March 21, 2012
‘I made a mistake’: Al Gore’s U-turn on corn ethanol as he admits the food-vs-fuel competition is real
November 23, 2010
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 7:25 AM on 23rd November 2010
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was ‘not a good policy’, weeks before tax credits are up for renewal.
U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel even when it is more expensive than gasoline. The credits are up for renewal on December 31.
Total U.S. ethanol subsidies reached $7.7billion last year according to the International Energy Industry, which said biofuels worldwide received more subsidies than any other form of renewable energy.
‘It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,’ said Mr Gore, speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank.
‘First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small.
November 16, 2010
Posted November 8, 2010
The New York Times has come to grips with the economic realities of renewable energy. Matthew Wald and Tom Zeller Jr. write:
Even as many politicians, environmentalists and consumers want renewable energy and reduced dependence on fossil fuels, a growing number of projects are being canceled or delayed because governments are unwilling to add even small amounts to consumers’ electricity bills.
Electricity generated from wind or sun still generally costs more — and sometimes a lot more — than the power squeezed from coal or natural gas. Prices for fossil fuels have dropped in part because the recession has reduced demand. In the case of natural gas, newer drilling techniques have opened the possibility of vast new supplies for years to come.
Cost of Green Power Makes Projects Tougher Sell
August 10, 2010
By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9
The EPA is considering regulations that would crack down on farm dust.
Curtis Roberts stands at his farm in Arcadia. Farmers like Roberts are concerned about the possible regulations.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust, so senators have signed a letter addressing their concerns on the possible regulations.
The letter dated July 23 to the EPA states, “If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation’s history.” It further states, “We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense. These identified levels will be extremely burdensome for farmers and livestock producers to attain. Whether its livestock kicking up dust, soybeans being combined on a dry day in the fall, or driving a car down the gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event.”