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Jeanne, Top Producer Editor, grew up on a beef cattle operation in Southwest Missouri and now writes from the heart of corn country in Eastern Iowa.

Foxes Guarding the Hen House

Aug 11, 2009
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the much anticipated peer reviews of the agency’s analysis for the proposed Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) rule. Now, some in the ethanol industry believe the EPA is stacking the deck against ethanol.
Why? Because among the peer reviews are several noted anti-ethanol activists, including environmental lawyer Timothy Searchinger, who helped develop the theory of indirect land use change (this theory predicts that using biofuels made from U.S. corn and soybeans causes a farmer halfway around the world to make a land use decision to plow up virgin land to replace feed).
“EPA has asked the foxes to guard the hen house on this issue,” says Renewable Fuels Association president Bob Dinneen. “By adding lawyers and advocates to a scientific review panel, EPA bureaucrats have made a mockery of the Administration’s commitment to sound science.”
Many of the reviewers have repeatedly and openly demonstrated politically-motivated biases against biofuels in the past, says Dineen.
“These reviews absolutely cannot be viewed as objective or unbiased,” adds Dineen.
You be the judge. The comments of the review panels are available online at the EPA’s renewable fuels standard program page.
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COMMENTS (6 Comments)

I do not think that the ethanol industry is promoting the proper data. Their responses to issues that are bought to their attention are all defensive and reactionary.... Where is the data promoting the use of distillers grains as a feed source? Why are they not looking at this cap and trade legislation as an avenue to pursue "green" credits for farmers as we pull a tremendous amount of CO2 out os the environment producing grain? Subsidies and tax credits are designed to lower the INITIAL costs associated with the development of a new technology. They are designed to spur innovation and advancements that we seem to be lacking at this point in our country. There are many positive benefits of ethanol and biofuels, but I believe that the direction that these groups should be heading is 180 degrees from their current path. It is a shame that we continue bickering and backbiting rather than finding new solutions and methods.
10:30 PM Aug 11th
Unfortunately as long as there arrogance, lies, deception and propaganda, there will be skeptics, backbiting and bickering. It has been a downward spiral and trust and truthfulness are sacrificed to gain political advantage. All sides of the debate are guilty.
10:09 PM Aug 11th
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