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

The new robber barons

The new robber barons are not content with only taxes and debt. They are using other people's hard-earned money to finance wind, solar, biofuel and other schemes that reward crony capitalist campaign contributors.while locking up centuries of vital energy resources.

By |2012-12-22T14:58:02+00:00December 22nd, 2012|CFACT Insights|7 Comments

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

Legal challenge to EPA’s E15 scheme picks up steam

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans to allow a controversial blend of gasoline and ethanol to be sold in the U.S. could be headed for rough legal sledding.Federal appeals court judges recently heard a challenge to the Obama EPA’s approval of E15, a blend of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol, to be sold in cars from the model year 2001 and newer. EPA claims it has the power under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to grant waivers allowing the sale of the new blend in certain vehicles. Currently, ethanol is not allowed to comprise more than 10 percent of [...]

By |2012-04-23T12:09:58+00:00April 23rd, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Legal challenge to EPA’s E15 scheme picks up steam

Turning seaweed into ethanol

Researchers may have broken the biofuel barrier. A new biotech discovery enables ethanol to be made from a common variety of brown seaweed. This would by-pass the biggest problem with corn ethanol and biodiesel—the world’s shortage of cropland. The new ethanol process uses the familiar E. coli bacterium working on kombu, a variety of edible brown kelp, which is common in the world’s seas and oceans. It has been grown and harvested commercially by such countries as China, Japan, and Korea for hundreds of years. If you like sushi, it is the brown wrapping on your favorites. The new process can turn [...]

By |2012-09-19T22:58:31+00:00January 30th, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Turning seaweed into ethanol

Food and energy prices: A double whammy for consumers

CHURCHVILLE, VA—U.S. Energy prices have risen to more than 6 percent of consumer spending—which may be a historic “tipping point.” Our food prices, meanwhile, have had their steepest increase in a generation, to about 6.5 percent of spending. That’s a double whammy consumers haven’t suffered since Jimmy Carter’s infamous “stagflation,” a painful mix of weak economic growth, high unemployment, and rising inflation in the late 1970’s.Both the high oil prices and the high food prices trace directly back to the Obama Administration. Oil has gotten no scarcer during the Obama years, but the dollar has weakened by about 17 percent. The [...]

By |2011-04-26T00:00:00+00:00April 26th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Food and energy prices: A double whammy for consumers

More biofuels, more greenhouse gases

CHURCHVILLE, VA—A new study from the University of Illinois estimates that the world has more than 702 million hectares of marginal land suitable for growing biofuels. The researchers assessed land around the world based on its soil quality, slope, and regional climate. They added degraded or low-quality cropland but ruled out any good cropland, pasture, or forests; they also assumed no irrigation. They came up with the surprising total 2.7 million sq. miles of marginal land that could be available for switchgrass or other biofuel crops.  But the Illinois team didn’t, apparently, factor in a 2010 Stanford University study that found [...]

By |2011-03-02T15:14:04+00:00March 2nd, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on More biofuels, more greenhouse gases

Krugman flunks food and history

CHURCHVLLE, VA—Paul Krugman is a big deal: Princeton professor, New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate (2008). Krugman wrote last week about the “food crisis, the second one to hit the world in the last three years.” His key statement: “what really stands out is the extent to which severe weather events have disrupted agricultural production. And these severe weather events are exactly the kind of thing we’d expect to see as rising concentrations of greenhouse gases change our climate—which means that the current food prices surge may be just beginning.” What warming? The puny 0.2 degrees C we’ve had since [...]

By |2011-02-16T00:00:00+00:00February 16th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Krugman flunks food and history

Did the US ethanol mandate contribute to the Egypt crisis?

By Dave JudayFarm Futures magazine, in an article "Ethanol is Not to Blame for Egyptian Riots," notes “as the unrest in Egypt continues and spreads, several theories are surfacing as to why the riots are happening. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association says don't blame American ethanol production.”  Moreover, the article attributes to Tom Buis, the leader of another ethanol lobby group, Growth Energy, the notion that current Egyptian and Middle East unrest is a product of “40 foolish years of leaving our economy in the hands of OPEC, leaving our economic and national security in the [...]

By |2011-02-09T13:01:43+00:00February 9th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Did the US ethanol mandate contribute to the Egypt crisis?
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