Research

Advancing Corn Ethanol in an Era of Low Oil Prices

(2015)
DeFour Group LLC/Dean Drake

Corn ethanol is under attack by a combination of oil interests concerned about losing market share and some environmental groups trying to protect favored technologies like electric vehicles from cost beneficial biofuels. ”Renewables Now!” is a new narrative focusing on this country’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26% – 28% from 2005 levels by 2025. Only those renewable fuels and efficiency technologies currently invented and proven could be employed to achieve these reductions in such a short timeframe. Only proven biofuels like corn ethanol can increase the greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector between now and 2025. In addition, any rollback of corn ethanol between now and then will create greenhouse gas emission increases that must be offset if the U.S. is to achieve its targets. Under “Renewables Now!” our team will conduct the air quality and economic analysis to support this narrative and provide a comprehensive report to state and national corn growers describing our findings.