Climate Change Forces Halt In Ethanol Production

By: Monday February 11, 2013 9:27 am

The droughts in the Midwest caused by Climate Change are taking their toll on corn production. The situation has now deteriorated to the point where corn-based ethanol production facilities have been halted due to lack of supply. The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly [...]

Wind Energy’s Boom and Bust Cycles

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 11:36 am

Tim McDonnell has a good, depressing piece on the wind power industry scrambling to extend the production tax credit, and the carnage that will face the industry if they fail. This has been turned into an electoral issue because of the prominence of the industry in swing states like Iowa and Colorado, and because Mitt [...]

EPA “Good Neighbor” Interstate Pollution Rule Overturned By DC Circuit Court

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 6:58 am

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court, voting 2-1 on partisan lines, has struck down the EPA’s “good neighbor” air pollution rule, which attempted to protect Eastern states from upwind pollution from Midwest and Southern states via tougher pollution laws. A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a key Obama administration air pollution rule [...]

Administration May Tap Strategic Petroleum Reserves After Run-Up in Gas Prices

By: Friday August 17, 2012 7:35 am

Gas prices have shot up 30 cents over the last month, and stand at $3.71 a barrel gallon nationwide, the highest level since mid-May. Rising oil prices and a refinery fire in northern California have caused most of the price increase, but some of this is also due to the possibility of an Israeli strike [...]

Governors Ask EPA to Suspend Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 12:54 pm

Four states have asked the EPA to waive the renewable fuels standard that forces the nation to generate more corn-based ethanol at a time of significant drought and a corn shortage. The states all have Democratic Governors, though two of them come from the South. The worst drought in 50 years has sent corn prices [...]

UN Begs US to Stop Corn-Based Ethanol Production During Drought

By: Friday August 10, 2012 8:15 am

The USDA announced that this year’s corn yield will be the lowest since 1995. As a result corn prices are projected to reach a record high, between $7.50 to $8.90 a bushel. To add a contrarian anecdote, the corn at my farmer’s market remains steady at 3 ears for $2.00, but that could change as [...]

Drought Relief Bill Passes House, But Won’t Help Livestock Producers Through August

By: Friday August 3, 2012 8:15 am

The House of Representatives passed their one-year drought relief bill by a relatively thin margin yesterday, 223-197. They needed 35 votes from Democrats to get it across the line, as 46 Republicans begged off the bill. Here’s the roll call. The House passed this on the last possible day of the session before the August [...]

House Game-Playing on Farm Bill, Drought Relief

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 10:24 am

The House will take up its standalone disaster relief bill today, which will serve as a talking point in rural Republican districts as “action” being taken to respond to the historic drought plaguing the country. The House waited until the last possible day before the August recess to pass the measure, giving the Senate basically [...]

Ethanol Fight Moves to Renewable Fuels Standard

By: Friday December 30, 2011 8:12 am

The $6 billion-a-year ethanol subsidy really will expire in a matter of days. But that may not spell the end of ethanol-based tax credits. Specifically, the $1.01-a-gallon production tax credit for cellulosic ethanol – made from switchgrass or wood chips or corn husks – is a priority for the renewable fuels industry. That production tax [...]

Ethanol Subsidy Set to Expire

By: Friday December 23, 2011 9:35 am

Sometimes it’s good when expiring measures expire. Case in point: while Congress wrapped up business today by extending the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and a doctor’s fix, they neglected a host of other expiring tax measures. I mentioned some of the more disappointing expirations, including production tax credits for wind power, and subsidies to [...]

Green Scissors Coalition Identifies Hundreds of Billions in Wasteful Subsidies

By: Wednesday August 24, 2011 2:23 pm

The next couple months will be consumed with discussion about the Catfood Commission II, and their efforts to reach a $1.5 trillion or higher deficit package. This will frustrate any attempt to pivot to jobs. But as long as that’s known, activists and organizations can point out best practices on that committee while trying to [...]

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