Big Ethanol is just not having a good week

posted at 10:01 am on November 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

As I mentioned earlier this week, Big Ethanol is not happy with the Associated Press about their recent bout of detailed, investigative attention to the many ways in which federal biofuels policies directly engender aggressive environmental degradation, and they are devoting their time to disproving, discrediting, and otherwise explaining away the AP’s report like their industry’s survival depends on it — mostly because, you know, it does. Without the Renewable Fuel Standard’s mandate (which was passed in 2007, but upon which the Obama administration has relentlessly doubled down), demand for corn-based ethanol would slip by the wayside — and they certainly can’t have that.

You might not have known this, but according to Big Ethanol insiders, the Associated Press is actually in the pocket of Big Oil. Who knew? Via the Daily Caller:

The ethanol industry is firing back against the Associated Press after an investigative report that casts serious doubt on ethanol’s environmental benefits. …

“We are trying to make sure that people understand the rest of the story,” said Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association. “We are going through this article point by point by point and refuting opinions with facts… And I think when the whole story is out there, people will see this for what it it.”

“It’s just another attempt by people that don’t want to reduce our dependence on oil — that are satisfied with the status quo, that want to see cheap corn — trying to pull the wool over the consumers eyes, and I don’t think it works in the end,” Dinneen added.

Oil industry representatives have denied involvement in the AP’s report, arguing that the ethanol industry is simply resorting to using them as a scapegoat for their failed policies. …

I would also suggest to Big Ethanol that they are hardly in the position to throw stones about collusion and cronyism, seeing as how they have their own pockets well-lined with Obama administration officials and lawmakers, no?

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27 comments or bust!

Bishop on November 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Do we butter that corn first, or just jam it in there dry?

Akzed on November 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Corn is Food

workingclass artist on November 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM

They’re actually insinuating that the Associated Press colluded with or was duped by Big Oil ?

Oh, that’s a howler right there.

deadrody on November 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Big Ethel has lost it.

Flange on November 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Good. Big Ethanol sucks.

22044 on November 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Big Ethanol — less rational than Fidel Castro.

jon1979 on November 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

You might not have known this, but according to Big Ethanol insiders, the Associated Press is actually in the pocket of Big Oil.

Corn oil?…shucks.

There may be a kernel of truth to this…

JetBoy on November 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Yet another big federal crony-capitalist crap sandwich is flailing? Good.

Keep it coming!

MTF on November 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

So this Dineen person seems to be against cheap corn? The ethanol lobby is against low consumer prices on corn… because… they want higher prices for the growers/producers of ethanol?

Cheap food should be a priority as it is the best way of feeding the world.

These people are scum.

antisense on November 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM

27 comments or bust!

Bishop on November 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Unfortunately apt. Not enough Jesus or sex to get most HA to comment.

antisense on November 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM

On the bright side: Unlike Venezuela, when we run out of toilet paper, we can always turn to the use of corn cobs as an alternative.

Turtle317 on November 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

If you like your corn, you can eat your corn. Period.

Laurence on November 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM

God forbid we want to see “cheap corn” which would benefit the poor the most. Less money for food, more money for insurance cost increases, if you believe ObamaCare is good for this country.

djaymick on November 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

I’ll be glad to see ethanol gone, so my mileage numbers will go up.

Ward Cleaver on November 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

When has it ever made sense to burn food for fuel?

And ethanol is soooo good for an internal combustion engine.

Cinematicfilm on November 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Erika? You should be doing a post about Big Popcorn.

oldroy on November 14, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Putting food into our gas tanks raises food costs.

Wade on November 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

The ethanol scammers will win in the end. This is one 800 lb. zombie that’s impossible to kill.

Travis Bickle on November 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM

I live in the middle of it and I want it to stop. Unfortunately you get the same reaction from farmers and ethanol workers as you’d get from a welfare queen being told she should vote to end welfare.
It’s too bad.

We’re also hopelessly addicted to wind out here.

Free Indeed on November 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Ethanol is HORRIBLE. It’s MASSIVELY caustic and RUINS engines that aren’t designed to burn it. Your old weed eater or small engine will not last long.

It’s expensive to transport due to its nature, it absorbs water like it’s a sponge and you can’t store it very long before it spoils.

It has been a failure since its inception and should be abolished entirely. Make booze, not fuel. 8^)

Sponge on November 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Great! Now what do I do with my new E85 engine powered truck? AGW will be hardest hit.

Kissmygrits on November 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM

As long as millions in campaign contributions keep flowing from the corn lobby to congressional slimebags, the ethanol rip-off of Americans called will continue.

TeaPartyNation on November 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

I read you lose a couple bushels of topsoil for every acre of corn.

You are burning your topsoil. Meanwhile, oil and gas in the ground is from eons ago, does not diminish topsoil. When you burn it, it eventually returns carbon back to the surface whence it came releasing energy captured from the sun from an era long past. The remaining sun rays from that era were lost into space ages ago.

You need those ethanol sun rays that bad, put out solar collectors and save the soil. Heck mix the collectors with an ecosystem. Start growing milkweeds again so we can get back the butterflies

Ethanol was so bad in my car

entagor on November 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Include natural gas based synthetic ethanol in the renewable fuels standards and the house of cards comes tumbling down. Corn ethanol cannot compete economically.

BTW, 50% of the fertilizer (its ammonia based for the nitrogen) comes from Venezuela, Trinidad, Egypt & Ukraine.

Kermit on November 14, 2013 at 11:01 PM