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Ethanol Industry: Protect Corn to Save Second-Gen Biofuels

The latest line from two ethanol industry groups suing California over its low-carbon fuel standard goes something like this: Second-generation biofuels will die unless corn-based ethanol is protected.

The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy filed a lawsuit in federal court last week challenging the constitutionality of California

A quick recap: The low-carbon fuel standard calculates the impact of fuels throughout their lifecycle and takes into account emissions generated from production, transportation and ultimately, its combustion. Corn-based ethanol is penalized because of the indirect effect of growing corn energy on land that would normally be used to grow crops for food. The regulation assumes that by growing corn in the U.S. for fuel, a farmer elsewhere will burn grasslands and jungles to provide land to grow more food.

Under the indirect land use measurement, corn-based ethanol does not meet California

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