Like a tractor harvesting an Iowa cornfield, biofuel advocates aren't using a ton of subtlety in their approach to take down Big Oil. The coalition Fuels America used April 22, i.e. Earth Day, to kick off a campaign for higher renewable fuel mandates. And, while that corn field may be a lovely shade of maize, the advocates are talking green, as in the money oil companies are pulling out of Americans' pocketbooks by insisting on reuced use of biofuels.

The campaign, which pushes for maintenance of the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), is called Oil Rigged and it stresses that oil companies made $93 billion in profits last year. "They get richer, and you pay more," says one of the tag lines of a 30-second ad, which notes that renewable fuels save Americans as much as $50 billion a year.

The pro-biofuel efforts are being stepped up as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares to potentially slow the increase of the ethanol requirement in the American gas supply for the first time since the RFS went into effect in 2007. Last November, the EPA recommended that the US add 15.21 billion gallons of ethanol to the gasoline supply in 2014. That amount is on the lower end of the 15-15.52 billion gallon projected range. Check out the 30-second Oil Rigged ad below.



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      Actionable Mango
      • 7 Months Ago
      There is plenty to not like about the big oil, and I'm sure this hit piece covers that. But it doesn't mean corn ethanol is a good idea for anyone except big agro.
      BraveLil'Toaster
      • 7 Months Ago
      Anytime anyone ever challenges anyone saying "THOSE guys are making MONEY off of YOU!", they aren't looking to start a revolution that will change anything. Except maybe into whose pockets your money is going. Just like how people looking to sell you "organic" cures are also willing to tell you all about how rich Big Pharma is.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 7 Months Ago
        @BraveLil'Toaster
        But.. but... capitalism is bad! every dollar you spend kills a child!
          brotherkenny4
          • 7 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          More correctly, a good facist government will use terrorism for economic development and send their people to war to die for the profits of corporations. The lives of the people are unimportant compared to those that write the laws and control our government. Seems a pathetic few still read ABG. It's dying like the GOP.
      diffrunt
      • 7 Months Ago
      Ethanol is a contamination , extremely harmful to stored small engines.
      goodoldgorr
      • 7 Months Ago
      I hate both of them even if i buy both products on a regular basis and this is not just recently but from a long time ago. I always had small 4 cylinders cars and always drive slow but recently i drive 7 mph slower as an average. What about natural gas for my next car or synthetic fuel like audi e-gas and e-gasoline or sun-fuel
      Erik Goossens
      • 7 Months Ago
      Is it still true that more oil-sourced energy is spent in the making of ethanol (tractors, transporting trucks, etc) than there is energy in the ethanol produced? i.e. that we'd use ***less*** oil overall if we just ***stopped*** producing ethanol for fuel? Or have the economics and production methods changed?
        Electron
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Erik Goossens
        That was never true. This is exactly what the add is talking about: the oil industry is using your money against you by hiring PR companies to spread nonsense about a competing product. Thanks to the oil industries efforts there is lots of tired old long since debunked myths around: http://www.wired.com/2011/06/five-ethanol-myths-busted-2/
          lne937s
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Electron
          "That was never true." If you actually read your link, they claim it used to be true, but there has been an increase in crop yields. They claim high-yields of corn can make it energy positive by 8.8 MJ per liter. For reference, there are ~46 MJ per liter of gasoline. However, when you consider that corn (particularly the high-yield genetically engineered variety) is nitrogen-depleting and the natural gas consumed to produce nitrogen fertilizer, the calculation may well need to be revised down.
      • 7 Months Ago
      To avoid the Big Oil gasoline price rip-off, plug your Tesla S electric car into your household, solar array. Google and read the "Global Oil Scam" by Phil Davis. The US is a victim of this scam.