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Monday, September 15, 2014

Michael Wang can’t handle the truth.

Apparently he was none too pleased to read “Ethanol’s Broken Promise,” Environmental Working Group’s recent report that showed that reducing corn ethanol consumption would help lower greenhouse gas emissions. But in a response he wrote with his colleagues, Wang once again cherry-picked data to support his claim that corn ethanol is better for the climate than gasoline.

Unfortunately for him, there are several inconvenient truths about ethanol.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Corn-based ethanol is a major cause of the water pollution that is ravaging the Mississippi River basin and the Gulf of Mexico, a report by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inspector general concluded this week (Sept. 4).

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Corn is in the food we eat, the soda we drink, the gas we buy, plastics, cleaners – it’s everywhere.

Producing all that corn is a $1.7 trillion industry in the United States, and as a new report documents, it’s one that takes a tremendous toll on the environment and is under threat from water shortages and climate change. But federal policies continue to encourage corn growers and corn-based industries to stay on an unsustainable course.  

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Monday, June 16, 2014

EWG’s recent report, “Ethanol’s Broken Promise,” came under attack last week (June 12) by researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory who challenged our conclusion that reducing the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline will reduce the carbon emissions that intensify global warming.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Renewable Fuels Association, a well-funded lobbyist group for Big Ethanol, recently responded to EWG’s report, Ethanol’s Broken Promise, by claiming that corn ethanol isn’t worse for the climate than gasoline.  

RFA hasn't done its homework. Recent peer-reviewed research shows that the model RFA uses to mount its defense drastically under-estimates carbon emissions.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

We already knew that corn ethanol produces more greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline.

Now the Obama Administration says corn ethanol is thirstier than gasoline.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Obama Administration is right to demand cuts to greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But those reductions won’t be a reality until 2030. If the Administration wants to cut emissions right now, the Environmental Protection Agency should move ahead with its plan to reduce the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Washington, D.C. --  Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, has issued a statement calling EWG’s new report,  Ethanol’s Broken Promise: Using Less Corn Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions “simply preposterous” and misrepresenting studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy. 

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News Release
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Taking 580,000 cars and trucks off the road would reduce a lot of greenhouse gas emissions.  And something like that would happen if a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency becomes reality.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

 A proposal now being considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to cut the amount of corn ethanol required in gasoline would lower greenhouse gas emissions by 3 million metric tons, according to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ethanol’s Broken Promise: Using Less Corn Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Monday, March 31, 2014

A new report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the risks biofuels present to food security and the environment and questions the ability of U.S. biofuels policies to slow climate change, Environmental Working Group said in a statement today.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

The trade organization that represents biotechnology companies, including those that develop and market biofuels, came out with a study this week (March 26) claiming that lowering the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

There’s one small problem with the research sponsored by Biotechnology Industry Organization, known as BIO: it assumes that corn has magical properties.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline is a small step in the right direction, EWG said in comments submitted to the agency today. 

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News Release
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bipartisan legislation introduced today that would repeal the federal requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline is a welcome step toward reform of the biofuels program known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, EWG Policy Associate Alex Rindler said today.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Congress should reform the federal biofuels program known as the Renewable Fuel Standard by reducing the requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline and ending corn ethanol’s exemption from important environmental standards, EWG Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Faber told a Senate panel today.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

 

Testimony of Scott Faber

Senior Vice President for Government Affairs

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to lower the amount of corn ethanol in gasoline is an acknowledgement that the biofuel blending program known as the Renewable Fuel Standard “isn’t working as designed” and must be reformed EWG Policy Associate Alex Rindler told an EPA panel today.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to lower the amount of corn ethanol blended in gasoline in 2014 acknowledges that the Renewable Fuel Standard program is broken.

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News Release
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The federal requirement to blend nearly 14 billion gallons of corn ethanol into gasoline – more than the system can physically absorb – is slowing the nation’s transition to low carbon fuels, harming the environment and hurting California’s farmers and livestock producers.

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