Monthly Archives: December 2011

Topsoil Loss in Corn Belt Enhanced by “Renewable Fuels” Explosion

“Dust Bowl” by Alexandre Hogue A growing pressure on American farmers to pack every acre with crops is now leading to a drastic increase in topsoil loss due to erosion. Erosion is an old problem, one that Americans thought they … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Policy | 2 Comments

Ten Minutes to Placate the World

The Durban 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) finished up over this past weekend. The talks were supposed to end December 9, but were extended two days longer due to gridlock, making this the longest U.N. Conference on Climate … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Policy | Leave a comment

Sugarcane Ethanol Is in Your Gas Tank’s Future

\ I asked scientists and economists about sugarcane ethanol and whether it could out earn corn ethanol should the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) expire at the end of 2011.  Without fail, a resounding “yes” was the answer. “Because … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Policy | Leave a comment

King Corn has No Clothes

  In 2009, one-third of U.S. corn was converted to ethanol.  According to Dr. David Pimentel of Cornell, this replaced a whopping 1.4 percent of our oil consumption.  This means that only 4.2% of our oil consumption would be replaced … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Policy | Leave a comment

Alternatives to Alternative Energy?

Corn is covering more and more land in the U.S. these days.  But corn stockpiles are plummeting. Only 7 percent of the U.S. corn crop went to make ethanol in 2001. That number rose to 39 percent in 2010 and … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Policy | Leave a comment

Sugar, Sugar

Should the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) be allowed to expire at the end of 2011, the scientific and economic consensus is that Brazilian sugarcane ethanol will be able to outcompete corn in the marketplace. “Everything that is good … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Policy | Leave a comment

Alternative Energy Subsidization a Red Herring for Energy Industry, Global Turmoil Results

Alternative energy is a booming business in the United States. Mandates on blending of liquid biofuels into gasoline have spurred an explosive market. Most notably, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was initiated in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 under … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Policy | 1 Comment