Corn + Ethanol = Happy Future

Cindy Zimmerman

Commentary by Chris Novak, Chief Executive Officer, National Corn Growers Association Growth Energy and its members met last week in Miami, Florida for their annual leadership conference. Next week, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will gather in San Diego, California for their National Ethanol Conference – and in less than a month, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) will host …

Commentary, corn, Ethanol, NCGA

Forbes Flubs Ethanol Facts

Cindy Zimmerman

A Forbes article by a contributing editor proclaiming that “corn ethanol is of no use” contained such blatant fact errors that the author had to change it. “Thanks to … commenters for pointing out some errors, especially my failing to mention the tax credits and tariffs have expired,” wrote author James Conca after removing that reference from the story. Not …

biofuels, Commentary, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Woman Abducted By Alien: Oil to Run Out by 2026

Joanna Schroeder

*BREAKING NEWS* Tiffany Hoffinhoffer was driving home near midnight from a work trip when she pulled over for fuel at a rural gas station located just outside Jewell Junction, Iowa. Tired and wanting to get home, she was going through the motions of filling up her gas tank when she says suddenly a bright purple light descended on her. Cupping …

Commentary, Miscellaneous, Renewable Energy

Corn Grower’s Viewpoint on VEETC – It’s Over

Cindy Zimmerman

National Corn Growers Association president Garry Niemeyer, a farmer from Illinois, penned an editorial this week in an effort to let those still complaining about the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) know that the game is over. Read that commentary below. Back in August, the Green Scissors Project identified ways the federal government could shave $380 billion from the …

Commentary, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA

Brazil Exports Ethanol, Struggles to Meet Its Ethanol Demand

Joanna Schroeder

This month, Brazil has resumed exporting ethanol to the United States, at the same time the country is struggling to meet its own country’s demand for ethanol to fuel is flex fuel vehicles (FFVs). Ethanol producers in the country have expanded exponentially – there are more than 115 ethanol plants many of which have come online since 2005. However, despite …

biofuels, Brazil, Commentary, Ethanol, International

Nestle Chairman – Biofuels Are Immoral

Joanna Schroeder

The Chairman of Nestle, who just so happens to sit on the board of ExxonMobil, Peter Brabeck-Latmathe, lambasted global leaders for their support of “immoral” biofuel policies that are starving millions around the world earlier this week. In particular, he attacked the Obama administration for promoting corn-based ethanol and reserved no kind words for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack who …

Commentary, corn, Ethanol, food and fuel, International, NCGA, Opinion, water

Friends of the Earth Biofools Day Nominees

Cindy Zimmerman

Friends of the Earth (FOE) has announced this year’s nominees for the organization’s “Biofool of the Year” award. Among the nominees are the publishers of Domestic Fuel, myself and my husband/partner Chuck Zimmerman. The award was established by FOE “to recognize leaders that promote dirty biofuels” – especially corn ethanol – and was won last year by then House Agriculture …

Commentary, Company Announcement, corn, Environment, Ethanol, Whackos

President’s Energy Goals Sound Familiar

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives of the renewable fuels industry were pleased to hear President Obama talking about energy independence during his State of the Union address last night, saying that we need to “break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015” as well as mentioning wind and solar, …

biofuels, Commentary, Ethanol, Government, Solar, Video, Wind

States Scale Back RPS’s As Senate Ramps Up RES Efforts

Joanna Schroeder

As several senators make one last push for a federal Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) to be enacted before the close of the 111th Congress, several states are considering scaling back their current Renewable Energy Portfolios (RPS). At the federal level, groups such as the bipartisan Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition cite an RES as a way to give the country an …

biomass, Commentary, Electricity, politics, Solar, Wind

America’s Slippery Slope of Support for Renewable Energy

Joanna Schroeder

Our country is quickly sliding down a slippery slope. Not too long ago, we were the leaders in renewable energy – wind, solar, biofuels. Today, not only have the major technological advancements come from overseas, our manufacturing facilities, entrepreneurs and investors are going, or have gone overseas as well. Where are they going? Brazil. India. China. Why? Because these countries …

biofuels, biomass, Commentary, Opinion, Solar, Wind