

The Cellulosic Bridge to Nowhere

Ethanol proponents have long claimed that advanced (cellulosic) biofuels will replace corn ethanol, resolving the emissions and hunger problems that corn ethanol causes. And yet, despite government mandates and subsidies, cellulosic biofuels are still not produced at any commercial scale.

What was missing from the State of the Union?

While ethanol does, admittedly, curb emissions from an automobile’s tailpipe, getting it to that point actually increases GHG emissions and diverts more than 40 percent of our corn crops into our fuel supply.

Ghosts of Ethanol Past, Present and Future

Today, we divert more than 40 percent of our corn crops to ethanol. Further, government has been subsidizing “gasohol” for years. In 1979, the going rate was 40 cents per gallon of E10. And the final lesson is this: we’ve been hoping for cellulosic biofuels forever.

The Ethanol Lobby Changes their Tune…Again

While ethanol producers are bringing in record profits, dairy and poultry farmers have been forced to close up shop, unable to afford feed for animals.

Stakeholder Press Call Previews EPA Hearing on RFS

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, a diverse group of stakeholders held a press call to discuss the EPA’s proposed reduction to 2014 biofuel blending requirements, as well as their individual policy objectives, as they seek to limit the various negative impacts of the RFS.