Category Archives: Ethanol

Only partly right – the correct course is to repudiate all “renewables” mandates

Industry split emerges over biofuels’ indirect impact

European bioethanol producers have broken ranks and urged EU policymakers to introduce rules on the indirect climate impacts of biofuels that distinguish between “good and bad biofuel pathways,” Reuters has learned. (Reuters)

Bill would ease ethanol rule when corn stocks low

Two U.S. lawmakers are seeking to dilute the requirement to blend increasing amounts of ethanol into the nation’s motor fuel mix, aiming to alleviate upward pressure on food prices when corn supplies are short. (Reuters)

Government has no business mandating this nonsense in the first place

Certain biofuel mandates unlikely to be met by 2022; unless new technologies, policies developed

WASHINGTON — It is unlikely the United States will meet some specific biofuel mandates under the current Renewable Fuel Standard by 2022 unless innovative technologies are developed or policies change, says a new congressionally requested report from the National Research Council, which adds that the standard may be an ineffective policy for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving this standard would likely increase federal budget outlays as well as have mixed economic and environmental effects. (EurekAlert)

Ethanol Industry Reacts to NAS Report

Comment on this post Posted by Cindy Zimmerman – October 4th, 2011
The ethanol industry is challenging a new report from the National Academies of Science that questions the ability of the biofuels industry to meet current goals under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) and the ability of biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (DomesticFuel)

Stupid ethanol mandates – urning export dollars

Analysis: Corn export dominance to bend, not break

For the first time in 40 years, U.S. corn exporters are not out-selling the rest of the world.

Domestic ethanol is sucking up record crops. Emerging suppliers like Brazil and Ukraine are taking export share, while traditional exporters like Argentina move to open new markets. And consumers worldwide are looking to save every penny, cutting shipping costs or using other types of feed.

After supplying four out of every five kernels of corn traded internationally in the mid-1990s, U.S. market share was projected to shrink to 45 percent this season, with U.S. dominance particularly hard hit in the past 10 years. (Reuters)

On the crime of “biofuels”

Biofuels May Push 120 Million Into Hunger, Qatar’s Shah Says
Rudy Ruitenberg

Biofuel policies in countries from Australia to the U.S. may push 120 million people into hunger by 2050 while doing little to halt climate change, said Mahendra Shah, an advisor to Qatar’s food security program.

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Another downside to idiotic ethanol subsidies and mandates

Insight: Chasing high corn prices, U.S. farmers skip rotations

Farmer Brian Schaumburg has planted corn for five straight years in some of the thousands of acres he tends in central Illinois.

Farmers who eschew crop rotations that help to replenish the soil with nutrients take a risk that yields will decline. But corn prices soared to a record earlier this year, making so-called corn-on-corn crops a worthwhile bet for many farmers in Illinois, the No. 2 U.S. corn state after Iowa.

“Last year and this year, we’re seeing a little yield drag but, even so, corn pays,” Schaumberg said from the air-conditioned cab of his crop-cutting combine as he mowed down tall corn stalks, gathering kernels of the yellow grain. (Reuters)

Former R-Corn, now ethanol promoter, promotes ethanol (!)

Nussle: Ethanol Ready to Put Citizens Back to Work
Jim Nussle

Sometimes the answers to the most vexing puzzles are right in front of us.

Today, unemployment is the unsolved puzzle that is posing a real threat to our economy. We must figure out which puzzle pieces go together to rev up the great American engine that is our job-creating economy.

At least one part of the answer is already here, creating jobs and helping to prop up our economy in some states. With the right policy moves — moves that would essentially lift the regulatory caps that prevent its natural expansion into what is currently a market captive to oil — the American ethanol industry can create jobs in every state. (Roll Call)

Robert L. Bradley Jr.: More False Hope About Renewable Energies That Consumers Reject

More False Hope About Renewable Energies That Consumers Reject
Robert L. Bradley Jr., CEO and founder of the Institute for Energy Research, says that alternative energy sources fail the cost, reliability and scalability tests.

Americans seek affordable energy and expect greater fiscal prudence from Washington. Yet the Obama administration continues to tout economically failing, deficit-swelling renewables as the elixir to our economic and energy needs.

“Green jobs” is the code word for the ruse, which is nothing more than artificial job creation for energies that consumers emphatically reject.

Don’t be fooled by the political hype. Alternative energy sources fail the cost, reliability, and scalability tests. Whether it is ethanol for transportation or wind and solar for electricity, politically correct energies are an economic drain. (Forbes)

Analysis: Ethanol industry to stay hungry for U.S. corn

Analysis: Ethanol industry to stay hungry for U.S. corn

The U.S. ethanol industry is keeping its foot on the gas pedal at production plants, and if the trend continues it could defy a government forecast that the industry will have its first drop in corn use since the turn of the century.

The government forecast, which was issued on Monday, was based on expected weaker gasoline use and higher corn prices. Ethanol is blended with gasoline. In addition, some analysts said the expiration of an industry tax credit at the end of the year could also eat into profits.

But for the near term, both domestic and export sales are strong, plus profit margins — though volatile — are largely healthy, factors that should feed continued strong demand for corn for ethanol. (Reuters)

Biofuels useless treatment for DiOxyCarbophobia; Junior says “Never mind the quality, feel the width”

Bioenergy targets based on flawed science, report shows

Existing targets for biofuels and other forms of bioenergy are based on flawed carbon accounting and should be revised downwards, a draft report by a panel of 19 top European scientists showed. (Reuters)

‘Serious’ Error Found in Carbon Savings for Biofuels
JAMES KANTER

The European Union is overestimating the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through reliance on biofuels as a result of a “serious accounting error,” according to a draft opinion by an influential committee of 19 scientists and academics.

The European Environment Agency Scientific Committee writes that the role of energy from crops like biofuels in curbing warming gases should be measured by how much additional carbon dioxide such crops absorb beyond what would have been absorbed anyway by existing fields, forests and grasslands.

Instead, the European Union has been “double counting” some of the savings, according to the draft opinion, which was prepared by the committee in May and viewed this week by The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times.

Despite the only “value” of biofuel being to reduce the anxiety of those poor souls living in terror of DiOCarbs (O2C) Pielke Jr. insists we should be thrilled about the “carbon free” energy (which it isn’t, it is still hydrocarbons but from a crappy, inefficient source). The bottom line is that it is still all about denying you abundant, affordable energy.

Don’t Count Carbon, Count Carbon Free Energy Supply Instead

In case you wanted more evidence that policies based on accounting for carbon dioxide emissions are hopeless, the NYT reports that a scientific advisory body to the EU is going to soon issue a report that undercuts the carbon accounting of the UN FCCC and its Kyoto protocol as well as a host of EU biofuels policies: (Roger Pielke Jr.)

Pointless, unsustainable ‘green industries’ begin inevitable train wreck

Congressional Investigator: More Solar Bankruptcies to Come
Lachlan Markay

A top congressional investigator said on Tuesday that he believes more companies that benefitted from the stimulus bill’s renewable energy loan guarantee program will go bankrupt before all allotted funds are spent. (The Foundry)

Merkel’s Solyndra – Germany’s Green Industries Start Their Collapse
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PlayStation® climatology threatens agriculture

If those suffering DiOCarb Spectrum Disorders would settle down and leave agriculture producing food rather than pretend fuels then there would be significantly larger grain stocks and only political worries feeding the world’s population. Forget biofuels, they compete with people and critters.

In the world’s breadbasket, climate change feeds some worry

It can’t happen here, can it?

The United States, the breadbasket and supplier of last resort for a hungry world, has been such an amazing food producer in the last half-century that most Americans take for granted annual bounteous harvests of grain, meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables and other crops.

When horrific images of drought or famine in Africa, Asia or other regions land in American media, America is usually first in line with food aid shipments, air drops, and other rescue efforts from its seemingly endless stores.

The U.S. alone accounts for half of all world corn exports, 40 percent of soybean exports and 30 percent of wheat exports.

But climate change fears are sounding some warning bells. (Reuters)

“Renewable’s” dirty secret, its dependence on fossil energy

Study: Cost of renewable energy will rise along with cost of oil

An article published in the September 2011 edition of Nature Climate Change determines the cost of renewable energy will not become more competitive as fossil fuel prices rise, because fossil fuels account for large portions of the cost to manufacture, transport, and mine materials for renewable sources. Over the entire life-cycle of energy production from these renewable sources, significant portions were originally derived from fossil fuels:

Wind: 34% of life-cycle energy production from fossil fuels used in manufacturing
Solar: 33%
Ethanol: 100%

The article admits that in most life cycle analyses of renewable energy sources, the inconvenient truth of significant use of fossil fuels is omitted from the analyses. (Hockey Schtick)

Rick Perry takes a principled stand while Big Corn admits cellulosic ethanol is about as plentiful as unicorn poop

Rick Perry on Ethanol
BRIAN MCGRAW

Rick Perry seems to be taking a tough position against government support for renewable fuels: (Cooler Heads)

Corn/Cellulosic Ethanol Infighting
BRIAN MCGRAW

A blog post at the National Corn Grower’s Association, which has since been taken down, was titled: “If the Government Could Mandate Unicorns…” A cached version is here.

When a two year-old throws a temper tantrum because he cannot have a pet unicorn, it can seem confusing, annoying or possibly endearing.  No matter which gut reaction a parent has, they universally understand the need to explain the concept of “nonexistent.” When the Environmental Protection Agency continually demands the impossible, why are they treated any differently?

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Cellulosic ethanol and other fairy stories

Where is the Cellulosic Ethanol?
by BRIAN MCGRAW on AUGUST 17, 2011

Last month the EPA released its proposed 2012 cellulosic ethanol “mandate.” It suggests that there will be somewhere between 3.45-12.9 million gallons of qualifying cellulosic ethanol produced in 2012, though the number will be finalized in November. Note, as discussed previously, the industry has still not produced any qualifying cellulosic ethanol, and the EPA has consistently lowered the ‘mandate’ by over 90% in previous years. (A recently announced cellulosic plant claims it will produce cellulosic ethanol from, wait for it, corn waste. So much for being a bridge fuel to the future). (Cooler Heads)

Stop this nonsense. Now!

Obama administration to stimulate biofuel industry

The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a $510 million initiative to boost the production of next-generation biofuels.

Under the plan sponsored by the Navy, Energy and Agriculture departments, companies will be invited to bid on new biofuel projects where the government will match the investment.

“The President understands that for us to be more competitive economically and for us to be more secure, we need a diversification in our energy choices rather than continuing to blindly support oil producing monopolies,” Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said. (Reuters)

Manhattan Moment: Pork barrel ethanol subsidies have doubled corn prices
Robert Bryce

Last month, with Washington mired in the debt ceiling battle and facing a potential default, public disapproval of Congress reached a record 82 percent.

That figure might have been a little lower had Congress succeeded in solving another long-festering issue: putting an end to the massive subsidies being given to the corn ethanol scam. Alas, it was not to be. (Washington Examiner)