Following record droughts across the United States the benefits of the ethanol subsidy were once again hotly debated and biofuels in general found themselves generating quite a few unflattering headlines.
The latest numbers from the USDA firm up the outlook for this year's corn crop, and the final numbers may not be as bad as some feared.
Calls are growing to suspend the federal ethanol production mandate next year, as the worst drought in more than half a century has devastated the corn crop in the U.S. The question is whether a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard will actually bring down sky-high corn prices.
The extreme heat wilting crop harvests across the U.S. is exerting a “big” toll on input prices, the chief executive of Sunny Delight told CNBC Wednesday, issuing a call for the government to suspend mandates that divert corn into biofuels.
As a result of a Congressional mandate passed in 2005 and expanded in 2007, over 40 percent of this year’s greatly depleted corn crop will be diverted from food and livestock, and instead be sold at the gas pump. We are trading our precious, fertile acres of farmland for a small dent in our oil usage. We are prioritizing our goal to reduce oil dependence over providing food to people.
Green Plains Renewable Energy CEO Todd Becker talks about the challenges facing the ethanol industry.
The chief executives of the Big Three auto makers told President Bush they will work with the administration to cut oil consumption by 20% over the next ten years, CNBC's Scott Cohn reported.
John Quealy, vice president and energy technology analyst at Canaccord Adams, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that the immediate outlook for corn-based ethanol stocks is weak. “We think the risk/reward for corn ethanol is relatively flat given where food prices are right now per bushel as well as ethanol prices per gallon," he said.
Chief Execs of the Big Three automakers headed to the White House today to discuss the latest advances in alternative fuel technology with President Bush. Their focus: Bush’s support for alternative fuel vehicles and his plan to cut gas consumption by 20% in ten years.
Biofuels are fine -- but people still have to eat. Two analysts joined "Morning Call" to discuss investing in commodities through traditional as well as trendy strategies.
They both get up at the crack of dawn but what else do farmers and hedge fund managers have in common? Well, they'll both be closely watching the USDA crop report tomorrow, which will tell how many acres of corn and soybeans farmers expect to plant this season. Considering corn prices have soared 77% in the last year, how can you make money in the “farmer’s market?”
Watch the sunrise for 10 years -- and you just might make a fortune. So says Tim Guinness, manager of the Guinness Atkinson Global Energy Fund -- and as of a year ago, manager of the firm's new Alternative Energy Fund.
See what analysts had to say today about the market on CNBC.
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Sen. John Thune told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that expansion of cellulosic ethanol will ease dependence on corn-based ethanol and help lessen the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, especially from the Middle East.“We’ve gotten very good at corn-based ethanol and it’s been a very successful story here in South Dakota and across the Midwest,” Thune, a South Dakota Republican, said Wednesday. “Cellulosic ethanol should expand dramatically the number of states that can participate in producing renewable energy.”
Corn may get all the press, but "the other ethanol" -- sugar -- is just one of the alternatives recommended by Jim Bower and Jeanette Young. The two traders joined "Power Lunch" to tout the "soft commodities" they favor. Young, an independent orange trader at the New York Board of Trade, "particularly" likes coffee. She told CNBC's Sue Herera that she is "thinking about" the approaching South American winter; as long as coffee doesn't drop below $108.30, she'll be bullish.
Timothy Ramey, senior research analyst at D.A. Davidson & Co., told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the Tyson Foods-ConocoPhillips deal to produce biodiesel from animal fat will plump Tyson’s bottom line.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the leader of the continent's largest economy who has moved closer to U.S. President George W. Bush over ethanol output, swiped at Hugo Chavez, rejecting his fellow leftist's criticism of their plan.
Take a visit to BioTown, USA, find out what toymaker Mattel is doing and hear why Corporate America is going green for the wrong reasons.
A new study says that ethanol may do more harm than good. On “Morning Call,” the study’s author, Mark Jacobson, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, joined Brooke Coleman, director of the Renewable Energy Action Project, to debate whether ethanol could be more harmful to your health and to the planet than gasoline.