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  • CATF, other groups push EPA to protect natural landscapes from biofuel crop expansion

    Clean Air Task Force and Earthjustice filed a petition on behalf of 11 environmental organizations demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency protect prairies and other natural habitats from being plowed under for the purpose of growing more biofuel crops.

  • More Ethanol, More Problems

    The ethanol industry produces more ethanol than the US fuel market can readily use.

  • Corn Ethanol Attacks Vermont!

    When a Washington-based lobbying outfit started airing television ads in Vermont that attack Rep. Peter Welch because he wants to scale back federal support for corn ethanol, the erstwhile Vermonter in me took offense. It has been a few years since I lived in Vermont, but I’ll probably always consider myself a Vermonter and I

  • First Things First: Capping Corn-Based Biofuel Production

    When Congress dramatically expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007, supporters of the revised RFS—which is supposed to push 36 billion gallons of biofuel into the US fuel market by 2022—touted the program as a solution to our overdependence on foreign oil, a cure for flagging rural economies, and a tool for reducing greenhouse gas […]

  • Corn Ethanol: The Next New Coke?

    How do you get Americans to pay for something they don’t really want in the first place? Most of the time – as in the case of New Coke, Harley Davidson Perfume, and the U.S. Football League – the answer is simple: you can’t. But where the Edsel failed, corn ethanol has somehow succeeded. Despite […]

  • Many Climate Decisions Ahead for EPA

    Whatever the symbolic importance of the Keystone XL decision, it is only one of several climate-related policy decisions facing the Administration this year – and arguably one of the less significant ones. The Environmental Impact Statement on the project produced by the U.S. Department of State estimates that stopping the pipeline would avoid between 3 […]

  • Subsidizing Conventional Biofuels: An Idea Whose Time is Over

    Finally, policies that prop up biofuels production are in the crosshairs, and not a moment too soon. Because over the last decade, the biofuels industry has grown accustomed to getting whatever it wants, with no questions asked. Those days, at long last, appear to be over. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 283-128 […]