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Archives: April

Opposition to the Import Tariff Grows

by Joel Velasco on Apr 30, 2010

Earlier this week, in their article “Taking Biofuels to the Next Level,” the Center for American Progress called for phasing down the tariff on imported ethanol. Today the chorus of voices swells to include the major livestock, poultry and meat producers in the U.S. Read More

Obama Visits Corn Ethanol Plant While Progressive Democrats Call for Import Tariff Phase Down

by Joel Velasco on Apr 28, 2010

President Obama visited a corn ethanol plant in Missouri but was vague on continuing the 30-year history of subsidies and trade protection for ethanol. He did, however, suggest that U.S. biofuels have to be competitive on a global basis. Amen to that! Read More

Cane’s Contribution to a Sustainable Planet

by Joel Velasco on Apr 22, 2010

Forty years ago, our planet began celebrating Earth Day. This day has come to symbolize the struggle we face to protect our natural resources while ensuring a sustainable path for the planet’s continued development. The modern environmental movement may have been born on college campuses, but its benefits now permeate the globe, including in the Brazilian sugarcane industry. Read More

On Ethanol Subsidies

by Joel Velasco on Apr 15, 2010

Today I addressed ludicrous claims by the corn ethanol advocacy group Growth Energy about the Brazilian ethanol industry. People love to criticize subsidies as all bad. That is not necessarily the case. The problem is when the subsidy spigot is not turned off after its done its job. Read More

Let's Do the Math

by Joel Velasco on Apr 15, 2010

You may have seen today's news release from the Renewable Fuels Association criticizing some of the economic data on this site and claiming that corn ethanol is less expensive than sugarcane ethanol. I just sent RFA a detailed reply addressing each of their claims – which I’m posting online. Read More

Ground Rules

by Joel Velasco on Apr 11, 2010

Welcome to the Sweeter Alternative Blog. In my first post, I’d like to set some guiding principles for this blog that I hope will make it – as the title suggests – a sweeter alternative to the current energy debate in Washington. Read More

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