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By Russ Finley on Jul 25, 2012 with 5 responses

Ethanol Saved Consumers $134,400,000,000 in 2011?


Back in 2009 two researchers released a study that suggested corn ethanol was saving American’s money at the gas pump. I wrote to one of the authors asking for clarification. His reply:

In the paper, we conclude that evaluated at the average ethanol production level of 01/1995-03/2008, the wholesale gasoline prices is $0.14/gallon lower. The change of retail gasoline prices varies across refinery markets from $0.29-$0.40/gallon.


By Russ Finley on Apr 22, 2012 with 7 responses

Why is the Gov’t Mandating E15 if Big Ethanol is Unwilling to Back it?

The Domestic Fuels Protection Act Racket Just classic. According to Consumer Reports, the corn ethanol lobby has introduced legislation that would:  “ … leave consumers on the hook for any product damage caused by E15 …Rather than trying to solve the problem of preventing damage from E15 and easing its transition into the marketplace, this bill would simply sweep aside all liability for everyone but the consumer,” That picture of a decomposed  gasket is an example of what happens over time when an improperly engineered component meets a corrosive compound at elevated pressures and temperatures. In this case, the compound was coffee in an espresso machine.  Click here to see a gasket destroyed by ethanol in a gasoline engine. It’s… Continue»

By Russ Finley on Mar 13, 2012 with 10 responses

Study Suggests Corn Ethanol Can’t Get There From Here

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A new study published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal by the American Chemical Society, has this to say about “the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) aims to increase annual U.S. biofuel (secondary bioenergy) production by more than 3-fold” :

While EISA energy targets are theoretically achievable, we show that meeting these targets utilizing current technology would require either an 80% displacement of current crop harvest or the conversion of 60% of rangeland productivity. Accordingly, realistically constrained estimates of bioenergy potential are critical for effective incorporation of bioenergy into the national energy portfolio.

I can hardly wait to see the critique of this study that will be cobbled together by the RFA and Growth Energy–the dynamic duo of corn ethanol lobbying organizations.


By Russ Finley on Feb 23, 2012 with 10 responses

E15 Update: When Will it Receive Final Approval?

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Note how the brightly colored original warning label with easy to read contrasting text first proposed by the EPA on the left has, under pressure from ethanol lobbyists, evolved into a dull, greasy looking sticker replete with small print that should quickly fade even further into the background as it accumulates gas pump grime. This sticker is the backbone of the EPA’s “misfueling mitigation plan.”

Picture a harried low-income parent in a hurry to pick up a kid at daycare before it closes, who has to first gas up their older model car. Assuming this parent even notices the bland warning sticker, their thought process might go something like this; “Here’s the lowest priced gas. Up to 15% ethanol? Sounds like a good deal to me. Not sure what year this car was made …wonder what the fine print says.”


By Robert Rapier on Dec 8, 2010 with 57 responses

How the RFA Wastes Your Tax Dollars – Part II: Blatant Dishonesty and a Debate Challenge

In Part I we saw that the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) pays for shoddy studies and then cites them to fear-monger into getting more tax dollars. Hypocritically, when they are challenged with a critical point on ethanol, they attempt to cast doubt by questioning the source of funding from the challenger (as shown here). Here in Part II, I will show that the RFA is guilty of misrepresentation so blatant that it can only be called dishonesty. Perhaps the biggest irony in all of this is that our tax dollars via the ethanol subsidies keep groups like the RFA in business. The circle goes like this: Tax dollars and mandates create and support an ethanol industry. Some of the money… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Dec 6, 2010 with 28 responses

How the RFA Wastes Your Tax Dollars – Part I: How Much is a Job Worth?

Over the next two posts, I will examine some of the tactics used by the Renewable Fuels Association to justify keeping the $6 billion ethanol subsidy that was made almost entirely redundant when the the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was passed into law in  2005. Not satisfied with a market that is mandated by law to grow by 25% between now and 2015, the ethanol lobby insists that they need the subsidies as well. As I will show, they have no qualms about deceiving people to get their way. In this post, I will cover a tactic that the RFA has previously condemned in others: Paying for self-serving research. I will also show that the amount of taxpayer money they… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Nov 5, 2010 with 75 responses

The Stroke of a Pen

Bob Dinneen wants Congress to extend ethanol tax credits with “a stroke of the pen, a little bit of Whiteout, just change the date.”

By Nathanael Greene on Jul 19, 2010 with 2 responses

CBO Report Shows The Folly of Corn Ethanol Tax Credit

A new report released by the Congressional Budget Office yesterday afternoon reaches some eye popping conclusions about what our lavish support for old corn ethanol is costing us. For mature and mainstream corn ethanol, we the tax payers are shelling out $1.78 per gallon before we even pay for it at the pump. As I’ve written a lot about before, this comes on top of a federal mandate, which this year requires 12 billion gallons. That adds up to a total cost of over $21 billion just this year! The industry is already is heavy spin mode, but even it has to acknowledge the sticker shock. RFA’s early response amounts to “sure it’s expensive, but what else are you going… Continue»

By Nathanael Greene on May 7, 2010 with no responses

Corn Ethanol Trying to Ride the Gulf Spill to Higher Volumes

Yesterday, RFA delivered a letter to President Obama urging immediate solution and long-term strategies in response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Certainly both are needed, but unfortunately RFA’s solutions amount to using more corn ethanol today and even more tomorrow, which is really no solution at all. Given the economic cost that corn ethanol imposes on the Gulf of Mexico every summer in the form the dead zone caused largely by nitrogen running off corn fields all along the Mississippi, more corn ethanol would be demonstrably bad for the very people most heavily impacted by the oil spill. NRDC staff are in the region working to support the local groups that will have to respond first… Continue»