The G̶o̶o̶d̶, the Bad, and the Ugly: “The Ethanol Effect”

Environmentalists, farmers, conservatives and liberals may not always find common ground, but these unlikely allies do agree on one thing: the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is broken — broken in many ways, for many people. The extent of the problem wasn’t apparent a decade ago, but now we can clearly see the unintended consequences of the RFS.

The Final Stand for Bees

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted endangered status to seven species of bees, marking the first time the insect has been protected by federal law under the Endangered Species Act. It may not be the last.

The Bad Buzz around Biofuels

A new study from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows that the “continual increase in biofuel crops” — plantings of corn and soy — has led to America’s Northern Great Plains “rapidly changing to a landscape that is less conducive to commercial beekeeping.”

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…

EPA Ignores Inconvenient Facts; Fails to Look Out for the Environment
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 Strange Effects of Too Much Corn…

Recent reports from CNN and the Washington Post show that corn crops may be increasing humidity in the Midwest due to the phenomenon of “corn sweat.”

16 million acres and counting…

Our latest data visualization shows the increase in corn and soybean plantings in the United States from 2005-2015, using 2005 as a baseline.

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.

Recapping National Ag Week

See the National Ag Week GIFs we grew on the SFF farm!

EWG: Corn Ethanol is NOT a Renewable Fuel

The latest post from the Environmental Working Group looks at reports and analyses to come to the conclusion corn ethanol is NOT a renewable fuel.

Take Action Against Hunger on World Food Day

This Friday, as we honor World Food Day, we are reminded of a harsh reality: what should be a basic human right is inaccessible to many.

Inconvenient Fact: Science Concludes Ethanol Mandates Harm Environment, Worsen Emissions

As a coalition of diverse organizations representing environmental, anti-hunger, consumer and business interests, Smarter Fuel Future is committed to spreading the truth about the innumerable negative impacts and unintended consequences of the government-imposed ethanol mandates created by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

EPA Heads to Dust Bowl ‘Ground Zero’ for Public Hearing

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is headed to Kansas City, Kan. next week to host the one and only public hearing on the agency’s most recent proposal on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Unsettling Bee Colony Collapse Linked to Ethanol Mandates

America’s bee colonies are dying off at an alarming rate. This trend is so alarming that politicians in Washington are paying attention

RFS Roundup: The Environmental Devastation of the Ethanol Mandate
RFS Roundup: In the News

Stay up to date on this weeks RFS news.

The Ethanol Mandate Does A Dishonor to Earth Day

As concert goers celebrated in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol building, many were likely unaware of the law put in place that is responsible for increasing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, severely polluting our waterways, straining already depleted water supplies, aggravating global hunger and worsening extreme poverty around the world.

Hall of Legislative Curiosities: The Not-So Renewable Fuel Standard

For our third Hall of Legislative Curiosities series we’ve taken a look at the environmental problems at the heart of this perplexing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

Guest Post: Biofuels, Hunger, and Climate: Fixing California’s LCFS Analysis

The politics surrounding biofuels and biomass-based power generation are so fraught with controversy that the Washington Post recently labeled bioenergy “a familiar obstacle to good policymaking.”

Pivotal New Study Calls for End to Biofuels Mandates

Because biofuels haven’t lived up to expectations—environmental or otherwise—the World Resources Institute (WRI) has concluded in a pivotal new study that policies mandating their use, like the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), are a “misguided approach to fighting global warming.”