We tried. It didn’t work.
Let’s Put the Ethanol Mandate Behind Us.
There is a mandate in place that requires your gasoline to contain 10% ethanol. The intent was to reduce carbon emissions, but in reality, ethanol production is more harmful to our environment and economy than lawmakers realized.
Rethink Ethanol is a new initiative to address our nation’s failed mandated and subsidized corn-based ethanol policies. We will be engaging voters, thought leaders, industry experts, and policymakers in a frank conversation on the effects of corn-based ethanol.
This is the face of ethanol mandates.
Co-founder’s note: “I authored this timely essay. It was published by the Washington Times. Although it does not address the absurdity of biofuel subsidies, it explains another reason that corn production in excess of our needs is so detrimental to biodiversity.”
– Jerry Jung
What a Pandemic Can Teach Us about the Demise of Insect Biodiversity
It has been over a century since so many people have been informed about the spread of a contagious disease. Concepts such as herd immunity, social distancing and how airborne pathogens are spread have become the centerpiece of numerous blogs, articles and conversations.
Perhaps a better-informed public can now appreciate what is happening to the global ecosystem. As numerous scientific and popular articles attest, insect populations are in steep decline. I’ve experienced this firsthand on my hobby farm in central Michigan when monarch butterflies stopped arriving on their multi-generation migration from Mexico. Insect populations, especially migrating insect populations that comprise larger flying insects, have been decimated in the past 10 to 20 years.
U.S. ethanol plants are expected to sharply curtail production in the weeks ahead as steep Midwest corn prices and the U.S.-China trade war have led to weak margins and oversupply, industry sources said. Margins to produce ethanol in the Corn Belt – where most U.S. production takes place – have fallen… read more
Environmentalists are taking their case that corn-based ethanol is bad for the planet to the state that makes more of it than any other: Iowa. They are bird-dogging presidential candidates such as Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker at rallies and town halls… read more
In recent weeks, President Trump returned to Iowa to court U.S. farmers ahead of the official launch of his reelection campaign and to sign his much-anticipated rulemaking allowing year-round sales of E15, an unlawful action… read more
Ethanol plant operators are fixated on the federal mandate and rules because without significant federal assistance, ethanol makes no economic sense. Numerous studies as well as common sense conclude… read more
Under the surface of Lake Erie lies a vast and complex ecosystem of plants and animals. In a recent study, University of Michigan scientists dove into the biology of the lake’s algae population to better understand… read more
Many environmentalists who once supported the U.S. ethanol policy are now regretting their decision as data shows the corn-based fuel is wiping out the country’s monarch butterfly population… read more
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Estimated increase in cost of corn between 2006 and 2011 attributed to the RFS mandate. The RFS creates a guaranteed demand for ethanol that does not reflect market realities.
Source: Our Energy Policy – The Effect of the US Ethanol Mandate on Corn Prices
The number of years it took us to remedy our lands from edge tillage. Edge tillage is planting right up to the edge of the field thereby removing protective bordering lands and increasing soil erosion, chemical runoff and other problems. It took us 40 years to end edge tillage in this country, and overnight ethanol brought it back with a vengeance.
Source: Forbes Magazine: “It’s Final — Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use”
Recent land conversions to grow more corn and soybeans released 131 million tons of carbon into the air between 2008 and 2012, as much as 34 coal-fired power plants.
Source: April 2015 study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin.
The EPA can improve the quality of our air, water, and land by accepting the reality that the national policy to promote corn-based ethanol is a failure. This policy, initially well intended, is devastating to our environment and to our wildlife. It’s distorting food quality and prices. And, our government is wasting taxpayers’ money to further the damage caused by corn-based ethanol. It is time to stop and rethink ethanol.
In 2007, Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard with good intentions: reducing dependence on fossil fuels, accelerating development of sustainable biofuels, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Unfortunately, nine years later, there have been severe unintended consequences—large-scale loss of wildlife habitat (especially native grasslands) and degradation of water quality—and wildlife has borne the brunt of these impacts.
Ethanol production is damaging to land, water, air and wildlife.