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    Want to Help the Poor? Repeal Ethanol Mandate, Don’t Raise Minimum Wage

    Many Senators propose raising the minimum wage to reduce poverty. However, minimum-wage increases have no statistically significant effect on poverty rates. Few of the workers who would get raises come from poor families. Worse, higher minimum wages discourage hiring and reduce access to entry-level jobs. Congress should look to effective … More

    Fueling Cronyism

    No one knows how much ethanol Americans would use if the fuel didn’t receive preferential treatment. Would we use any at all? We do know it has drawbacks as compared to gasoline. Ethanol has less energy, so it reduces fuel efficiency and increases costs. It can damage small engines such … More

    Obama’s “Case for Action” on Climate Change Doesn’t Cut It

    Yesterday, President Obama announced his climate action plan to drastically cut carbon dioxide emissions and mandate greater energy efficiency. This four-paragraph “case for action” on climate change does not legitimize the next 15 pages of federal overreach into the energy sector (and by extension the homes, businesses, and pocketbooks of … More

    Renewable Fuels: Raze the Maize Mandate

    Senators John Barrasso (R–WY), Mark Pryor (D–AR), and Pat Toomey (R–PA) introduced a bill today to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Efforts in the House to do likewise are underway. The problem with the RFS isn’t corn or farmers or ethanol. The problem is that it is bad governance, … More

    Ethanol Mandate Leads to Violence, Social Unrest

    The conversion of corn to ethanol has contributed to a doubling in global food prices since 2005, according to a report by the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI). In a presentation at The Heritage Foundation, Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam elaborated upon earlier research done by NECSI demonstrating a link between … More

    Ethanol: List of Mandate's Victims Keeps Growing

    Bring a rancher, a motorcyclist, a governor, a poultry producer, a gas station manager, and a restaurant owner together around a table, and they probably wouldn’t have much in common regarding their day-to-day lives. But they have all joined the growing ranks of people dissatisfied with the renewable fuel standard. … More

    Congress Should Permanently Waive the Ethanol Mandate

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected a proposal from a number of governors and federal legislators to partially waive the Renewable Fuels Standard, which mandates the production of 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022. This year, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires refiners to blend nearly … More

    The EPA’s 4 Gallon Minimum Fuel Requirement

    Drive an older car or own a moped, motorcycle or lawnmower? Depending on which fuel pump you use, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring that you buy at least four gallons of fuel—although some vehicles that require the minimum four gallon requirement don’t even have a four gallon fuel … More

    U.S. Farmers Seeing Record Profits, Thanks to Taxpayers and Government

    The Financial Times reports that “U.S. farmers are heading for their most profitable year on record despite the worst drought in half a century as high grain prices and payouts from a federal crop insurance program compensate for a smaller harvest.” Higher profits are great—when they come from real market … More

    The Conservationist's Case for Ending the Reign of Ethanol

    This past year, the USDA produced a couple of lengthy research reports (here and here) concluding what others have also documented: The federal government’s drive to increase ethanol use has created an environmentally hazardous production cycle in the name of renewable energy that is neither affordable nor clean. The Renewable … More