Food Costs Are Eating American Family Budgets provide a powerful backdrop for the food-vs.-fuel debate.
Industries as wide-ranging as oil refiners, biofuel manufacturers, chain restaurants and chicken farmers sparred over the future of the federal ethanol mandate Tuesday.
Refiners are hesitant to blend more than 10 percent ethanol into the fuel supply over safety concerns. Skyrocketing renewable fuel credit prices indicate that the industry is nearing the limits of what it can blend, or the “blend wall.”
Most domestic ethanol is made from corn, but imports of cheaper, sugar-based ethanol from Brazil have cut into demand for ethanol from domestic producers.
EPA chose to prematurely issue a series of fuel waivers to allow E15 to be used in vehicles manufactured after 2001, despite compelling evidence that the fuel will be costly and potentially dangerous for consumers.
Despite three successive years of aggressive mandates, zero gallons of cellulosic biofuels were produced in 2010 and 2011, and only 1,741 in 2012. EPA continues to mandate millions of gallons, forcing refiners to write EPA a check to comply with a mandate they would otherwise be unable to meet.
Humanitarians, environmentalists, farmers’ advocates and refiners on Monday came together to demand changes to a renewable fuel mandate they said is wiping out wetlands and driving food costs higher.
In a decision that questions the motivation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit today vacated EPA’s 2012 cellulosic biofuel mandate, concluding that its biased forecast was in ‘excess of the agency’s statutory authority.’
Statement by American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Charles T. Drevna on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision today to increase bio-based diesel volumes to 1.28 billion gallons in 2012.
America's oil refiners are preparing to intensify efforts to press the federal government to drop mandates to encourage the development of advanced biofuels and counter the Obama administration's "war on fossil fuels."
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Petroleum Institute and Western States Petroleum Association jointly filed a petition requesting that the EPA waive the 2011 cellulosic biofuel volume mandate in its entirety due to a non-existent domestic supply of the fuel.