August 31, 2011
Ethanol: U.S.-produced fuel is leading oil alternative – baltimoresun.com.
Karen Hosler’s recent opinion piece calling for an end to ethanol subsidies (“End the ethanol charade,” Aug. 30) uses sweeping generalizations that distort the truth about grain ethanol’s role in fostering America’s energy independence and producing food as well as fuel.
Domestic ethanol is the single-best alternative to foreign oil we have today. In 2010, ethanol reduced imports by 445 million barrels of oil — more oil than we import from Saudi Arabia. And America’s ethanol industry helped reduce farm subsidy payments by $10.1 billion, added $53.6 billion to the economy and reduced gas prices by $34.5 billion.
August 30, 2011
Biofuels Make a Comeback Despite Tough Economy | Energy content from Corn and Soybean Digest.
Global production of biofuels increased 17% in 2010 to reach an all-time high of 105 billion liters, up from 90 billion liters in 2009. High oil prices, a global economic rebound and new laws and mandates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China and the U.S., among other countries, are all factors behind the surge in production, according to research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute’s climate and energy program for the website Vital Signs Online.
The U.S. and Brazil remain the two largest producers of ethanol. In 2010, the U.S. generated 49 billion liters, or 57% of global output, and Brazil produced 28 billion liters, – 33% of the total. Corn is the primary feedstock for U.S. ethanol, and sugarcane is the dominant source of ethanol in Brazil.
August 23, 2011
Corn Hugger » Blog Archive » Not so costly corn.
It’s amazing how misinformation can spread these days with nothing other than uneducated opinions and easy-to-blame targets. This seems to be especially true in regards to our rising food costs and assumptions of what’s driving up those costs. Some media blast ethanol production and high corn prices as the reason for your growing grocery bill but those claims simply lack the facts.
First things first. According to the USDA, only 11.6% of every dollar spent on food goes back to its origins, the farm. The very place where our food is raised holds a very small percentage of what determines its retail price.
August 22, 2011
Obama sets sights on making U.S. No. 1 in alternative energy. Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Republican presidential candidacy and President Obama’s comments on ethanol have thrown the corn-based ethanol industry into turmoil as it struggles to convince Congress to provide assistance to build blender pumps.