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Faced with a crop of lemons — too much ethanol
, a population of cars not tuned to burn it effectively and a driving public leery of the fuel’s properties — the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to make lemonade.The effort to ...
The battle between U.S. ethanol
producers and oil companies has reached a turning point, with the winners poised to gain an advantage over the future of the country’s energy mix and the losers forced to cede profits and jobs to their bitter ...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has consistently over-estimated the prospects for production of advanced biofuels from non-food crops, adding to the impression of a biofuel policy that is out of step with reality.
The U.S. ...
After getting slammed last summer, ethanol
producers are hoping to catch a break--but their fate is far from settled.
Bill Pracht has bad memories of last summer. "The drought was so bad here that the corn was just decimated," he recalls ...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon issue a final ruling that aims to force oil companies to replace E10, gasoline mixed with 10 percent ethanol
, with E15.
This move could come just as widespread support for ethanol
Corn based ethanol
makes up 10% of the fuel mix in the US and EPA
has approved a 15% mix. But last year 20 ethanol
producers closed up shop. Wallace Tyner, an energy economist at Purdue University explains to host Steve Curwood why small ethanol
A study released today showing fuel containing 15 percent ethanol
could damage a "substantial" number of cars on the road underscores the need to repeal federal biofuel mandates, according to the oil industry.
The study conducted by the ...
The US biofuel industry is facing uncertainty over its future policy landscape, after a court ruling on Friday effectively scrapped a 2012 target governing the use of second generation cellulosic biofuel.
The D.C Circuit Court upheld a ...
In coming days, the Environmental Protection Agency’s to-do list will include setting a standard for the amount of advanced biofuels that refiners will be required to blend
into gasoline and diesel supplies in 2013. The question is tricky because ...
Leading road travel group AAA on Friday called on the U.S. government to suspend the sale of gasoline with a higher blend
fuel, the latest opposition against increasing the use of biofuels in transport.
A lack of public ...
Before the U.S. biofuels boom took off in 2007, the food vs. fuel debate raged: can we afford to use corn for ethanol
in a starving world?
Five years later, farm bankers ask: can we afford not to?
"Ethanol demand is the linchpin ...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said it has begun weighing requests to suspend the U.S. ethanol
mandate, which requires refiners to blend ethanol
into gasoline, and is seeking public feedback.
The governors of North ...
A U.S. appeals court upheld government approval for a higher blend
of corn ethanol
into gasoline on Friday in a ruling that may help the biofuels industry in the longer term but have little immediate impact on sales.
In a 2-1 ruling, the ...
Experts working on a food security report for the United Nations warn climate change will cause disruptions to global food supplies beyond the U.S. drought this year, according to Reuters.
The researchers note in a forthcoming chapter ...
The U.S. ethanol
industry's efforts to win public support for putting more corn-based fuel in gasoline has run into a fierce, unmovable enemy.
A withering Midwestern drought has reignited the debate over "food ...
Oppressive heat and a worsening drought in the Midwest pushed grain prices near or past records on Wednesday as crops wilted, cities baked and concerns grew about food and fuel price inflation in the world's top food exporter.
As I write in The Times, this week a gas station operator in Lawrence, Kan., just west of Kansas City, became the first in the nation to offer e15, the 15 percent ethanol blend
that was approved in 2010 for some cars by the Environmental ...
Intended as an additive to gasoline, ethanol
in modern times was meant to stretch America’s fuel supplies, much as a cook uses chicken stock to increase the volume of a soup. By federal mandate, ethanol
makes up about 10 percent of most fuel that ...
Big oil and natural gas companies vastly outspend and outman the renewable fuels industry on Capitol Hill, but the general gridlock in Washington gives advocates of wind, ethanol
and other new-age sources an edge in the growing battle to overhaul ...
A surge in domestic oil and natural gas production and a decline in national political support for grain-fed biofuels threatens to cripple Iowa’s more than $20 billion renewable energy industry just as it has matured into a major force in the ...
After a decade of promise, advanced biofuels makers are entering a crucial make-or-break period with the first of a new generation of production facilities about to come on line.
The new facilities are designed to take biofuels beyond ...
The auto and oil industries plan to release a report on Wednesday indicating that some cars running on E15, the 15 percent ethanol blend
that was recently authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency, experienced engine damage.
This isn't just a bit of environmental trivia. There's a fierce battle in the United States over whether the Environmental Protection Agency should allow more diesel made from palm oil to be used by U.S. refineries. Agribusiness groups are ...
Twenty companies, including Archer-Daniels-Midland Co and Cargill Inc, have been cleared to produce the new ethanol
grade called E15, a significant step toward putting the higher blend
biofuel on sale, the government announced on ...
When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law.But ...