Showing posts with label ethanol. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ethanol. Show all posts

Jenny Hopkinson: A Win For Cruz, A Loss For Ethanol

Only Ted and Rand stood up to the special interests.    Corn country just picked a candidate who wants to put an end to one of its favorite government programs. Sen. Ted Cruz’s victory in the Iowa Republican caucus, besting Donald Trump by 3.3 percent, is the first time a candidate opposed strongly by the state’s ethanol industry   ... MORE

Richard Martin & Michael Reilly: The Problem With Biofuels

An expensive political boondoggle.   Last week the U.S. Navy, with its accustomed pomp and fanfare, launched its first carrier strike group powered partly by biofuel—in this case, a blend made primarily from beef fat. The biofueled warships form a central element of the Navy’s Great Green Fleet program to draw half of its power from clean     ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: Corny Crony Capitalism In Iowa

Only 2 candidates won't pander to ethanol lobby.    The "report card" from America's Renewable Future, a biofuel industry group, is not complicated. If you are a presidential candidate participating in Monday's Iowa caucuses and you support "the commonsense, bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard," you get a "good rating," symbolized by a fuel    ... MORE

John Stossel: Running On Empty

Using tax dollars to buy votes in Iowa.      Cars run on fuel. Politicians run on votes, and they'll do almost anything to get them. That includes supporting mandates that force us to use ethanol, a fuel made from corn that Iowa farmers grow. They support ethanol because Iowa is the first state to vote on presidential candidates. Candidates     ... MORE

High Price Of Principles: Ted Cruz And Rand Paul Will Pay In Iowa For Their Failure To Pander To The Ethanol Lobby

by Alexander Bolton.      Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.) are trying to avoid an ethanol landmine in Iowa. Both Republican senators have criticized federal subsidies for ethanol, which are popular in Iowa, the state hosting the first Republican contest in the 2016 race for the White House. Iowa kingmakers in the party such as Sen. Chuck    ... MORE

Peter Suderman: The Ethanol Disaster

Bad for consumers, the environment, and the poor.      Last November, when the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) proposed moderating years of escalating mandates by reducing the amount of ethanol that must be mixed into gasoline, a top ethanol lobbyist seemed perplexed. "We're all just sort of scratching our heads here     ... MORE

James Conca: It's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use

It's always been about subsidies, not the environment.   OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released two of its Working Group reports at the end of last month (WGI and WGIII), and their short discussion of    ... MORE

The Dumbest Federal Policy You'll Read About Today

by A. Barton Hinkle.     It benefits special interests, hurts consumers, and harms the planet. If you are like most people, you probably spend a lot of time wondering, "What is the absolutely worst environmental policy on the planet?" And if you are like most people, you probably think it is America’s ethanol policy. So Virginia's recent decision to      ... MORE

Green Ethanol And The Damage It Leaves Behind

Govt mandate does more than drive up corn prices.      The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn't     ... MORE

Time To Repeal The Renewable Fuel Standard

by Robert Bradley Jr.        If Washington were a business, counterproductive rules and regulations would be either reformed or revoked. But we’re not living in that world. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is gearing up to expand a destructive program that is criticized at both ends of the ideological divide. The      ... MORE

Marlo Lewis: The EPA vs. State Economies

Driving up the price of corn.  On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected petitions from the governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina to suspend the biofuel-blending requirements established by the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. This program requires refiners to blend increasing  ... MORE

Katie Kieffer: RINOS Play FarmVille

Farming is a game to RINOS (Republicans In Name Only). But farming is not a game. Not in America. We are the world’s No. 1 exporter of wheat, corn and soybeans. If we mess up, global food prices soar, livestock die, and streets erupt in riots. The GOP is supposed to be the party that “gets” economics. Republicans pride themselves ... MORE

Jazz Shaw: Ethanol Plant Reopens Despite Massive Drought

Food dries up, but tax dollars keep flowing. Not too long ago, we took a look at the effect the drought is having on the nation’s farmers, particularly those producing corn. The situation isn’t improving, as is being widely reported, and the farmers are in dire straights. Prices are rising for not only corn for the dinner table, but all the other  ... MORE

Jeffrey Folks: End The Ethanol Madness

Time to inject a kernel of reality.   Economists are warning that the current drought in the Corn Belt is going to result in higher food prices.  That increase will hit consumers hard, reducing discretionary spending and further weakening an already fragile economy.  With every scorching day that passes, the catastrophe mounts.  But, as usual, the president is AWOL.      ... MORE

Deroy Murdock: EPA In Wonderland

Now fines companies for not using nonexistent fuel.  Why does America’s economy feel like an SUV that is running on fumes? The Obama administration’s laughably rigid enforcement of a Baby Bush–era ethanol mandate typifies today’s regulatory climate. When Uncle Sam governs with a tire iron in his hand, U.S. companies wisely pull off the road and   ... MORE