Biofuel- Ethanol Articles

Ethanol Bust Adds to U.S. Fuel Glut and Losses Across Corn Belt

Mario Parker

March 22, 2016  Updated on March 23, 2016 

The 400-or-so residents of Waltonville, Illinois, have been waiting almost a decade to cash in on the U.S. ethanol boom. Now, that day may never come as a prolonged fuel glut alters the economics of corn for communities across the Midwest…Read the Article>>


The Renewable Fuel Standard

FEB. 8, 2016

To the Editor:

Ethanol Mandate Faces Growing Resistance, Even in Iowa” (news article, Feb. 1), about the Renewable Fuel Standard, doesn’t mention critical facts about the program.

While dismissively termed the “ethanol mandate,” the standard is about much more. The program stimulates growth in several alternative fuels, including advanced biofuels like biodiesel that the Environmental Protection Agency says cut carbon emissions by at least 50 percent compared with petroleum fuels.

It has helped biodiesel — made across the country from recycled cooking oil, animal fats and agricultural oils — grow from a niche fuel into a two-billion-gallon-a-year, commercial-scale industry.

And the Renewable Fuel Standard is working. We’re importing less oil than at any time since 1991, diversifying a fuel supply dangerously reliant on fossil fuels and helping the United States meet its commitment to fight climate change.

Since the R.F.S.-2 was fully implemented, grain commodity prices have fallen in the neighborhood of20 percent, while grocery prices set by the food manufacturers have not followed.

JOE JOBE- Chief Executive- National Biodiesel Board- Jefferson City, Mo.


Corn Ethanol: the Rise and Fall of a Political Force

By The Conversation | Contributor Feb. 3, 2016

By Tristan R. Brown

…Now, however, more politicians – and voters – question or openly criticize corn ethanol, saying it’s been a boon to Iowa but has provided little in the way of environmental benefits or energy security…Read the article>>


The Problem With the Ethanol Mandate That Iowa Loves

By MARGO OGE – JAN. 29, 2016


Our Federal Policy on the Use of Ethanol

MARCH 20, 2015

To the Editor:

Re “End the Ethanol Rip-Off,” by Robert Bryce (Op-Ed, March 10):

The notion that the Renewable Fuel Standard is somehow a hidden tax is a strange assessment for a policy that is reducing costs for taxpayers and consumers. The fuel standard has lowered gas prices and reduced the enormous costs borne by relying on a single, volatile fuel source — petroleum.

Contrary to Mr. Bryce’s claims, blending 10 percent ethanol into gasoline has saved consumers roughly six cents per gallon since the bipartisan law passed in 2005. And thanks to the fuel standard, at least $47.2 billion worth of imported crude was displaced by clean, homegrown fuel in 2012, according to the Energy Department. With domestically produced ethanol in our fuel supply, America has significantly reduced the overall demand, and the corresponding cost of gasoline.

Far from a rip-off for motorists and taxpayers, the fuel standard is an economic payoff.



The writer is the director of transportation at the American Council on Renewable Energy.