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Fight China's Smog with Ethanol: Interview with Chen Lin

February 8, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Chen Lin writes the popular stock newsletter What Is Chen Buying? What Is Chen Selling?, published and distributed by Taylor Hard Money Advisors Inc. He employs a value-oriented approach and often demonstrates excellent market timing due to his exceptional technical analysis.[read more]


Telling Sugarcane Ethanol's Full Sustainability Story

January 23, 2014 by Leticia Phillips

Sugarcane and Sustainability

Centering the RFS debate on volume targets for all biofuels has let two key benefits of advanced biofuels slip out of focus: the potential for non-corn ethanol to drastically cut lifecycle emissions compared to gasoline, and the ability of biofuel feedstocks to be sustainably grown without harming the environment.[read more]


Impacts of the EPA Certifying Sugarcane Ethanol as an 'Advanced Biofuel'

January 8, 2014 by John Miller

EPA and Sugarcane Certification

The EPA certified Brazil sugarcane ethanol as an ‘advanced biofuel’ in 2010. This made Brazil imports eligible for U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard annual compliance. What are the impacts of this EPA action on U.S. fuel markets and associated carbon emissions?[read more]

Our Holiday Wish List

December 24, 2013 by Leticia Phillips

Energy Wish List

Heading into the New Year, it’s clear the decisions confronting lawmakers and EPA regulators on the RFS will have a great impact on our world’s journey towards decreasing greenhouse gases and improving energy security. Here’s our wish list for the presents we’d like to see in 2014.[read more]

EPA’s RFS Proposal is a Step Backwards on Clean Energy Path

December 5, 2013 by Leticia Phillips

EPA Regulation

Since the beginning of the RFS program, the EPA had been a strong supporter of the role Brazilian sugarcane ethanol plays supplying Americans with sustainable fuel. That's why it came as a shock that the EPA has proposed to drastically reduce the volumes of advanced fuels for the 2014 RFS.[read more]

Is An Ethanol Compromise on the Horizon?

November 4, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

If ethanol producers and advanced biofuels developers are convinced that fossil fuels get a better deal from the federal government, it would be a simple matter to replace these programs with the same incentives received by oil and gas producers and petroleum refiners.[read more]

Crashing Into the Ethanol Blend Wall

August 8, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Because the Environmental Protection Agency, which administers the Renewable Fuel Standard, has been unwilling or unable to exercise its flexibility under existing law, the fuels industry must now choose from a set of unattractive options.[read more]


Replacing Leaded Aviation Gasoline with Renewable Ethanol

June 10, 2013 by John Miller

Leaded gasoline has been banned from use by all land and marine vehicles for over 18 years. Why hasn’t the EPA eliminated leaded aviation gasoline and possibly required replacing it with an alternative fuel such as ethanol?[read more]

Food vs. Fuel: Oil and Rising Food Prices

June 6, 2013 by Gal Sitty

food prices

Last week, the World Bank released a new report that further confirms what most of us have known for a long time — that rising crude oil prices are the biggest contributor to rising food prices.[read more]

Ex-Shell Chief Hofmeister Promotes US Fuel Diversity

May 4, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Alternative fuels have lost some of their luster in the US, lately. With this in mind, I spoke with former Shell Oil Company President John Hofmeister, who recently joined a group dedicated to expanding fuel diversity.[read more]

Congress & Ethanol: Biofuels Love Gone Wrong?

April 1, 2013 by Bill Chameides

This year is shaping up to be decisive for ‘cellulosic’ ethanol made from corn stalks and other agricultural waste, as oil companies and the ethanol industry clash over government mandates for the automotive fuel.[read more]

More Voices in the Renewable Fuel Standard Debate

March 29, 2013 by Mark Green

The ineffectiveness of biofuels/ethanol mandates in advancing America’s energy security, the market-distorting aspects of top-down mandates and associated costs – all argue for scrapping the RFS.[read more]

Biofuels Suffering from High Corn Prices and Dropping Demand

March 19, 2013 by Joseph Romm

biofuels production

Nearly 10 percent of US ethanol plants have stopped production over the past year, the drought having pushed commodity prices so high that ethanol has become too expensive to produce.[read more]

An Artificial Solution to Ethanol's Price Woes

March 19, 2013 by Mark Green

Renewable Fuels Assoc.

There is nothing simple about boosting E85 sales, which are low and projected to continue to be low. This is for several reasons; first and foremost is weak consumer demand for vehicles that use E85.[read more]

Will the Drought Also Cause the Renewable Fuels Standard to Shrivel?

August 14, 2012 by James Coan

Plant in Drought via Shutterstock

In the wake of the record drought affecting much of the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released on Friday an extremely pessimistic paper projecting much lower production of corn and soybeans this year. The report is sure to incite more citizens and legislators to demand that the mandate requiring ethanol consumption...[read more]