Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"Iowa voters have given up on ethanol; presidential candidates are following suit" Los Angeles Times

"Even so, a self-described “coalition of unlikely bedfellows” that opposes corn ethanol — which includes oil companies, environmentalists, anti-hunger activists and car manufacturers — is watching the Iowa race carefully."

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"Earth To Paris: Corn Ethanol Is A Climate Disaster"

"Corn ethanol, once thought of as a way for the U.S. to cut carbon pollution, is conspicuously absent from the emissions reduction plan the White House submitted ahead of the global climate conference in Paris. The plan would reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 28 percent from 2005 levels, but it didn’t even mention corn ethanol, or the federal mandate known as the Renewable Fuel Standard."

"EPA approves lower ethanol increase in U.S. fuel supply than 2007 law" USA Today

"The oil, restaurant and environmental industries have been among the most vocal critics in calling for Congress to repeal or significantly reform the Renewable Fuel Standard. Efforts to change the mandate, including ending the corn-component of the mandate responsible for the lion’s share of production, have languished on Capitol Hill."

"Obama dials back ethanol fuel standard" The Hill

"The final renewable fuel standard (RFS) unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is more stringent than an earlier version of the rule proposed in May but falls short of the threshold set forth in a 2007 law."

"The debate crosses party lines in Washington, where lawmakers from corn-producing states support a higher ethanol standard. Many Republicans oppose the mandate because of its impact on the oil industry, and some Democrats, who question its environmental impact, are against it as well."