06.24.2020

EPA biofuel mandates don’t make sense

By Rick Manning Did you know that adding corn into oil based gasoline actually increases the cost of that gas over non-blended gasoline? How about the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency’s own data shows that refiners had to rely on 481 million gallons of foreign fuel to meet […]

06.04.2020

Covid-19 food supply disruptions threaten foreign dumping of agriculture, hurting U.S. farmers and ranchers

By Rick Manning Americans were stunned in late March and throughout most of April and May that many of the shelves that normally carried staples at the grocery store were empty.  This, more than any other image, stunned many as it demonstrated the fragility of our nation’s […]

12.18.2019

The Renewable Fuel Standard is the gift that keeps on taking

By Rick Manning As we approach Christmas it is time to take another look at one of the “gifts” Congress gave the U.S. and how it continues to be the gift that keeps on taking. It is a gift that has not only failed to do what […]

11.13.2019

Brazil sugar cane controversy opens door to trade deal

By Rick Manning Brazil is the leading producer of sugar cane in the world and environmentalists in the South American country worry that a recent decision by President Jair Bolsonaro’s government to end a ten-year moratorium on new cane production in the Amazon rainforest will spark new development. While Brazilian sugar production […]

08.10.2018

EPA study shows it is time to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard

By Printus LeBlanc This week the corn lobby celebrated thirteen years since the establishment of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Thirteen years of the government mandating the public buy an inferior product from well-connected lobbyists in Washington, D.C., and we wonder where they got the […]

08.03.2018

The Renewable Fuel Standard is the Obamacare of the energy industry

By Printus LeBlanc After Scott Pruitt resigned as EPA Administrator, the cheers from K street could be heard around the country. The lobbyist camp led the fight against Pruitt because since coming into the position, Pruitt set his sights on one of the biggest sacred […]

07.02.2018

Who is behind the scheme to keep the unsustainable RFS in place?

By Printus LeBlanc The ethanol lobby and corn farmers are teaming up to keep the government mandated gravy train flowing into their bank accounts. After a deal was reached between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), several Senators, and oil refiners regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard […]

03.16.2018

The Renewable Fuel Standard is beyond repair; it is time to repeal it.

By Printus LeBlanc For several years the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has placed an undue burden on the consumers and producers of transportation fuel. It became clear early in the implementation of the RFS it had significant flaws, but special interests have fought reform for […]

02.23.2018

The RFS has bankrupted its first refinery, more to follow

By Printus LeBlanc Americans for Limited Government has been warning of the impending bankruptcies in the petroleum refining industry for some time now. Well, the first canary, Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), has died, and the only question left is how many more will die before […]

12.08.2017

It is time to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard

By Printus LeBlanc Two political powerhouses are getting ready to do battle. Texas and Louisiana are the hub of U.S. energy production, and Iowa and Nebraska are the hub of U.S. ethanol production. The two groups are battling over a law passed over a decade […]

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