Biofuels Looking Worse, Not Better, Over Time

More than a decade after the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act imposed mandatory biofuel requirements on the American economy, even biofuel apologists acknowledge biofuels are falling far short of industry promises.

By |2018-05-14T14:24:22+00:00May 16th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on Biofuels Looking Worse, Not Better, Over Time

The biofuel crony capitalist revolving door

CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen pulls no punches, calling today's ethanol and biofuels mandates and subsidies a fascistic scheme that harms both the economy and the environment and does nothing to conserve domestic energy while doing a lot to stifle economic growth. He urges the swift repeal of ethanol and biofuels mandates.

By |2018-01-07T15:06:17+00:00January 7th, 2018|CFACT Insights, Energy|Comments Off on The biofuel crony capitalist revolving door

Diogenes searching for honest policies

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Drieseen outlines the various justifications for wind turbines and biofuels and shows the fallacies behind arguments in their favor. The simple truth is that renewable energy costs more, and that hurts the poor, who are doubly stung as their tax dollars are given as subsidies to wealthy speculators (like Warren Buffett, who chortled that the subsidies are the reason he makes money from wind).

By |2017-03-10T09:21:34+00:00March 6th, 2017|CFACT Insights|34 Comments

Hillary’s Green Navy sinks in red ink

Making the advanced biofuels uses more fossil fuel energy than the energy they provide; thus the entire exercise in political correctness is pure folly and a scam. President Obama and his minions should be thoroughly rebuked for endangering our military personnel by mandating that the military stop using fossil fuels.

By |2016-08-15T18:10:52+00:00August 15th, 2016|CFACT Insights|3 Comments

Ethanol and biodiesel: Guilty as charged

Biodiesel and ethanol are killers -- and thieves of fuel efficiency, engine life, and pocketbooks. They exist in our society primarily thanks to corruptible politicians who took advantage of an "oil crisis" to entrench themselves into the American automobile. They typically reduce gas mileage, increase engine wear, and create a multitude of other problems for consumers -- including higher expenses for transportation.

By |2015-07-18T01:50:22+00:00July 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|4 Comments

EPA: Bungling biofuels buffoonery

EPA’s primary role is to confirm what was already laid out by statute in terms of annual volumes of biofuels. That so called “renewable fuels schedule” established in 2005 and update in 2007 requires an ever increasing amount of biofuel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply until the total hits 36 billion gallons in 2022. Those volumes, however, are completely unrealistic – a fact even EPA recognizes.

By |2013-08-22T10:02:41+00:00August 21st, 2013|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Enzyme breakthrough could make biofuels more affordable

While there continue to be high hopes that biofuels made from plant products like corncobs and switchgrass can help meet our growing energy needs, one major obstacle has been the cost of enzymes which are used to break down these tough plant parts into simple sugars that can be turned into ethanol.

By |2013-09-16T14:36:28+00:00August 21st, 2013|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Enzyme breakthrough could make biofuels more affordable

Fracking yields trillions in benefits!

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, fracking requires just 0.6 to 5.8 gallons of water per million Btu of energy produced. By comparison, “renewable” and “sustainable” corn-based ethanol requires 2,510 to 29,100 gallons per million Btu of usable energy – and biodiesel from soybeans consumes an astounding and unsustainable 14,000 to 75,000 gallons of water per million Btu!

By |2013-07-29T18:59:57+00:00July 29th, 2013|CFACT Insights|7 Comments

Court of Appeals punctures a hole in EPA’s cellulosic ethanol balloon

Even though not a gallon of cellulosic ethanol has been manufactured in the U.S., the EPA has continued to predict fantastical production volumes: approximately 5 million gallons in 2010, 6.6 million in 2011, 8.7 million in 2012 and a whopping 14 million gallons for 2013. These predictions established the volumes that refiners are required to use to blend into our gasoline—even though there is no cellulosic ethanol available, period!

By |2013-10-17T11:51:35+00:00February 4th, 2013|CFACT Insights|1 Comment

Debate over ethanol remains unhusked

Supporters of ethanol fuel claim that its widespread use has reduced gasoline prices in the U.S. But according to a study at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ethanol production has almost no impact on gas prices, and claims to the contrary omit important variables and rely on seriously flawed statistical data.

By |2012-10-15T17:32:16+00:00August 30th, 2012|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Debate over ethanol remains unhusked

The folly of E15 anti-hydrocarbon policies

The Obama Administration’s anti-hydrocarbon ideology and “renewable” energy mythology continues to subsidize crony capitalists and the politicians they help keep in office – on the backs of American taxpayers, ratepayers and motorists. The latest chapter in the sorry ethanol saga is a perfect example.Bowing to pressure from ADM, Cargill, Growth Energy and other Big Ethanol lobbyists, Lisa Jackson’s Environmental Protection Agency has decided to allow ethanol manufacturers to register as suppliers of E15 gasoline. E15 contains 15% ethanol, rather than currently mandated 10% blends.The next lobbying effort will focus on getting E15 registered as a fuel in individual states and persuading [...]

By |2012-04-24T00:00:00+00:00April 24th, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on The folly of E15 anti-hydrocarbon policies
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