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.
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.
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.
Today’s slumping oil prices may undermine viability of alt-fuel programs – again.
To take corn out of cereal bowls and put it into our gas tanks isn't an answer to global warming.