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No End in Sight for the Biofuel Wars

No End in Sight for the Biofuel Wars

  Paul Driessen The Big Oil-Big Biofuel wars rage on. From my perch, ethanol, biodiesel and “advanced biofuels” make about zero energy, economic or environmental sense. They make little political sense either, until you recognize that politics is largely driven by crony-capitalism, campaign contributions and vote hustling. Even now, once again, as you read this, […]

The ethanol gravy train rolls on

The ethanol gravy train rolls on

  By Paul Driessen Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel; the way seriously harmful unintended consequences are brushed aside; and the insidious crony corporatist system the ethanol […]

Politicized sustainability threatens planet and people

Politicized sustainability threatens planet and people

. By Paul Driessen Sustainability (sustainable development) is one of the hottest trends on college campuses, in the news media, in corporate boardrooms and with regulators. There are three different versions. Real Sustainability involves thoughtful, caring, responsible, economical stewardship and conservation of land, water, energy, metallic, forest, wildlife and other natural resources. Responsible businesses, families and […]

Trumping hydrocarbon fuels and consumers

Trumping hydrocarbon fuels and consumers

By Paul Driessen Too many presidential candidates court corporate cash by promoting ethanol Donald Trump loves to tout his poll numbers. But if he’s doing so well, why does he pander to Iowa’s ethanol interests? The gambit might garner a few caucus votes among corn growers and ethanol producers. It certainly brings plaudits from renewable energy […]

Waste precious water – Making ethanol is wasting California’s water

Waste precious water – Making ethanol is wasting California’s water

. . . . . . . by Tom Tanton . President Obama’s visit to Fresno will hopefully bring some much-needed clarification as to how the federal government plans to help California battle the devastating drought in the near-term.   Unfortunately, the administration’s continued support of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) works counter to any […]