ethanol http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/12413/all en Biofuels Harm Planet, Cost More, British Group Says http://www.mrc.org/articles/biofuels-harm-planet-cost-more-british-group-says <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chatham House think tank says biofuels are ‘worse than fossil fuels.’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Biofuels harm the planet more than fossil fuels, and even lead to greater deforestation, according to a <a href="http://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/default/files/public/Research/Energy,%20Environment%20and%20Development/0413pp_biofuels.pdf">report</a> put out this month by the British think tank <a href="http://www.chathamhouse.org/about-us/about-chatham-house">Chatham House</a>. The study also said that biofuels are far less cost effective than traditional fuels.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/biofuels-harm-planet-cost-more-british-group-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Climate Change Energy Environment Government biofuels Chatham House cooking oil for fuel deforestation E15 energy ethanol food shortages fossil fuels fuel fuel mandates Great Britain Indonesia research UK wave of the future Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:00:06 +0000 julia.seymour 43196 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Ignore Ethanol Mandates in Most Coverage of Historic Drought http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-ignore-ethanol-mandates-most-coverage-historic-drought <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With corn crops dwindling, ethanol fuel requirements are poised to push prices even higher, something but ABC, CBS and NBC barely acknowledge. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/liz-thatcher">Liz Thatcher</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The severe drought affecting the Midwest this year has caused the latest corn projections to be the <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/243101-biofuels-industry-prepares-for-attack-during-obama-iowa-visit">lowest since 1995</a>. With such a small corn crop, the government mandates that make some of that corn be used for ethanol make even less sense, and will raise prices even further.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-ignore-ethanol-mandates-most-coverage-historic-drought" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Energy Environment Government biofuel corn crop drought EPA ethanol food prices food riots food vs. fuel fuel prices gasoline government mandate inflation prices Regulation scarcity shortage Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 julia.seymour 41007 at http://www.mrc.org Drought http://www.mrc.org/cartoons/drought <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/glenn-foden">Glenn Foden</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3000" height="2529" title="Media Research Center" alt="Media Research Center" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/BMI-Corn%20Belt.jpg?1345130084" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-published"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">August 16, 2012 - 11:10am</span> </div> </div> </div> MRC Business Energy Environment Government Agriculture corn corn belt drought ethanol Farming food inflation gas prices inflation nature Weather Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:14:45 +0000 julia.seymour 40922 at http://www.mrc.org Flashback: As EPA Approves E15, Remember the Media's Infatuation with Ethanol http://www.mrc.org/articles/flashback-epa-approves-e15-remember-medias-infatuation-ethanol <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Consumers beware, the Environmental Protection Agency is "poised to approve higher levels of corn-based ethanol in gasoline." Since drivers have already experienced the pain of higher gas prices as well as witnessed global food riots because of ethanol, there is reason for concern about the EPA's latest move.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/flashback-epa-approves-e15-remember-medias-infatuation-ethanol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Energy Environment Government 2006 2007 america animal biofuel biofuels called Cars environmental ethanol fact Food fuel higher Mandates NBC percent phillips planet prices running solution supply town utopia world Fri, 21 Jan 2011 23:35:00 +0000 admin 27542 at http://www.mrc.org Media No Longer Gassed About Ethanol http://www.mrc.org/articles/media-no-longer-gassed-about-ethanol <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/krista-west">Krista West</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Despite the current pressure of economic hardships that all citizens are feeling, the government decided to take another shot at consumers Wednesday.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/media-no-longer-gassed-about-ethanol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Energy ethanol Thu, 14 Oct 2010 17:36:00 +0000 admin 27059 at http://www.mrc.org The Media's Top 10 Worst Economic Myths of 2008 http://www.mrc.org/articles/medias-top-10-worst-economic-myths-2008 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> By</div> <a href="/author/paul-detrick">Paul Detrick</a> </div> </div> </div> <p ><em>Each year the Business & Media Institute looks back on the year's news and selects the top 10 worst economic myths. Here is our 2008 list:</em></p> <p > </p> <p >10. Capitalism is dead or dying.</p> <p >9. Gas at $4-a-gallon, blame the oil companies.</p> <p >8. Fannie’s failure</p> <p >7. Barack Obama sends stocks soaring, but not sinking.</p> <p >6. Alternative energy: All gain, no pain</p> <p >5. The economy has a fever and the only prescription is more bailouts.</p> <p >4. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes</p> <p >3. Oil prices will skyrocket to $200 a barrel, gas to $15.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/medias-top-10-worst-economic-myths-2008" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business 157morecomparisons abc AIG AlternativeEnergy AutoBailout bailoutfever BarackObama BearStearns BenBernanke BigThree bloomberg capitalismisdead CarolCostello cbs CEO CNBC CNN ErinBurnett ethanol exxonmobil Exxonprofits FannieMae FDR FreddieMac GasPrices GeorgeStephanopoulos GreatDepression greenenergy IBD JeffreySachs JimAxelrod JimCramer killertomatoes LouDobbsTonight MadMoney marketfailure MattLauer MichaelMoore MurrayRothbard NBC NewDeal newnewdeal Obamaeffect oilcartel OilCompanies OilPrices OPEC pro-bailout Rally RichardEngel Rob salmonellascare SquawkBox stockmarket TimeMagazine tomatoindustry Top10 WallStreetJournal WashingtonPost Thu, 11 Dec 2008 20:40:45 +0000 admin 25713 at http://www.mrc.org Morning Show Cans Food Companies for 'Shrinking' Products http://www.mrc.org/articles/morning-show-cans-food-companies-shrinking-products <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/paul-detrick">Paul Detrick</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When Tony the Tiger gets fired, we’ll know biofuel mandates have taken their toll.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Correspondent Susan Koeppen said on “The Early Show” Oct. 23 consumers would be “paying more and getting less” for some food products they buy because companies are downsizing their products.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “It’s called downsizing,” Koeppen on the CBS broadcast. “More and more companies are going to start shrinking their products.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/morning-show-cans-food-companies-shrinking-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business biofuelmandates cbs cerealprice consumerreports ConsumerWorld downsizing EdgarDworsky ethanol GlobalInsight NationalJournal productshrink StewartRamsay SusanKoeppen TheEarlyShow ToddMarks Thu, 23 Oct 2008 16:26:20 +0000 admin 25834 at http://www.mrc.org Financial Times Highlights Ethanol 'Bubble' http://www.mrc.org/articles/financial-times-highlights-ethanol-bubble <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/nathan-burchfiel">Nathan Burchfiel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >     The <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region></st1:place> media have hesitated to connect government mandates for biofuels to higher food prices, but one British financial publication’s two-part series finally shed some light on the ethanol ‘bubble.”</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/financial-times-highlights-ethanol-bubble" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Energy Environment ethanol FinancialTimes MediaBias Thu, 23 Oct 2008 14:11:57 +0000 admin 25835 at http://www.mrc.org Friedman on Bailout: Gov't Should Mandate Green Construction http://www.mrc.org/articles/friedman-bailout-govt-should-mandate-green-construction <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It was just a matter of time. Now that government has taken over services normally offered by private corporations as a result of the recent series of bailouts, environmentalists have proposed green building requirements be incorporated into new mortgages.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/friedman-bailout-govt-should-mandate-green-construction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Government BearStearns BigThree bubble Chrysler ethanol foodshortages Ford GasPrices GM governmentbailout greenbuilding LEED NewYorkTimes OilPrices ThomasFriedman WallStreet Wed, 24 Sep 2008 17:38:39 +0000 admin 25911 at http://www.mrc.org 'Evening News:' Food Stamp Allotments Aren't Enough http://www.mrc.org/articles/evening-news-food-stamp-allotments-arent-enough <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >     Food inflation is hurting everybody – even those who don’t have to pay for it, according to the July 2 “CBS Evening News.”</p> <br /> <p >    “With food prices climbing, more and more Americans these days are struggling to feed their families,” anchor Katie Couric said. “Nearly 28 million rely on food stamps for an average <st1:personname w:st="on">ben</st1:personname>efit that comes to only about $24 a week for each person. Many are living hand-to-mouth, month-to-month.”</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/evening-news-food-stamp-allotments-arent-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy AssociatedPress CBSEveningNews ethanol foodinflation foodstamps FRAC KatieCouric SethDoane Thu, 03 Jul 2008 13:26:28 +0000 admin 26071 at http://www.mrc.org 'Energy Independence Day': Take Two http://www.mrc.org/articles/energy-independence-day-take-two <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/nathan-burchfiel">Nathan Burchfiel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As Democrats solidified their control of Congress in early 2007, the newly empowered leadership pledged to “truly declare our energy independence” by July 4, 2007.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) announced she would create a panel on energy independence, “accelerate the implementation of existing clean, energy-efficient technologies,” invest in domestic alternatives and “send our energy dollars to the Midwest not the Middle East.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/energy-independence-day-take-two" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Energy corn Democrats dependence electricity energyindependence ethanol foreign gas mccain MiddleEast mideast Midwest obama oil pelosi power prices solar subsidy wind Wed, 02 Jul 2008 20:10:13 +0000 admin 26074 at http://www.mrc.org CNBC's Burnett: 'Ethanol Mafia is a Powerful Thing' http://www.mrc.org/articles/cnbcs-burnett-ethanol-mafia-powerful-thing <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >     While Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama insists drilling for more oil in off-limits federal lands won’t help gas prices come down, there’s at least one thing that would: lifting tariffs on imported ethanol. Problem is, the Illinois senator’s ties to the powerful U.S. ethanol lobby would prevent him from doing it.</p> <br /> <p >     “I got to tell you – ethanol mafia is a powerful thing, Jim,” CNBC “Street Signs” host Erin Burnett said June 23, noting all the breaks the industry is getting from the U.S. government. “The ethanol emperors – or they are the mafia.”</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/cnbcs-burnett-ethanol-mafia-powerful-thing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Energy Brazil burnett corn Cramer ethanol law lobby lobbyist Mandate obama sugar tariff tax Mon, 23 Jun 2008 20:41:12 +0000 admin 26093 at http://www.mrc.org USA Today Cover Story Down on Drilling, Up on Alternative Fuels to Ease Gas Prices http://www.mrc.org/articles/usa-today-cover-story-down-drilling-alternative-fuels-ease-gas-prices <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Another mainstream media outlet is taking another stab at solving high gas prices.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The latest incarnation appeared <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2008-06-12-gasolineprices_N.htm"></a>in the June 13 USA Today – evaluating what could be done about several factors contributing to a spike in the global price of oil, which impacts the price of a gallon of gas.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/usa-today-cover-story-down-drilling-alternative-fuels-ease-gas-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business alternative car cellulosic corn driving ethanol Food fuel gas GasPrice inflation oil switchgrass Fri, 13 Jun 2008 20:18:06 +0000 admin 26116 at http://www.mrc.org 'Evening News' Blames Corn Prices on Floods, not Ethanol http://www.mrc.org/articles/evening-news-blames-corn-prices-floods-not-ethanol <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; U.S. corn futures topped out at record highs on June 11 on the news that the impact of flooding in the Midwest would hurt this year’s corn crop.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “[A]gricultural disaster aid has been requested for Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan,” CBS correspondent Cynthia Bowers said on the June 11 “Evening News.” “The federal government estimates that this year’s corn crop will be 10 percent lower than last year’s. That’s down 1.4 billion bushels, and it’s too late to do much about it.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/evening-news-blames-corn-prices-floods-not-ethanol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Trade Agriculture corn cost crop ethanol farm flood Food futures GasPrices inflation Mandate market Midwest oil subsidy trading Thu, 12 Jun 2008 14:28:10 +0000 admin 26123 at http://www.mrc.org Global Warming Alarmists Like High Gas Prices http://www.mrc.org/articles/global-warming-alarmists-high-gas-prices <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/nathan-burchfiel">Nathan Burchfiel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >     Gas has finally hit $4 a gallon. Most Americans are upset about the cost, but to some journalists, environmental activists and politicians, high gas prices are good news.</p> <br /> <p >     Even though the media have complained about <a href="http://businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20080509153559.aspx" />“sky-high” gas prices</a>, reporting the pain caused at the pump, they have declared energy conservation the “clear winner” from rising prices and have even called for higher prices to boost the “green” movement, as The New York Times did as early as 2005.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/global-warming-alarmists-high-gas-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Economy alternative ClimateChange crisis crunch Depression driving ethanol fuel GasPrices GlobalWarming hybrid oil pain pump Recession Wed, 11 Jun 2008 16:16:58 +0000 admin 26128 at http://www.mrc.org