Food Prices and Ethanol Mandates

By Andy May This post is a follow up to my previous post on biofuels, here we discuss the impact of biofuels on food prices in more detail. Ethanol has been produced in large quantities in the United States for fuel since 1978. That was the year the Congress passed the Energy Tax Act (Tyner…

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Biofuels

By Andy May According to Exxon-Mobil, 9% of the world’s energy came from biofuels in 2017. They do not expect this percentage to increase by 2040, and it may go down. For the most part it is a developing world fuel. Primary biofuels include dung, wood, wood chips and pellets. Secondary, or manufactured biofuels include…

No end in sight for the biofuel wars

Biofuels are unsustainable in every way, but still demand – and get – preferential treatment Guest post by Paul Driessen, The Big Oil-Big Biofuel wars rage on. From my perch, ethanol, biodiesel and “advanced biofuels” make about zero energy, economic or environmental sense. They make little political sense either, until you recognize that politics is…

Brazil’s Fires and Biofuels.

Guest post by Jim Steele What’s Natural Brazil’s Fires and Biofuels. Published in the Pacifica Tribune September 11, 2019 From leaf cutting ants that cultivate fungus gardens to flowers that fool potential pollinating insects into having sex, the magic of rainforest ecology always inspired my love for nature’s creativity. So, it’s no surprise that any…

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Trump Allows For Expanded Ethanol Sales As Chinese Tariffs Squeeze Farmers

From The Daily Caller Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday it would allow the year-round sale of higher ethanol gasoline. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the agency was fulfilling President Donald Trump’s promise to Midwestern agriculture states, which have been hit hard by retaliatory Chinese tariffs. EPA previously restricted…

Indonesia Threatens to Withdraw From Paris Agreement Over Palm Oil

From Telesur Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan referenced the U.S. and Brazil’s withdrawal from the agreement. As the European Union proceeds with a plan to ban crude palm oil (CPO) from use in raw bio-fuel materials, the government of Indonesia is threatening to back out of the Paris Agreement under the…

The ethanol gravy train rolls on

Opponents make compelling case but can’t derail or even slow this well-protected industry Guest opinion by Paul Driessen Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel; the way seriously…

Claim: sugarcane ethanol can replace 13.7% of global oil supply

From FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO and the “great gasoline famine of 2032” department Brazilian ethanol can replace 13.7 percent of world’s crude oil consumption Expansion of sugarcane cultivation for biofuel in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could also reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide by…

DC Swamp denizens strike back on biodiesel

While demand for biodiesel is down, senators and crony corporatists deep-six proposed EPA reductions in biodiesel mandates Guest opinion by Paul Driessen Despite what I thought were persuasive articles over the years (here, here and here, for example), corn ethanol and other biofuel mandates remain embedded in US law. As we have learned, once a…