It’s Final—Forbes is Terribly Misinformed on Ethanol

April 21, 2014

James Conca’s recent article in Forbes badly mischaracterizes the recent IPCC reports and rehashes long-disproven myths and misinformation about corn ethanol. RFA responded with facts.

Posted in Corn, Corn prices, Environment, Ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Behind the Veil: Recent Attack on RFS Nothing More than Poster for Big Oil, Big Food

April 11, 2014

If you follow the money, it’s easy to trace the anti-RFS piece back to its pro-oil, anti-farmer source.

Posted in Environment, Letter to the Editor, Oil, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Scientists Urge CARB to Revisit LCFS Land Use Change Penalties

March 10, 2014

CARB must do the right thing and follow the advice of the scientific community.

Posted in Corn, Environment, Ethanol, Land Use

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Congress Made the Right Move with RFS

December 13, 2013

Only the RFS can ensure a fair marketplace and break our continued reliance on petroleum.

Posted in Congress, Environment, Ethanol, Letter to the Editor, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Now is Not the Time to Retract Commitment to Energy Independence

November 22, 2013

We need to look forward and build on current successes.

Posted in Environment, Ethanol, Letter to the Editor, Renewable Fuel Standard

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A Reality Check on API’s “RFS Reality Gap” Report

September 19, 2013

It’s time for a reality check. RFA's Geoff Cooper offers rebuttals to API’s far-fetched arguments from its recently-released report, tells the “rest of the story” that was conveniently omitted from the report’s misleading charts, and underscores the importance of staying the course with the RFS.

Posted in Environment, Oil, Production, Renewable Fuel Standard

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N.D. Oil Industry Flares Off $1B Worth of Natural Gas…But Balks at Investments in Renewable Fuels

August 29, 2013

According to a recent study, government data show that nearly 30% of the natural gas extracted as a byproduct of fracking for oil in North Dakota is being burned off, or “flared.” That’s right, three out of every 10 cubic feet of natural gas extracted in North Dakota ends up being burned at the wellhead and released into the atmosphere.

Posted in Energy, Environment, Oil

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A Call for Global Cooperation in Spain

May 31, 2013

Ed Hubbard had the unique opportunity to participate in the World Biofuels Conference in Seville, but despite the beautiful location, it wasn’t all love for the European Union. Current EU tariffs are proving damaging to its own demand, and the impact would spread to the global biofuel trade. It is clear that Europe’s industry would be better served with a more cooperative approach to trade relations.

Posted in Environment, Ethanol, Exports, Tariff

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What ILUC? Amazon Deforestation Rates Hit Lowest Point Since at Least 1988

May 28, 2013

Geoff Cooper responds to US ethanol causing "indirect land use change" and the continuous annual reduction in deforestation rates resulting in the lowest point since 1988.

Posted in Agriculture, Brazil, Corn, Energy, Environment, Ethanol, Land Use

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Letter to the Editor - Dinneen to Big Oil: Focus on the Facts

May 23, 2013

RFA’s President and CEO Bob Dinneen submitted the following letter to the Orlando Sentinel in response to their recent article featuring Charles Drevna, President of the American Fuels & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

Posted in Environment, Gas Prices, Jobs, Oil, Renewable Fuel Standard

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IER’s Response to Politico Op-Ed Smells Like a Skunk

April 23, 2013

In a new post on the Institute for Energy Research blog, Robert Murphy suggests that I mislead Politico readers in a recent op-ed about the RFS, RIN credits, and gas prices. IER claiming that I misrepresented the facts on the RFS is a bit like a skunk saying a rose smells bad.

Posted in Environment, Ethanol, Gas Prices, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Letter to the Editor - Response to Chicago Tribune Editorial

July 31, 2012

In a Letter to the Editor of the Chicago Tribune in response to "Food and the Drought", I point out that yes, this years drought is undoubtedly painful, but we will not know the impact on corn supply until harvest. In the meantime, we must avoid speculation and allow the marketplace work.

Posted in Corn prices, Environment, Ethanol

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Improvements in Ethanol Process Result in Lower GHG Emissions

August 25, 2011

America is home to the most innovative, productive and efficient ethanol and grain producers in the world. This increasing productivity and efficiency contributes directly to ethanol’s ability to lower greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline on a lifecycle basis. American farmers and ethanol producers are consciously investing in technology that dramatically lowers their carbon footprint while producing more fuel, feed, and food than ever before.

Posted in Energy, Environment, Ethanol

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From farm to biorefinery: Ethanol production efficiency improves

August 18, 2011

In the second part of RFA’s series on the improving efficiencies of corn ethanol production, the focus will be specifically on input use—both on the farm and at the biorefinery.

Posted in Energy, Environment, Ethanol, Production, Water

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Ethanol is helping form the backbone of a new rural economy

April 26, 2011

America's commitment to ethanol and renewable fuels has been a unparalleled success for rural America. It has created jobs, spurred economic activity, and even given some rural residents a reason and the opportunity to move back home. Yet, critics of ethanol would lead you to believe that ethanol is the scourage of rural America. A new paper from an anti-ethanol group, Food and Water Watch, goes so far as to compare domestic ethanol production to the illegal methamphetamine plague impacting rural areas. Like much of the rhetoric from those opposing ethanol, this paper is not based on the facts and takes poetic license to irresponsible levels.

Posted in Agriculture, Environment, Ethanol, Food, Fuel, Jobs, Oil, Production, Renewable Fuels

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2011 State of the Industry Address

February 21, 2011

This morning at the 16th Annunal National Ethanol Conference, I will be giving the State of the Industry Address, dicussing the successes the ethanol industry has had and challenges that are in front of us.

Posted in Congress, E15, Energy, Environment, Ethanol, Exports, Fuel, Land Use, National Ethanol Conference, Production

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NPR: Lop-sided and Outdated.  Where’s Big Oil?

December 22, 2010

As NPR is still reeling from the November congressional and public outcry to bar local public radio stations from using taxpayer dollars to purchase NPR programing as a result of perceived bias in “reporting”, it is very surprising that NPR would then turn around and run a lop-sided and at times miserably outdated series on ethanol as produced by Harvest Public Media. After listening and reading the past two days’ “reports”, a number of items need to be addressed.

Posted in Agriculture, Environment, Ethanol, Jobs, Oil, Production

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If a Tree Doesn’t Fall in the Forest, Will ENGOs and Regulators Notice?

December 01, 2010

Environmental lawyer Timothy Searchinger’s ILUC hypothesis, already reeling, took another crippling blow today when Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva announced that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has fallen to its lowest rate since the government began collecting data in 1988. Data from the Brazilian government clearly show that Amazon deforestation rates in Brazil have been plunging for the last seven years, and the 2010 rate is less than one-quarter of the rate experienced in 2004 when deforestation reached more than 10,700 square miles. All of this has occurred while U.S. biofuels production has increased dramatically (nearly 300% since 2004), proving once again that there is no correlation between U.S. ethanol output and deforestation. Will the ENGOs and regulators notice?

Posted in Brazil, Environment, Ethanol, Land Use, Production

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RFA President Speaks at Cellulosic Biofuels Summit

November 16, 2010

Today I will be speaking at the Cellulosic Biofuels & Biorefineries Summit this morning in Washington, DC. I plan to talk about key issues within the cellulosic community including the U.S.Department of Agriculture's Loan Guarantee program, investment into cellulosic ethanol and indirect land use and carbon accounting. Read my full remarks by clicking the link above.

Posted in Environment, Ethanol, Fuel, Land Use, Production, Renewable Fuel Standard, USDA

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You can have your opinion, but not your own facts

November 10, 2010

Lots of editorial boards have come out in support of and against ethanol. They are welcome to their opinions. What they are not welcome to is their own facts. In attacking ethanol as the Houston Chronicle did in its editorial “Food versus fuel: Rising grain costs show folly of continuing federal ethanol subsidies,” the editorial board propagated misinformation and, at some points, simply made up facts to support their predetermined opinion.

Posted in Environment, Ethanol, Exports, Fuel, Production, Research

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