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On Earth Day 2011: Clean-Burning U.S. Ethanol Protects the Environment and Creates Jobs

Posted April 21, 2011 | 17:04:46 (EST)

On the first Earth Day in 1970, some misguided young people actually smashed cars in an overzealous attempt to make a statement against air pollution.

Now, as the nation celebrates the 41st annual Earth Day and marks the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it's time to...

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EPA's Indecision on Ethanol Blends: Retreating From a Clean Energy Future

Posted October 19, 2010 | 18:03:57 (EST)

In his first televised address from the Oval Office, President Obama summoned Americans to "a national mission" to end our dependence on oil.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just responded to President Obama's clarion call with a wavering warble.

Given the opportunity to...

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Biofuels v. Oil -- The Case for Biofuels Just Keeps Getting Better

Posted August 4, 2010 | 15:12:10 (EST)

In the world of oil and biofuels, it's never a dull day. Recent research confirms what biofuels advocates have been arguing all along: We need to account for the environmental cost of importing oil from the Persian Gulf; oil spills, explosions and fires are also taking a terrible human, financial...

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Environmental Organizations: Wake Up and Smell the Roses

Posted May 7, 2010 | 16:09:14 (EST)

The slow and tepid response from the nation's major environmental organizations to the massive and devastating oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico stands in stark contrast to their sustained and voracious attacks on homegrown renewable fuels such as ethanol. Environmental organizations such as NRDC, Friends of the Earth...

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New Biofuels Strategy and EPA Policy: Promote Clean Energy & Green Jobs

Posted February 4, 2010 | 18:42:04 (EST)

With two important policy announcements, the Obama Administration is putting the nation on track to increase its production and use of clean-burning, American-made biofuels.

That's good news for all Americans who care about protecting the environment, combating climate change, generating good-paying jobs, reviving rural communities, and reducing our dependence on...

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Ethanol Industry, Green Jobs Prove Key to Rural Renewal

Posted January 27, 2010 | 14:50:36 (EST)

President Obama is proposing a "Green Jobs" bill, including investments in environmentally friendly technologies from solar panels to energy conservation.

The prime examples of green jobs are American-made renewable fuels, such as ethanol. As 2010 begins, ethanol continues to be the nation's leading example of how clean energy produces green...

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Consensus in Copenhagen? Replace Gasoline with Biofuels!

Posted December 10, 2009 | 15:49:15 (EST)

As negotiators from approximately 200 countries convene in Copenhagen for the United Nations climate change conference, there's one issue on which the world's wealthier and poorer nations should be able to agree:

Immediate action is needed to increase the production of biofuels of all kinds, particularly for use in the...

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Reminding Al Gore: 5 'Encouraging Truths' About Ethanol

Posted November 20, 2009 | 19:39:41 (EST)

Having an appreciation for Al Gore's commitment to science and advocacy of responsible policies on energy, the environment, and the economy, I was disappointed by his treatment of ethanol and other biofuels in his new book, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis.

During the late 1970s,...

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The Growing Evidence of Oil's Environmental Impact

Posted October 10, 2009 | 16:09:00 (EST)

On these pages and in numerous meetings and hearings before Congress and the EPA, I have routinely criticized the EPA, the state of California, and others in the environmental community for failing to create a level playing field when it comes to accounting of carbon emissions from biofuels and petroleum....

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News Flash - All Fuels Have Indirect Effects

Posted September 17, 2009 | 18:15:38 (EST)

Why is it that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have a blind spot when it comes to assessing indirect land use effects or any kind of indirect effects for oil? And how is it fair to just focus on biofuels and ignore...

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Canadian Tar Sands or US Biofuel -- Guess Which One the US Government Prefers

Posted August 25, 2009 | 15:13:18 (EST)

Just when we thought policymakers were serious about addressing climate change, we read in The Washington Post that the US State Department has approved the construction of a new petroleum pipeline with the sole purpose of importing Canadian tar sands oil to the US. As the Renewable Fuels Association...

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When It Comes to Land Use Change -- Look at Oil

Posted August 12, 2009 | 19:14:40 (EST)

For those who have been paying attention to a debate over the impact of biofuels on indirect land use change (ILUC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a review panel to assess the methodology for measuring and estimating the impact. While this issue may seem esoteric to some and...

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The Days of Energy Malaise Are Over

Posted July 10, 2009 | 20:00:03 (EST)

Wednesday, July 15th, marks the 30th anniversary of President Jimmy Carter's famous "malaise" speech.

As with many historic events, this speech was very different from the disaster that we now remember. First, Carter didn't use the word "malaise" even once in the speech. Second, his ratings in the...

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A Fair Accounting of Greenhouse Gases For All Potential Transportation Fuels

Posted June 19, 2009 | 15:16:21 (EST)

It is troubling--and, at the same time, sadly amusing--that an enterprising reporter at USA Today has done more homework on the possible indirect effects of increased renewable electricity generation than scores of analysts at the über environmental agency known as the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Chris Hawley's 1,800-word...

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All Biofuel Politics Are Global

Posted June 3, 2009 | 12:01:57 (EST)

Biofuel policy in Washington these days has gotten too far off course. Ethanol opponents are hard at work trying to shift focus to the alleged impacts of American ethanol use on the decisions of farmers, ranchers, loggers, developers and governments half the world away, despite scant evidence to suggest any...

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Time's Grunwald Grinds an Axe Against Biofuels

Posted May 18, 2009 | 16:36:50 (EST)

Let's say a journalist hears an exciting new idea propounded by a gifted phrase-maker who happens not to have a professional credential in the field. Let's say that journalist writes a one-sided cover story for his newsmagazine propounding his source's theory. And let's say that a year later he writes...

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Celebrating Ag and Energy Day Year Round

Posted March 24, 2009 | 11:23:16 (EST)

Each year, we set aside one day, Ag Day, to appreciate the role of agriculture in the everyday lives of Americans and people around the world. But simply calling it Ag Day does not convey the vital importance and increasing influence agriculture is having over multiple aspects of our national...

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Arbitrary, Thy Name is ARB: The Flaws in the California Air Resources Board Carbon Reduction Proposal

Posted March 11, 2009 | 15:44:00 (EST)

In our energy intensive economy, reducing carbon emissions is one of our greatest challenges, but also one of our most necessary goals. In the ongoing debate over how best to reduce carbon emissions (no longer whether we should), there are some who claim, without much scientific support, that continuing to...

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Ethanol Growth Unites OPEC and Environmental Fringe

Posted February 17, 2009 | 10:45:48 (EST)

At the same time that a major new report concluding that the United States could produce 90 billion gallons of renewable ethanol a year was released, Saudi Arabia's oil minister attacked biofuels for undermining oil development and fringe U.S. environmental groups announced their preference for continued gasoline consumption over the...

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Staying in the Lead on Biofuel Development -- Part 3

Posted January 28, 2009 | 12:37:31 (EST)

As Congress nears a vote on legislation to stimulate the economy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced he would work with lawmakers and the rest of the Obama administration to include additional support for biofuels and renewable energy in the economic stimulus package and in an energy bill that the...

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