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The US biofuel mandate helps farmers, but does little for energy security and harms the environment

Surplus corn piled outside a farmer's co-op storage facility in Paoli, Colorado. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty ImagesIf you’ve pumped gas at a U.S. service station over the past decade, you’ve put biofuel in your tank. Thanks to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, almost all gasoline sold nationwide is required to contain 10% ethanol – a fuel made from plant sources, mainly corn.

Why the oil industry's pivot to carbon capture and storage – while it keeps on drilling – isn't a climate change solution

Most carbon dioxide captured in the U.S. today is used to extract more oil. Citizens of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesAfter decades of sowing doubt about climate change and its causes, the fossil fuel industry is now shifting to a new strategy: presenting itself as the source of solutions.

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