E15: Moving Forward

Make no mistake; EPA’s final E15 label released yesterday is not the end of the E15 story.  Anti-ethanol and renewable fuel interests are continuing their legal challenges and will no

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Ethanol Policy and Meat Prices: Unspinning the Truth

Opponents of biofuels are doing their best to spin the results of a new study released by the Geneva-based International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Anti-biofuel groups like

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Blaming Biofuels Won’t Feed the Hungry

Agricultural ministers from G20 nations are set to meet this week in Paris to discuss responses to rising food prices and food insecurity.  In advance of this meeting, a coalition

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Senate Ethanol Debate: Peeling Away the Onion

If there is one thing for certain in Washington, it is that nothing is ever as it seems. That has certainly been the case this week with three votes on

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The Politic$ of Sen. Coburn’s Anti-Ethanol Efforts

For those that thought the influence of Big Oil on Capitol Hill might have waned in the aftermath of the BP oil spill…think again.  For proof, one need not look

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Ethanol Export Boom Continues; USDA Trims Corn Acre Estimate

Today was a busy day for ethanol and grain market data junkies. First, USDA released its June supply-demand estimates, which showed a downward revision to 2011 planted and harvested corn

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When Engineering Fails…Blame Ethanol?

“Round up all the usual suspects” as the saying goes in Casablanca – or apparently in the corporate offices of STIHL Incorporated.  On May 25, 2011, STIHL Incorporated issued a

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Ethanol and the Politics of OPEC

Just when America had all it could handle with the intense political struggle on Capitol Hill and around the country, a new column by Financial Times Commodities Editor Javier Blas

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A Fresh Look at Ethanol’s Impact on Oil Markets: Weakening WTI, Waning Imports, and WikiLeaks

If you’ve been following the crude oil markets even casually over the last six months, you’ve certainly noticed the unprecedented spread between two key oil price benchmarks—West Texas Intermediate (WTI)

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