Aguanomics: American politicians sacrifice citizens for ethanol

Environmental Economics

David Zetland: I've opposed subsidies to corn production and ethanol blending mandates for many years ( this and this argument ), but these disastrous programs continue to destroy the environment, destabilize agricultural commodity markets, and raise the price of food for the world's poorest. Forty percent of the US corn crop is going into ethanol , which means no buffer capacity for production shocks elsewhere.

Ethanol saves oil and reduces pollution

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Ethanol saves oil and reduces pollution, or so we are being told. Ethanol, one of the so-called biofuels, the other is biodiesel, is produced, primarily, especially in the USA, from corn (maize), with biodiesel, mainly, being made from palm oil. And then more fuel, in the form of energy, is required for the processing of the maize into ethanol, followed by yet more fuel to get the ethanol to the filling stations.

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Trending Sources

Ethanol Industry Sues California

Green Living Ideas

The Federal government is asking the fuel industry to incrementally raise the levels of ethanol in the country’s gas. The California Air Resources Board counts indirect GHG’s created in the production of [.] [ Ethanol Industry Sues California from Green Living Ideas ]. low carbon fuel standard Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers the American Coalition for Ethanol the Renewable Fuels Association the Rocky Mountain Farmers union

Side effect of the ethanol mandate?

Environmental Economics

Fire officials said three of the cars that derailed were tankers that each carried 30,000 gallons of ethanol. Firefighters now hope to extinguish within a few hours the fire that has burned since a train derailed and exploded early today just south of the Ohio State Exposition Center, shooting flames that illuminated the night sky. Those were the cars that were primarily involved in the explosion and fire. via www.dispatch.com.

Daily demand and supply: ethanol (i.e., theory of 17th best)

Environmental Economics

" This stuff happens all the time and we need to just get accustomed to it: Nearly 10 percent of the nation’s ethanol plants have stopped production over the past year, in part because the drought that has ravaged much of the nation’s crops pushed commodity prices so high that ethanol has become too expensive to produce. A dip in gasoline consumption has compounded the industry’s problem by reducing the demand for ethanol.

Can we blame this on ethanol too?

Environmental Economics

Pheasant economics ( NY Times ): The pheasant, once king of Iowa’s nearly half-a-billion-dollar hunting industry, is vanishing from the state. Surveys show that the population in 2012 was the second lowest on record, 81 percent below the average over the past four decades. The loss, pheasant hunters say, is both economic and cultural. It stems from several years of excessively damp weather and animal predators.

The Case For and Against Ethanol

Green Home Blog

Ever since commercial production of corn-based ethanol first began – in 2004 in Canada and about 2008 in the United States – there have been highly vocal proponents and opponents. The first cite ethanol’s cleaner burn and a reduction of greenhouse gases and particulates. This faction also argues that corn-based ethanol is simply a “ feel good ” endeavor that allows liberals to pat themselves on the back. Returning to the subject of corn ethanol, the U.S.

Daily Demand and Supply: But at least we get ethanol*

Environmental Economics

Corn makes up more than two-thirds of chicken feed and corn prices hit an all-time high in 2012, due to two reasons: last summer’s drought and pressure from a federal government requirement that mandates 40 percent of our corn crop be turned into in the form of ethanol.”.   Darn those ethanol mandates and global warming. According to a press release posted Tuesday on the official website of the National Chicken Council in Washington, D.C.,

Ethanol will spike Popcorn Price!!!

Eco Friendly Daily

OON RAPIDS, Iowa – A tractor trailer rig rumbles into the Tall Corn Ethanol plant. Instead of white lightnin', the brew is converted to ethanol, a fuel that makes money for farmers and is seen as a possible solution to today's high oil and gas prices. Ethanol production in the United States is growing so quickly that, for the first time, farmers expect to sell as much corn this year to ethanol plants as they do overseas. "It's ethanol.

It's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use

Green (Living) Review

OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released two of its Working Group reports at the end of last month ( WGI and WGIII ), and their short discussion of biofuels has ignited a fierce debate as to whether they’re of any environmental benefit at all.

2017 122

"Can we finally get the ethanol mandate monkey off of our backs?"

Environmental Economics

Drought, extreme weather, and other factors combine to increase corn prices, and one of those factors is the federal ethanol mandate/renewable fuels requirement implemented over 20 years ago (as an oxygenate requirement) and extended in 2005. This year’s drought has been painful and costly, but if in the process it leads to the demise of ethanol subsidies,  boutique fuels , and the renewable fuels standard, that’s what I call a silver lining.

E-Fuel MicroFueler Makes Ethanol From Old Beer

Green Living Ideas

The E-Fuel MicroFueler is a still that turns waste products into 100% ethanol that you can put directly into your car- and it does it in a tank you can store at your home. The 250 gallon holding tank converts organic feedstock, including wine and beer, into ethanol through a still inside [.] [ E-Fuel MicroFueler Makes Ethanol From Old Beer from Green Living Ideas ].

Purifying Ethanol for Alcohol

Eco Friendly Daily

We all know that ethanol is being used in fuels; however, scientists are now researching the possibilities of using it as alcohol for beverages, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products. Their research will focus on new technologies to purify the element because even though the ethanol used in fuel is yeast-fermented like beverage alcohol is, it still must be further purified for human consumption.

Ethanol Producers Concerned About Antibiotic Regulation

Green Living Ideas

Antibiotic overuse concerns the health care industry, as bacterial infections have become resistant to them, but why are ethanol producers concerned? Ethanol Producers Concerned About Antibiotic Regulation. Tags: Ethanol alternative fuels antibiotics ethanol by-products FDA food prices health United States What do antibiotics have to do with making fuel from corn?

How to Make Ethanol

Eco Friendly Daily

Ethanol is also known as ethyl alcohol and grain alcohol. In yet another example of his forward thinking (he also pioneered soy as a sustainable fibre for clothing), Henry Ford designed the first version of his Model T Ford to run on ethanol. Though oil and gas interests defeated Ford’s proposal to make ethanol “the fuel of the future” its use has never totally disappeared in our society.

Breakthrough Technology Converts CO2 to Ethanol without Biomass

Green Living Ideas

Joule Biotechnologies has announced that it can [.] [ Breakthrough Technology Converts CO2 to Ethanol without Biomass from Green Living Ideas ]. Tags: Ethanol biofuel CO2 diesel fuel Technology Producing fuel out of thin air sounds like a pipe dream, but a new process from a biofuel company promises to be able to turn CO2 and sunlight into fuel, bypassing the current need for large amounts of agricultural land and water to produce biomass feedstock.

China to promote ethanol to minimize pollution

Eco Friendly Daily

China is considering a change in its energy policy to encourage the wider use of ethanol, a clean fuel made from agricultural products, to target the nation’s worsening air quality, a leading trader of the commodity said. Such a move would indicate crucial political support for investment in the production, import and distribution of the biofuel in China and could have an impact on world ethanol prices, which experts say will soon peak on current consumption patterns.

2017 40

Ethanol will spike Popcorn Price!!!

Eco Friendly Daily

OON RAPIDS, Iowa – A tractor trailer rig rumbles into the Tall Corn Ethanol plant. Instead of white lightnin', the brew is converted to ethanol, a fuel that makes money for farmers and is seen as a possible solution to today's high oil and gas prices. Ethanol production in the United States is growing so quickly that, for the first time, farmers expect to sell as much corn this year to ethanol plants as they do overseas. "It's ethanol.

HCL Clean Tech Finds Sugar for Ethanol in Mississippi Woods

Green Prophet

And he remembered that there was a German process [for] taking wood chips and hydrolyzing them to sugars and making ethanol from them.”. Cleantech, Science & Technology biofuel ethanol Israel United StatesKarin speaks with HCL Clean Tech CEO Eran Baniel (above) about wood to sugar developments in Mississippi. It’s not every day that an Israeli company based on the science of a Nazi collaborator wins a huge US contract.

Less Driving + More Ethanol = Less Energy

Sightline Daily

And there’s also been quite a lot of attention to ethanol—particularly the fact that US ethanol consumption has grown so quickly that refiners are starting to bump against the so-called “ blend wall ,” the point at which no more ethanol can be added to highway fuel without running into legal and/or technical troubles. But the two issues—declining gas consumption, increasing ethanol consumption—actually interact in interesting ways.

2 Sides To The Ethanol Food Crisis: What is Ethanol?

Eco Friendly Daily

There are two sides to almost every story, even when it comes to the truth about Ethanol. Is Ethanol really greener? There is very little black and white about the Ethanol debate, but there is plenty of propaganda for and against Ethanol to leave the average consumers undecided about the truth. What is Ethanol? In short, Ethanol is an alternative fuel derived from plants. Ethanol rapidly biodegrades in water and soil.

Ethanol Yields Increased 20% by Soaking Corn First

Green Living Ideas

Ethanol production has its detractors in those who point out the inefficiencies of the process and the use of agricultural land and water involved, but a new process may help to change some of that. Soaking the kernels of corn before grinding them in ethanol production results in more ethanol and usable [.] [ Ethanol Yields Increased 20% by Soaking Corn First from Green Living Ideas ]. Tags: Ethanol Biofuels Cereal Chemistry corn fermentation

Ethanol Yields Increased 20% by Soaking Corn First

Green Living Ideas

Ethanol production has its detractors in those who point out the inefficiencies of the process and the use of agricultural land and water involved, but a new process may help to change some of that. Soaking the kernels of corn before grinding them in ethanol production results in more ethanol and usable [.] [ Ethanol Yields Increased 20% by Soaking Corn First from Green Living Ideas ]. Tags: Ethanol Biofuels Cereal Chemistry corn fermentation

2 Sides To The Ethanol Food Crisis: Fueling the Food Crisis

Eco Friendly Daily

Now that you have read What is Ethanol: Part One, you know what Ethanol is and how it is made, but did you know there is an ongoing debate about Ethanol’s part in today food crisis and high prices? Take Ethanol for example, is Ethanol really fueling the Food Crisis? They argue that by placing “pressure on global supplies of edible crops, the surge in ethanol production will translate into higher prices for both processed and staple foods around the world.

Sugarcane ethanol already meets California low carbon fuel standard, says Brazilian Sugarcane Association

Green (Living) Review

Industry comments submitted to California Air Resources Board underscore sugarcane ethanol's recognized carbon reduction levels By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sugarcane ethanol's carbon intensity is even lower than initially calculated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), according to comments submitted today by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). Sugarcane ethanol has a verifiable reduction in greenhouse gases of 90% compared to gasoline.

Follow the bouncing ball of ethanol policy

Environmental Economics

  EPA’s mismanagement of SREs has created an artificial cap on domestic demand for ethanol and driven RIN values to near-zero, which weakens the incentive for retailers to offer higher blends. POET can continue to produce ethanol with cheap grain, but we don’t want to lose our family farmers. I'm just going to leave this here. I have no idea where to start.

China to promote ethanol to minimize pollution

Eco Friendly Daily

China is considering a change in its energy policy to encourage the wider use of ethanol, a clean fuel made from agricultural products, to target the nation’s worsening air quality, a leading trader of the commodity said. Such a move would indicate crucial political support for investment in the production, import and distribution of the biofuel in China and could have an impact on world ethanol prices, which experts say will soon peak on current consumption patterns.

Aromatic ethanol based portable fireplace to ward off the cold

EcoFriend

In a world where natural resources are dwindling, it’s important that alternatives are sought to lessen the burden on the environment, which is why this portable fireplace that runs on ethanol comes as such a welcome sight. Portable Ethanol Fireplace. Portable Ethanol Fireplace. Portable Ethanol Fireplace With An Aroma Diffuser. What we love about the ethanol fireplace is its portability.

Ethanol production consumed 861 billion gallons of water in '07

Green (Living) Review

by Michel Smith (Veshengro) It would appear that, in some way, the reason that everyone was getting all angry about ethanol in 2008 was all for the wrong reason. But, this year, a Congressional Budget Office report has concluded that only a small percentage of the increase in food prices was due to ethanol. But that doesn't mean we should all jump back on the ethanol bandwagon. The study says that ethanol production required about 861 billion gallons of water.

Is Biofuel a Renewable Energy Source?

Green Living Guy

clean energy Climate Change Climate Resiliency Eco Friendly Products Environment global warming going green green living organic pollution sustainability biofuel cooking oil deforestation ethanol pollutants recycle reduce carbon footprint soil erosion starch sugar vegetable oil

Ethanol Production Slows In United States

Eco Friendly Daily

Ethanol, once touted as an energy solution, is in overabundance in the United States. Due to the current economic crisis and people driving less, plants are shutting down and refiners are buying less ethanol. While gas prices were extremely high, refiners were purchasing the maximum amounts of ethanol able to be mixed with gasoline. However, refiners are now purchasing the minimum amounts of ethanol.

Ethanol Fuel – The Controversy Behind It

Eco Friendly Daily

As oil reserves run out, petrol prices rise and the climate continues to change, people are increasingly looking towards ethanol fuel as a potential solution to all of these problems. Ethanol is more commonly known as the alcohol found in alcoholic drinks. The vast majority of ethanol that is used for drinking and in fuels is produced by the fermentation of sugars. In Brazil, the largest user of ethanol as a fuel, the liquid is obtained by the fermentation of sugar beat.

Ethanol Yields Increased 20% by Soaking Corn First

Green Living Ideas

Ethanol production has its detractors in those who point out the inefficiencies of the process and the use of agricultural land and water involved, but a new process may help to change some of that. Soaking the kernels of corn before grinding them in ethanol production results in more ethanol and usable [.] [ Ethanol Yields Increased 20% by Soaking Corn First from Green Living Ideas

Ethanol Yields Increased 20% by Soaking Corn First

Green Living Ideas

Ethanol production has its detractors in those who point out the inefficiencies of the process and the use of agricultural land and water involved, but a new process may help to change some of that. Soaking the kernels of corn before grinding them in ethanol production results in more ethanol and usable [.] [ Ethanol Yields Increased 20% by Soaking Corn First from Green Living Ideas

New, Less Expensive Method For Producing Ethanol Discovered

Eco Friendly Daily

This is called cellulosic ethanol and the process to create it is known and used, but expensive. The current way in which to produce cellulosic ethanol often involves enzymes which are expensive. However, a more cost-effective way of producing the ethanol may have been discovered by a duo of researchers at the University of Wisconsin. Raines, have discovered a process using salt with a low melting point, alongside water and acids, in order to produce cellulosic ethanol.

California beet farmers to construct a massive bio refinery for producing ethanol

EcoFriend

In a conscientious turn of events, the farmers have embarked on an ambitious endeavor to grow sugar beets for supplying a local bio refinery, which would produce commercial ethanol for the state of California. This proposal entails the starting of a small scale bio refinery, which would be capable of producing 1 million gallons of ethanol from 250 acres of beets harvested in a year round cycle.

New Facilities In Midwest Could Produce Ethanol; Support Farmers

Eco Friendly Daily

New facilities in the Midwest are hoping to increase ethanol production for the United States and profit for farmers. Companies are hoping to turn materials such as corn cobs into plentiful ethanol. However, this refuse could be turned into ethanol with the help of cellulosic ethanol plants. With the diverse array of materials available to produce ethanol, the Renewable Fuels Association feels there is great promise for these plants.

On the end of ethanol subsidies

Environmental Economics

Which aren't ending: On the ethanol subsidy, critics wanted to eliminate, as of July 1, the 45-cent-per-gallon tax credit offered to refiners for using the corn-based fuel at an estimated cost of nearly $6 billion a year. Those who opposed him, while acknowledging that the ethanol subsidies are likely to be eased out eventually, said it would be disruptive to the agricultural and fuel markets to make a sudden change. “We

The skeptical environmentalist on biofuels

Environmental Economics

Blog powered by TypePad Member since 05/2005 « EnvEcon NCAA Bracket Challenge Update | Main | The only thing I ask is that you please not treat me like a celebrity » March 16, 2011 The skeptical environmentalist on biofuels Bjørn Lomborg: The United States spends about $6 billion a year on federal support for ethanol production through tax credits, tariffs, and other programs. Since 2008, ethanol production has increased by 33 percent.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, March 20

Cool Green Science

Ethanol’s promise and production is fading in rural America. ( On our radar this morning: more bad news for elephants. 89 elephants have been slaughtered in Chad (and ivory passed $2000 a kilogram on Asia’s black market). Aljazeera ). John Kerry pushes for an Antarctic Ocean Reserve in what he calls a “living laboratory.” ” ( National Geographic ). The New York Times ). Wildfires already ? Colorado braces itself for an early start to the season. Grist ).

2000 45

Q: What do you get when you cross environmentalists with Tea Partiers?*

Environmental Economics

A: Common ground on the bad environmental economics of the ethanol mandate. The summary: This week, the EPA is expected to announce changes to the ethanol mandate, a 2007 law that requires energy companies to mix billions of gallons of ethanol into gasoline and diesel fuels. After six years in the mix, corn-based ethanol has lost its popularity, and a diverse group of critics is calling for the law's repeal. And who is the American Coalition for Ethanol?

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, November 12

Cool Green Science

Corn-based ethanol is badly hurting the environment. ( Climate Change Global Warming The Green Buzz United States COP COP19 daily news Discovery News ethanol global warming green news ivory Mongabay Philippines Planet Change rainforest warsaw The internet is buzzing with climate change news today. Here are today’s top 5 green news stories. Aerial photos reveal secret roads in the heart of the world’s richest rainforest. Mongabay ).

2013 47

Biofuel from Plastic for this Young Egyptian Scientist from Alexandria

Green Prophet

But Faiad has found a high yield catalyst, aluminosilicate catalyst, that breaks down plastic waste producing gaseous products like methane, propane and ethane, which are then converted into ethanol to use as biofuel. Cleantech, Science & Technology Energy Alexandria biofuel cellulose Egypt ethanol jatropha researchAzza Abdel Hamid Faiad was the winner of the 2011 European Union Contest for Young Scientists for finding a new way of turning plastic into biofuel.