September 30, 2011
Open Fuels Standard Act aims for 50% flex-fuel cars in US by 2015 : Biofuels Digest.
In Washington, Sen. Maria Cantwell joined Sen. Dick Lugar in introducing a bill to break oil’s monopoly over the U.S. transportation fuel industry by ensuring that most new vehicles in the United States are capable of running on a range of domestically produced alternative fuels starting in 2015.
The Open Fuels Standard Act requires that starting in 2015, 50% of new vehicles manufactured or sold in the United States be flex fuel capable – meaning able to run on non-petroleum fuels such as domestically-produced ethanol or methanol or other alcohols in addition to, or instead of, petroleum-based fuels.
September 15, 2011
Either we break the cartel, or the cartel breaks us. The Open Fuel Standard bill needs to be passed.
via Achieving $2 Gas – Robert Zubrin – National Review Online.
Republican presidential contender Michele Bachman has said that if she is elected, gas prices will fall to $2 per gallon. Such promises have understandably been greeted with considerable skepticism. But $2 gas is exactly what America needs. The question is, how can we get it?
We can’t do it just by expanded domestic drilling. In order for gasoline prices to fall to $2 per gallon, oil prices must be cut to $50 per barrel. And oil prices are set globally, with the dominating influence being the OPEC oil cartel. Since 1973, this cartel, which controls 80 percent of the earth’s commercially viable oil reserves, has refused to expand production, thus keeping petroleum prices artificially high. While, with a more pro-business government, the United States might conceivably be able to expand its production by a million or two barrels per day, OPEC could easily counter by cutting its production to match, or more likely, by simply continuing its non-expansion policy and letting increased Chinese demand take care of the slack.
September 2, 2011
Open Fuel Standard: The Answer is Multiple Choice.
We have to stop looking for a single fuel or a single way to become energy independent. Oil is one thing. The answer will be many things. People may argue methanol is better than ethanol, or only certain ways of making fuel are acceptable, or all cars should be electric or natural gas, or hydrogen is better.
But nobody can say any one thing can replace oil. We need all these ways. And we need cars that can handle all sorts of fuel and power: A flex-fuel plug-in hybrid, for example.
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 24, 2011
The Frederick News-Post Online – Frederick County Maryland Daily Newspaper.
The U.S. congressman who represents the district including Frederick County recently released a statement encouraging support of a bill to increase production of cars that run on non-petroleum fuels.
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-6th, also criticized a U.S. Department of Energy report about federal subsidies of energy sources, saying it should have centered more on transportation than electricity. While the country has many ways of generating electricity, oil prices are pinching the wallets of many Americans, he said.
August 24, 2011
Ethanol Rises as Report Shows Signs of Increased Blending Demand – Bloomberg.
Ethanol futures rose a seventh day in Chicago, extending the longest winning streak in three months, after a government report showed increased demand for the biofuel.
“The drop in gasoline stocks lent some support to ethanol,” said Matt Janney, a trader at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. in Chicago. “Ethanol stocks were off, too. It seems to be getting good support.”
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.