Solutions to Threat Oil Poses for Armed Forces

Joanna Schroeder

A new video offers solutions to the threat oil poses for America’s armed forces and the nation’s security. The video was developed by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Truman National Security Project. The new video details the growing danger of oil use to the country’s national security. The U.S. Department of Defense is the world’s largest institutional …

algae, biofuels, Electric Vehicles, military, Oil, Video

Corn Interns Educate About E85 Cost

Chuck Zimmerman

Let’s put those interns to work. That’s what Illinois Corn is doing. Interns Tim Marten, a student at SIU-Edwardsville, and Elizabeth O’Reilly, a student at ISU, have been tasked with creating short videos that promote corn. The internships are funded by two communications scholarships from the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. Here’s an example of one of them below. You can …

biofuels, corn, E85, Video

Nebraska Ethanol Sector Leads Manufacturing Wages

Joanna Schroeder

According to Nebraska Department of Labor’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program, over the last decade, Nebraska’s ethanol production sector outpaced all other manufacturing groups in the state in terms of wages earned. For example, in 2013 the average annual wage in the ethanol sector was $59,541 while the average for all other manufacturing sectors was $39,966. “Nebraska’s ethanol …

biofuels, Ethanol

Industry Highlights Flaws in CBO Report

Joanna Schroeder

In an update to a story posted last week regarding the new CBO report, “Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond,” more renewable energy industry representatives are speaking out regarding what they say are flaws in the report. Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy said of the report, “This report looks at unrealistic scenarios and completely ignores the very …

biofuels, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Renewable Energy, RFS

Biofuels and Wind Waiting on Action

Cindy Zimmerman

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy said earlier this year that they planned to issue a final rule on the proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in “late spring or early summer” but spring is gone and summer is here and there’s been no word yet. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said last week that he thought the …

Biodiesel, biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFS, Wind

Murphy USA Offering E15, E85 in Indianola, IA

Joanna Schroeder

Murphy USA is now offering E15 and E85 in Indianola, Iowa location. This station is the first one to begin selling the ethanol fuel blends in Iowa, with six more locations coming online over the next few months. By the end of the summer, E15 and E85 will be available at Murphy USA locations in Clinton, Davenport, Fort Dodge, Mason …

Biodiesel, biofuels, E15, E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA, RFA

Missouri Corn: Market Instability Reinforces Need for Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder

With the continued turmoil in Iraq causing instability in worldwide oil markets, Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is calling for increased ethanol access in the marketplace. Ethanol is trading more than a dollar lower than conventional gasoline according to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. “The cost savings from blending competitively priced ethanol are being kept from consumers,” said MCGA CEO Gary …

biofuels, E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Renewable Energy

U.S. Mayors Expand Climate Protection Agreement

Joanna Schroeder

U.S. Mayors have signed a revised climate protection agreement that for the first time focuses on local actions to adapt cities to changing climate conditions. The agreement is also aims to build grassroots support for local conversation efforts. The action took place during the 82nd Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) meeting where one area of focus was climate change …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Education, energy efficiency, Environment