Are the Days of Ethanol Numbered?

In the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, it laid out a framework that was set to increase ethanol in the U.S. to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil. A large part of that effort thus far has been fulfilled with corn ethanol. It appears, though, that this could be coming to an end.

Current legislation in Congress is looking at removing the corn ethanol mandates and reduce the amount of ethanol in gasoline to 10%. The move, which has support on both sides of the aisle, could spell trouble for the politically contentious industry. In this video, Fool.com contributor Tyler Crowe takes a look at why corn ethanol is in hot water right now and what it could mean for players in the ethanol and gasoline markets.

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  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 11:47 AM, jvet wrote:

    Legalize industrial grade hemp. Easier to grow and far more diverse uses than corn. Including fuel, fiber and cooking oils. Who was the doofus that outlawed it? The same US government that pleaded for it's cultivation prior to the end of WWII.

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 11:57 AM, tom3008 wrote:

    Do you bother to do any research before spouting off? Ethanol spread has been positive since 1rst of April. Here, I'll help your ignorant soul. Go to CME ethanol outlook report (u can Google?) to get free info on the corn spread. Published every 2 weeks. Please try and confine your weblog to accurate information.

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 12:12 PM, coma44 wrote:

    Are the Days of Ethanol Numbered?

    They never should have started, it is a zero sum game at best.

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 12:39 PM, lm1b2 wrote:

    Unbelievable that our Representatives would use Corn as a biofuel to begin with,driving up prices in the grocery store,and contributing to Worldwide hunger.Now that we have severe drought conditions,and corn prices are skyrocketing they are suddenly concern,they could have used any crop,but these idiots allowed the Oil industry to use Corn !

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 12:47 PM, sm5574 wrote:

    Ethanol was always such a bad idea, and increasing usage was an even worse one. Reduce dependence on foreign oil by ruining our engines? My bike gets 50 mpg, and ethanol could park it for good. Brilliant!

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 2:41 PM, bobthegoodone wrote:

    Ethanol is the biggest scam ever put over on the American public !

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 3:42 PM, HighlandsFlash wrote:

    Using a product like corn to make fuel is a terrible idea. It is a greed issue and nothing else.

    Look at the South America where they make it from sugar cane waste. Not the cane, the waste that is left from the cane. And it works fine. No reason we can't do the same thing here.

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 4:13 PM, MinisterMike wrote:

    I don't know where most of you live but in my area every gas pump I go to says "contains up to 10% Ethanol" and has for ages. I've never encountered a problem related to its addition to our fuel. In fact, I run 87% octane and haven't even had so much as a clogged fuel injector.

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 4:38 PM, harold43702 wrote:

    Good!!! If they stop the production of ethanol for vehicles, there will be a lot of new moonshine makers out there. Nothing like good shine.

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 5:12 PM, luckyagain wrote:

    Most of the people believe that the corn that is being used to produce ethanol is taking food out of the mouth of people. Almost all of the corn produced in the US is fed to animals. Even the corn used to produce ethanol only uses the sugar part of it and the rest is turned into animal feed.

    Of course the oil industry want to get rid of ethanol, after all it competes with oil. Most of the ethanol is produced by farmer owned ethanol plants. Producing ethanol allows the farmers to make more money from their corn crop. It also decrease oil consumption by about 10%. The corn is made in the US while the extra oil would have to be imported and send more money outside of the country.

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 5:59 PM, oneofthemasses wrote:

    Are the Days of Ethanol Numbered? I sure hope so. It raises the price of food. Lowers MPG's. and collects water on high humid days. In carburated engines a mix higher then 10 percent cause the engine to run too lean, destroying them. The extra water absorb while sitting for next use causes the aluminum to oxidize plugging passages. In theory it was an good ideal, in practice it sinks.

  • Report this Comment On April 24, 2013, at 7:26 AM, acco1118 wrote:

    would prime farmland in the midwest be selling for 16000 per acre without ethanol subsidies? just food for thought

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