USA Today Tears Into Flawed RFS

  • 03/18/15
  • AEA
  • Renewable Fuel Standard
The barrage of criticism targeting the Renewable Fuel Standard is showing no signs of stopping. Just last week, the The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal took aim at the costly and flawed federal biofuel mandate. Now, on the heels of the recent Iowa Ag Summit, where numerous prominent Republican presidential candidates kowtowed to the powerful ethanol lobby, USA Today has weighed in on the government’s ethanol directive. Their take? End the ethanol mandate. Here’s an excerpt...
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Harry Reid Reaps Subsidies for Green Energy Companies

A new report raises questions about dealings between Sen. Harry Reid and green energy companies seeking federal subsidies. These companies received billions in taxpayer dollars after donating to an organization run by Reid allies, according to The Washington Free Beacon . Reid, who was Senate Majority Leader from 2007–2015, has bragged about steering federal grants and loans to green energy companies in Nevada. Each of these companies happened to receive subsidies after donating to a...
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WSJ and NY Times Join Chorus Against RFS

  • 03/11/15
  • AEA
  • Renewable Fuel Standard
The case against the federal biofuel mandate, the Renewable Fuel Standard, is mounting. In the last two days, both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have run opinion pieces criticizing the costly RFS and its proponents. The New York Times op-ed focused on how forcing Americans to blend ethanol with gasoline is really a hidden tax:
Since 1982, the price of an energy-equivalent amount of ethanol has, on average, been about 2.4 times the price of gasoline. Furthermore, for eight...

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Leno Roasts Costly Ethanol Mandate

Jay Leno has some harsh words for ethanol lobbyists: “big growers of corn have sold us a bill of goods.” Writing for Autoweek.com, the former Tonight Show host, who collects and restores vintage cars, discussed how ethanol can damage vehicles and foul up engines:
As someone who collects old cars, and keeps them up religiously, I am now replacing fuel-pressure regulators every 12 to 18 months. New cars are equipped with fuel lines that are resistant to ethanol damage, but with older...

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Potential candidates should oppose RFS

  • 03/09/15
  • AEA
  • Blog
This weekend, American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle penned an opinion piece at the Des Moines Register on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The text of the piece is below:
Among the many hot button issues presumed Republican presidential candidates will address at the Iowa Ag Summit will be the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a federal mandate requiring that fuel refiners use a rising amount of biofuels each year. While it may be tempting to praise the RFS while in town, these...

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Congress Should Repeal the RFS

  • 02/12/15
  • AEA
  • Products and Power
The RFS is bad policy. It drives up costs for families and mandates a product on the American people whether they want or need it. Two different approaches to dealing with this problem are before Congress. The first and more preferable option is a complete repeal of the RFS, such as HR 703 by Rep. Goodlatte. The second approach taken by bills introduced by Rep. Goodlatte (HR 704) and Senators Toomey and Feinstein (S. 577) primarily focus on corn ethanol and fall short of true reform....

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New Studies Pile Up Against Ethanol

The new year has not been kind to ethanol lobbyists. A pair of new reports released in the last month undercut some of the key arguments the ethanol industry uses to support its favorite biofuel mandates, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The first, a new working paper from the World Resources Institute (WRI), examined the issue of using food for fuel, which the UN has described as a “crime against humanity.” The researchers...
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Corporate Welfare for Biofuels Goes Beyond RFS

  • 10/08/14
  • AEA
  • Products and Power
As biofuels lobbyists and the Obama Administration are battling over the final numbers for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, the Administration is attempting to prop up the biofuels industry through military purchasing. The Administration recently announced they would be granting $210 million in military contracts to spur the creation of commercial scale biofuels by constructing three biorefineries to produce “drop-in” biofuels.[1] This is not the first time the federal government has...
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Setting the Record Straight on the RFS

  • 09/10/14
  • AEA
  • Products and Power

Nine months after the deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally sent its final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The RFS requires refiners to blend a certain percentage of renewable fuels into the gasoline supply. The countdown is on for one last big lobbying push by renewable fuel interests push for higher requirements than what was included in EPA’s proposed 2014 RFS rule. EPA...


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Beacon Hill Analysis Shows Nevada RPS Hikes Electricity Prices

  • 09/03/14
  • AEA
  • Products and Power
The state of Nevada—like many others—has implemented a “Renewable Portfolio Standard,” or RPS. According to the state mandate—which was first implemented in 1997 but has since been periodically revised—the state utility, NV Energy, must produce at least 25 percent of its total retail electricity with eligible renewable sources by 2025, and 6 percent of the total must be satisfied with solar energy in particular. Beyond the arbitrariness of these political goals—isn’t it a...
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