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.
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.
Midwestern GOP Senators held up Trump’s nominees for EPA positions until they were reassured no changes would be made to the RFS, that mandates refiners purchase ever-increasing amounts of ethanol.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Producing electricity from the burning of wood, or biomass, has long been viewed as an environmentally friendly way of generating power. But now this once favored source of green energy is losing its luster . . .
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!
Finding new sources of fuel is obviously a big priority these days. So it was encouraging to get news from the annual National Biodiesel Conference that progress continues on turning waste products into liquid fuel.
When you think of the military and the color green, you probably think of the Army and its use of camouflage. But how about the Navy?
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.
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 [...]