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EWG’s research exposes the false promise of powering cars with corn ethanol and producing electricity by burning trees.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The renewable fuel standard, the federal law that year after year requires refiners to blend more corn ethanol into gasoline, has caused millions of acres of grasslands to be plowed up and added millions of tons of carbon emissions to the atmosphere, a new study confirms.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate today would drastically curtail the serious environmental damage inflicted by corn ethanol production, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

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News Release
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bipartisan legislation introduced today to eliminate the federal requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline would help pave the way for greener biofuels and lessen the burden on the environment, said Environmental Working Group Policy Analyst Mike Lavender.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Growing corn to make fuel for your car just doesn’t work. And reversing government policies that require it would ease a world of problems.

 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

An amendment filed today by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) to repeal the federal corn ethanol mandate would make room to develop greener advanced fuels for American cars and trucks, Environmental Working Group said today. The proposal was introduced as an amendment to the pending bill that would mandate approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.

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News Release
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Every year, EWG’s editors ask our colleagues on the EWG staff to tell us what they consider the Top 10 environmental stories of the year in each of the two topic areas covered by the two blogs on EWG’s website – Enviroblog and AgMag. All of us – from senior scientists to policy analysts to web designers to support staff and even management – get a chance to nominate as many stories as we want. From those two lists each staff member then votes for what she or he considers the three most important stories in each category.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

In 2007, corn ethanol was offered up as an environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline. But nearly seven years to the day since Congress put it in play, we’re still not seeing the benefits. In fact, quite the opposite. 

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Corn ethanol production has soared to record heights this year, and with large harvests and low corn prices, that means record profits for the industry. Yet even with ethanol refiners making money hand over fist, the industry still claims it needs a government mandate to stay afloat.

 

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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Obama administration today delayed its decision to finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard until next year.

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News Release
Friday, November 7, 2014

According to a new study from the Department of Energy, corn ethanol has helped drive down the energy content in a gallon of gasoline by 3 percent since 1993.  And less energy per gallon means fewer miles per gallon.

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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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