Ethanol

June 3, 2013--New study predicts rising irrigation costs, reduced yields for U.S. corn (Science Daily)

 If the climate continues to evolve as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United States stands little to no chance of satisfying its current biofuel goals, according to a new study by Rice University and the University of California at Davis.


May 24, 2013--Prices rise, links go under plow (Durango Herald)

Across the Midwest, farmers are planting crops on almost any scrap of available land to take advantage of consistently high corn and soybean prices. Growers are knocking down old barns, tearing out fencerows and digging up land that once had been preserved for wildlife. Some are even suspected of tearing into pioneer cemeteries. The U.S.


August 17, 2012--Impact of U.S. drought on crops may be peaking, Vilsack says (Washington Post)

The severity of the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be peaking, while its effects on corn and soybeans, the nation’s two biggest crops, may not be known until the harvests, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. The steadying of weather conditions may limit food inflation next year, which the U.S.


December 10, 2009--Government report looks at ethanol's use of water (Denver Post)

An ethanol industry group says the report offers little new insight and the vast majority of ethanol is produced from rain-fed corn.The November study from the Government Accountability Office quotes Argonne National Laboratory data saying that farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas use, on average, 323.6 gallons of water to produce one gallon of ethanol from corn, with all


May 16, 2008--Growing pains for farmers (Denver Post)

The baking trade cajoles farmers to take land out of environmental reserve and grow more wheat to lower prices. Bird hunters say don't plow the grasslands where ducks and geese feed. Green activists claim corn ethanol adds to global warming. Washington politicians struggled to agree on the budget rules of the farm bill that governs every farmer's life.


May 9, 2008--Kick the oil habit and make your own ethanol (Environmental News Network)

A new company hopes drivers will kick the oil habit by brewing ethanol at home that won't spike food prices. E-Fuel Corp unveiled on Thursday the "MicroFueler" touting it as the world's first machine that allows homeowners to make their own ethanol and pump the brew directly into their cars.


April 24, 2008--Energy's water demands worrisome (United Press International)

Add another requirement to the clean-energy checklist: low water usage. Two Virginia Tech researchers released a study this week examining the water-use requirements for 11 different energy sources, ranking them in terms of efficiency.


January 6, 2008--Water, energy share symbiotic relationship (Durango Herald)

There's a connection between water and energy that many water planners don't appreciate, said Melinda Kassen with Trout Unlimited. "It goes both ways. There's water needed to produce energy. But there's energy needed to develop and deliver water," said Kassen, who sits on a high-level water panel called the Interbasin Compact Committee.


September 21, 2007--Ethanol production threatens plains states with water scarcity (ens-newswire)

The rapid increase in ethanol plants under construction or planned for eight key farm states is threatening to pull billions of gallons of water each year from an aquifer that is already depleted and under stress, according to a new report issued Thursday by Environmental Defense.


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