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

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dow Jones, Bill Tomson

Published January 9, 2009

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

 

A California environmental agency this week will consider a controversial new way to evaluate the carbon footprint of biofuels. At stake for the ethanol industry is continued unencumbered access to the state that uses the most motor fuel in the country, and the prospect that other states could follow California’s lead.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

 

Mitchell Daily Republic, Austin Kaus

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But some people have concerns about the state’s rapid progress of energy development.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

The ethanol industry is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to increase from 10 percent to 15 percent the amount of ethanol that is blended into gasoline, saying it will boost demand, create jobs and foster development of cellulosic fuels.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The tirade that House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota recently delivered accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of sinking the corn-ethanol industry has many of us in the environmental community scratching our heads. Peterson accused federal officials of being "in bed with the oil companies" because their science-based analysis found that corn ethanol doesn't reduce greenhouse-gas emissions as much as the industry claims.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Including indirect land-use change emissions in the life-cycle assessment of greenhouse gases from biofuels is critical to protecting forests and native ecosystems from the consequences of increased biofuels production.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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Monday, May 18, 2009

The corn ethanol industry is misrepresenting scientific facts in efforts to dupe the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into waiving critical public health protections for the sake of boosting ethanol sales.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Corn prices are projected to reach $5 a bushel this year, thanks to heavy rains in the corn belt and fewer acres planted. That's good news for corn farmers, who have watched prices sag after last year's record highs past the $7 mark.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

In March 2009 corn ethanol producers asked for help from the federal government to expand their industry. Growth Energy, a consortium of ethanol producers, petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow 50% more ethanol in gasoline than is currently permitted, requesting approval for E15 fuel (a mixture of gasoline with 15% ethanol) (Growth Energy 2009).

 
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

The following is commentary from Environmental Working Group Midwest Vice President Craig Cox regarding today's release of a Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) report on biofuels.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey has identified the top 150 polluting watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin that cause the annual 8,000 square-mile “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Based on the USGS report released today, members of the Mississippi River Water Quality Collaborative urge the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state policy makers to use the report to solve water quality problems both within the states and downstream in the Gulf.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Letter sent by a coalition of environmental groups, including EWG, to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging that EPA not delay or significantly constrain consideration of indirect land use in the RFS rulemaking. Read the Letter

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Remarks by EWG Midwest Vice-president Craig Cox to the 2009 Kansas Natural Resources Conference. Read the Remarks

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The blind rush by lawmakers to embrace the failed promise of current conventional biofuels has led to growing skepticism in the environmental community that even the much touted next-generation biofuels will become a viable component of a larger US renewable energy portfolio.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Finding ways to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions while producing enough energy to support economic development worldwide is this century’s preeminent challenge. We must meet this challenge while simultaneously reducing environmental degradation, poverty and hunger. The United States must make a sustained commitment to invest in and develop renewable energy sources that contribute to meeting these challenges.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

A coalition of environmental groups, including EWG, released a comprehensive biofuels platform highlighting new scientific evidence that indicates that biofuel production and use results in a net increase of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to petroleum-based fuels.

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