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Non-Republicans Welcome (But Not Really) At 'Bipartisan' Iowa Event For 2016 Hopefuls | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

The inaugural Iowa Agriculture Summit, held this past weekend in Des Moines, was an ostensibly bipartisan affair: Potential presidential candidates fr...

Biofuels Plant Converts Plant Waste To Ethanol

AP | ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ern...

Does EPA's Proposal to Cut Biodiesel Portend Administration Caving to Big Coal?

Lindsay San Giacomo | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Lindsay San Giacomo

Is a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to cut biodiesel -- an environmentally friendly fuel that burns significantly cleaner than ...

Proposed City of Chicago Ethanol Ordinance Would be a Step in the Right Direction

Michael Wang, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2014 | Chicago
Michael Wang, Ph.D.

A proposed City of Chicago ordinance that would require most gas stations to offer E15 fuel - 15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline - is one example of a smaller step we can take now to increase our use of renewable energy sources.

GOP Senate Candidate Takes Heat For Big Oil Fundraiser

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst, who's running for Iowa's open seat, is under fire for planning to attend a fundraiser with the political action commi...

Ad Links Iraq To Domestic Gas Prices, Advocates For Preserving Renewable Fuel Rules

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The liberal group Americans United For Change released a new television ad Thursday tying the fight over domestic renewable fuel sta...

Big Oil and Big Corn Square Off: Biodiesel And Democrats Lose

Lindsay San Giacomo | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Lindsay San Giacomo

Until 2014, the Obama Administration always supported raising the RFS, which mandates the amount of biofuels blended into our national fuel supply every year. But now the EPA is proposing keeping the 2013 standards through 2015. The big question here is why.

Can Fuel Economy Targets Survive All the Loopholes?

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

The loopholes let the companies undercut the rules' strong targets and turn out cars and light trucks that increase pollution. It's akin to a doctor telling you: "Go ahead and smoke, as long as you go on a diet."

Monarch Butterflies: Industrial Agricultural Warfare Is Killing Them, Us

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

I saw only five monarch butterflies last summer at my home in western Massachusetts. I was thrilled and relieved, but sad, each time. It has been 52 years since Carson sounded the alarm about the devastating effects of pesticides. Haven't we learned that agricultural warfare is not the answer?

Wall Street Market Manipulation Example 3,789: Ethanol

Mike Lux | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Because of rampant Wall Street in what's called the RIN (which stands for Renewable Identification Numbers) market, taxpayers are once again helping Wall Street traders get rich. And to compound the problem, the biggest oil companies are colluding with the Wall Street guys to make extra money at our expense as well.

Senators Face Uphill Battle With Latest Push

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - A group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill on Thursday to eliminate ...

The Climate Post: EPA Proposes Lower Biofuel Mandate

Tim Profeta | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday announced cuts to a federal mandate dictating how much ethanol must be blended into gasoline....

EPA Proposes Reducing Biofuel Mandate

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO and MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 11.15.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply, acknowledging the biofuel law champion...

The Climate Post: U.N. Climate Conference Kicks Off Amid Reminders of Deal Urgency

Tim Profeta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The 12-day United Nations Climate Change Conference, which aims to forge an agreement to cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, began in Warsaw, Poland, this week. The goal set by the U.N.: limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels.

Where Have All The Prairies Gone?

AP | CHET BROKAW and JACK GILLUM | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

ROSCOE, S.D. (AP) — Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, ...

Ethanol Industry Responds To AP Investigation

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Associated Press investigation, which found that ethanol hasn't lived up to some of the government's clean-energy promises, ...

The Secret, Dirty Cost Of Obama's Green Power Push

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO and MATT APUZZO | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green

CORYDON, Iowa -- CORYDON, Iowa (AP) — The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has ...

The Ethanol Mandate Needs to Be Reformed

Mike Lux | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Sold in the beginning as an environmental idea, it has become rife with problems of all kinds, including major environmental concerns, and is now just a fat corporate subsidy and a tool for Wall St speculators to make money off of.

The Climate Post: Leadership Change in the White House

Tim Profeta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

Heather Zichal, President Barack Obama's top energy and climate adviser, announced plans this week to step down. Zichal has advised the president sinc...

EPA May Reduce Ethanol Blending Volumes For 2014

Reuters | Posted 12.10.2013 | Green

By Cezary Podkul NEW YORK, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Federal environmental regulators are expected to significantly reduce th...

Wall Street's Latest Dark Market Gambling: Ethanol

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

Rampant, unregulated Wall Street speculation by taxpayer-backed too-dangerous-to-fail megabanks must not be allowed to wreck another market and inflict more pain on Main Street.

Taking a Close Look at the Ethanol Market

Keith Gaby | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Keith Gaby

The Times piece raises three distinct questions for those concerned about energy policy and renewable fuels. First, can markets be a fair and efficient way to achieve the goals we want in this program -- more low carbon fuels, less imported oil and reasonable energy prices?

The Smoking Gun of Higher Oil Prices

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.15.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Is this what free enterprise is meant to be? I think not!

A Market in Desperate Need of Transparency

Mike Lux | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

If the 2009 financial crisis taught us anything, it's that market manipulation and speculation is a recipe for disaster. Four years later, we don't seem to have learned our lesson. Wall Street has found another, more obscure, market to manipulate.

Here's How 16 Big Companies Are Profiting Off Global Warming

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business

Rising global temperatures could be putting all of us at risk of allergies, nutritional deficiencies and more. But don't worry, there's a silver linin...