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  • Governor (Iowa) wants to mandate blended fuel

    01/28/2021 12:23:43 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 43 replies
    Atlantic News Telegraph ^ | 01/24/21 | Jeff Lundquist
    DES MOINES — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that she wants to require that all fuel sold in the state to contain either ethanol or biodiesel. Reynolds’ comments came at the Iowa Iowa Renewable Fuels virtual summit Tuesday where she proposed legislation mandating fuel sold in the state contain at least 10% ethanol and 11% biodiesel. “I am excited to advance policies that will grow the biofuels and ag industry,” Reynolds said. “As a leader in biofuels production, that means making biofuels the clear choice for Iowa drivers by implementing an E10 and B11 fuel standard at Iowa pumps.”...
  • Enzyme cocktail developed in Brazil powers production of second-generation ethanol

    08/19/2020 8:12:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | August 18, 2020 | by Maria Fernanda Ziegler, FAPESP
    Researchers at the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) have genetically engineered a fungus to produce a cocktail of enzymes that break down the carbohydrates in biomass, such as sugarcane trash (tops and leaves) and bagasse, into fermentable sugar for industrially efficient conversion into biofuel. The development of low-cost enzyme cocktails is one of the main challenges in producing second-generation ethanol. Second-generation biofuels are manufactured from various kinds of nonfood biomass, including agricultural residues, wood chips and waste cooking oil. The CNPEM research group's process paves the way for optimized use of sugarcane residues to produce biofuels....
  • Ethanol Producers Want FDA to Ease Restrictions So They Can Supply Hand Sanitizer

    03/27/2020 11:51:27 AM PDT · by Slainte · 61 replies
    Time ^ | 03/27/2020 | David Pitt
    (DES MOINES, Iowa) — As hospitals and nursing homes desperately search for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak, federal regulators are preventing ethanol producers from providing millions of gallons of alcohol that could be transformed into the germ-killing mixture. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s roadblock has been frustrating the health care and ethanol industries, which have been calling for a relaxed regulation to deal with the public health care emergency. “Hand sanitizer is a big part of our lives,” said Eric Barber, CEO of Mary Lanning Healthcare, a hospital in Hastings, Nebraska. “We can’t get any. We order it...
  • Britain's gin distilleries rally to fight coronavirus by switching production from alcohol to make hand sanitiser

    03/19/2020 9:03:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daiy Mail ^ | March 19, 2020 | Faith Ridler
    Gin distilleries across Britain have switched to making hand sanitiser in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Distilleries from Dundee to London have shifted their production lines to make hand gel after shortages were reported across the country when the virus began to gather speed earlier this month. People across Britain have been advised to regularly wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or to use a hand sanitiser which contains at least 60 per cent alcohol to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There are currently 2,626 cases of coronavirus confirmed...
  • USDA’s Bio-foolishness

    03/05/2020 7:53:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | March 6, 2020 | Nicolas Loris
     In the classic children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a boy gives a mouse a cookie, and then the mouse asks for a glass of milk to wash it down. Then a straw for the milk. Then a napkin… and so on and so on. Washington, D.C. has its own version called: If You Give a Company a Handout.Exhibit A is the federal government’s coddling of the biofuels industry. The government has propped up the biofuels market, primarily corn ethanol, through targeted tax credits, government-backed loan guarantees and an outright mandate that forces ethanol into our gas...
  • End the Failed Renewable Fuel Standard Experiment (Barf Alert!!!)

    10/31/2019 5:07:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | October 31, 2019 | Veronique De Rugy
    It's time for the annual Congressional fight over the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. In one corner sit corn farmers and their representatives, who fight tenaciously not just to preserve the RFS but to expand it. In the other sits, well, just about everyone else. Whether you are a refiner, a consumer, an environmentalist, a free market economist or just someone who cares about good government, there is ample reason to oppose the ethanol mandate. Since 2005, the federal government has required that refineries blend increasing amounts of ethanol (grain alcohol) with gasoline. There are requirements for cellulosic, biodiesel and...
  • Trump sides with farmers in ethanol proposal angering oil industry

    10/04/2019 9:25:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 4, 2019 | Rebecca Beitsch
    The Trump administration unveiled a fuel proposal Friday that would buoy corn farmers and ethanol producers while alienating the nation’s oil industry. The proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would require oil refineries to blend more ethanol into gasoline, a minimum of 15 billion gallons of each year. The rollout marks the latest twist in a months-long feud between two groups viewed by President Trump as key supporters in his base: farmers and the oil and gas industry. “Once again the president has demonstrated he’s a champion for our nation’s farmers and for rural America,” a senior EPA official...
  • Iowa Renewable Fuel Plant Closes Without Government Mandated Market

    09/26/2019 10:05:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/26/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    Some more news out of Iowa on the King Corn front reached us this week and it spells yet another headache for President Trump who remains caught in a tug-of-war between the ethanol lobby and the oil and gas industry. The CEO of W2 Fuel, a biofuel company, announced that he is closing his plant in Crawfordsville and laying off the fifty employees who work there. The reason he is giving for the closure is that the Renewable Fuel Standard waivers given to more than thirty small refineries by Trump’s EPA this year (85 total since taking office) have...
  • A path to ending the Renewable Fuel Standard?

    08/20/2019 11:55:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot ^ | August 20, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    I’ve written more articles about the problems with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) here than I can count. What’s largely been lacking in this discussion is any sort of reasonable compromise that could be offered to supporters of this system other than a winner-take-all battle. Of course, the ethanol lobby has been so uncompromising in their demands, that most offers would be brushed off anyway. Still, there might be a path forward that could keep the ethanol companies in business while doing away with the RFS entirely. This is a subject that Forbes energy analyst Robert Rapier has been tackling...
  • Oil industry and environmentalists tag teaming Trump on ethanol

    06/14/2019 4:36:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Hot ^ | June 14, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    We all know what the relationship between environmental activists and the oil and gas industry is like. It’s an endless series of demands that we stop using fossil fuels. Reduce emissions. Keep It In The Ground! You know the story. So is there anything that can bring these two, diametrically opposed groups together? Turns out there is, and it’s the EPA’s decision (vocally supported by President Trump) to allow year-round sales of E15 ethanol-blended gasoline. But wait, you’re probably thinking. Don’t environmental activists support biofuels? Well… yes. At least for the most part. But they also know that burning ethanol...
  • Trump lifts year-round ethanol restrictions, could lower gas prices

    06/02/2019 10:44:40 PM PDT · by Boomer · 74 replies
    Fox Business ^ | May 31, 2019 | Brittany De Lea
    The Trump administration on Friday announced that it would allow for the year-round sale of gasoline with higher concentrations of ethanol. The action addresses a rule the Environmental Protection Agency had in place preventing the sale of so-called E15 fuel, which contains 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, between June 1 and Sept. 15. The purpose was to prevent air pollution and curb dependence on foreign petroleum, but the ban has stopped some retailers from selling E15 at all because of the need to change out pumps.
  • Duckworth wants to investigate Trump EPA over the same thing the Obama EPA did

    05/26/2019 11:12:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Hot ^ | May 26, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    The ethanol wars between King Corn and the oil and gas industry continue, with the corn faction finding a new champion this month in the person of Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois). It shouldn’t come as any surprise that she’s teaming up with Senators Ernst and Grassley since Illinois is the third largest ethanol producer in the country. The fight is still going on over the EPA granting waivers to smaller refineries from the ethanol blending requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard, but Duckworth is raising the stakes. She’s asking the EPA’s Inspector General to investigate whether or not Trump’s EPA...
  • Collusion? Russians Gave $35 Million To Company With John Podesta On Board (Hillary's Campaign)

    04/03/2019 6:52:53 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-3-2019 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, John Podesta, played a central role in another potential Russian collusion scandal that has not yet been investigated. Podesta, the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, served on the board of Joule Unlimited, a now defunct alternative energy company, from January 2011 to January 2014. He resigned from the company’s board to accept the powerful job of Counselor to President Barack Obama. During Podesta’s tenure on the board of Joule Unlimited, a significant investment in the company by a firm owned by the Russian government escaped review and scrutiny by the Committee on...
  • EPA pushes forward plan to increase ethanol mix in gasoline

    03/12/2019 6:33:55 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/12/19 03:19 PM EDT | MIRANDA GREEN
    President Trump on Tuesday advanced a plan that would expand the use of ethanol in gasoline across the U.S., a move pushed by corn farmers but expected to draw ire from the oil and gas industry. The latest step pushes forward a proposal that would allow the year-round sale of gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol, known as E15. Previously, E15 was restricted under air pollution requirements between June 1 and Sept. 15, as science shows burning ethanol in warmer temperature leads to heightened ground-level ozone pollution and smog. The new plan will effectively lift those sales barriers....
  • Trump administration announces plan to put more ethanol in gasoline

    03/12/2019 6:09:24 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 12, 2019 08:38 PM | John Siciliano
    The Environmental Protection Agency rolled out a plan to allow more ethanol in the nation's gasoline supply Tuesday, after a long wait that had Cabinet officials sparring over the timing of the plan. “Consistent with President Trump’s direction, EPA is working to propose and finalize these changes by the summer driving season,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The proposed regulations would allow 15-percent ethanol fuels to be sold year-round, including in the summer. The high-ethanol fuel is currently banned by the EPA for sale during the summer driving season, which begins June 1, because of its high fuel volatility rating,...
  • Farm Bill Deal Eliminates SNAP Work Requirements

    12/06/2018 8:09:45 AM PST · by george76 · 58 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 29, 2018
    Lawmakers say they have reached a deal on the massive farm bill, which has been hung up for weeks over demands by President Trump and House Republicans for new work requirements for food stamp recipients. Negotiators have agreed to jettison those requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which were included in the House version of the bill but not the Senate version. However, the White House has not yet signed off on the agreement and House conservatives may not support a bill that lacks work requirements.
  • US takes another hit on biofuel blending mandates

    12/02/2018 1:56:33 PM PST · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 12/2/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    We knew (or at least feared) that this was coming, but Friday saw the finalization of the new biofuels – specifically ethanol – blending requirements for 2019 and 2020. And true to the promises that President Trump made to Iowa politicians, we did not see any significant reductions in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates. In fact, they went up, much the same as under Obama’s EPA. (EPA website)
  • Trump ties decision on ethanol to keeping campaign promise

    10/10/2018 4:07:38 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 109 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/9/2018 | John Siciliano
    President Trump chalked up his announcement on boosting ethanol for farmers in Iowa to his record of "promises made, promises kept," while speaking in Iowa Tuesday night. "I made that promise to you during the campaign," Trump said. "I made that promise to you during the primaries. Promises made, promises kept." "We're going with E15 year-round," Trump said early in his speech, admitting that the full announcement would come later in his remarks. The plan would relax Environmental Protection Agency rules that restrict the sale of 15-percent ethanol fuel blends to eight months of the year. The EPA waiver for...
  • Trump Sides With Farmers In Battle Against Refiners

    10/09/2018 4:17:49 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 84 replies ^ | 09-10-2018 | Nick
    The Trump administration announced a major policy change in an effort to win back farm country, allowing the year-round sale of a higher concentration of ethanol. Coinciding with a campaign stop in Iowa, President Trump announced the lifting of the ban of E15 during summer months, a significant win for the corn and ethanol industries. Up until now, E15 cannot be sold during the summer because of smog concerns. Ethanol producers saw their share prices skyrocket on the news. The decision comes after roughly 18 months of damaging policies to the agricultural industry. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt became public...
  • White House announces plan to expand ethanol use linked to increased pollution

    10/08/2018 5:42:03 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/08/18 | MIRANDA GREEN
    The White House on Monday rolled out a new plan that would allow higher blends of ethanol in vehicle fuels, amid concerns that the change could lead to more air pollution. The administration’s memo calls to extend the sale of E15 -- consisting of 15 percent of ethanol blended into gasoline -- year round. The fuel was blocked between June 1 and Sept. 15, as science shows burning ethanol in warmer temperature leads to heightened ground-level ozone pollution and smog. A senior White House official said the plan was part of President Trump’s free market plan. “This action is basically...