Topic: Renewable Fuels Association
An intensely dry season across the midwestern states has led to a sever drought in those regions, and the drought has led to poor production of corn, soybean and wheat, harming corn ethanol exports and adding pressure to the "fuel versus food" debate.
As corn prices soar amid deepening drought, ethanol plants watch their margins evaporate. The industry is working at half-capacity, and some plants have closed. The slowdown is a blow to some rural areas.
A freight train that derailed and exploded Friday in Illinois was carrying ethanol. Though rail transport of ethanol has increased dramatically, accidents involving hazardous materials are down.
10/07/2011 07:56 pm
The Senate vote on repealing tax subsidies for ethanol producers has big political ramifications, but the impact on the industry could be minimal. A continuing federal mandate that requires refiners to blend ethanol into gasoline provides adequate support for producers, experts say.
06/14/2011 04:03 pm
Today’s slumping oil prices may undermine viability of alt-fuel programs – again.
11/06/2008 12:00 am
To take corn out of cereal bowls and put it into our gas tanks isn't an answer to global warming.
10/23/2007 01:00 am