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Updated: Biorefinery Assistance Program Fact Sheet

October 03, 2014 | Agriculture , Energy

The Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (formerly the Biorefinery Assistance Program), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office, is intended to provide grants and loan guarantees to producers of advanced biofuels or heat and power from various bioenergy crops and feedstocks.... Read More

F-35 Resources

October 01, 2014 | National Security

For the past year, Taxpayers for Common Sense has been scrutinizing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. On track to be the most... Read More

Updated: Rural Energy for America Program Fact Sheet

September 24, 2014 > Updated: September 24, 2014 | Agriculture , Energy

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was created in the 2008 farm bill to provide federal grants and loans to renewable energy... Read More

Shallow Loss Programs May Surpass Cost of Old Subsidy Schemes

August 12, 2014 | Agriculture

The 2014 farm bill created new income entitlement programs for agribusinesses, referred to as “shallow loss” subsidies. The three programs - Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), and Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) – are intended to kick in when revenue drops as little as ten percent from a predetermined level. ... Read More

$58 billion “Emergency” Overseas Operations Spending equals 5th Largest Federal Agency

June 30, 2014 | National Security

At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we don’t advocate cutting federal spending in one department or agency and moving it to another. But... Read More

Updated: Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 | Agriculture , Energy

Established by an Executive Order in 1999, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels (BPAB) is intended to pay advanced biofuels producers to expand their production levels. Other than corn starch ethanol, nearly every other type of biofuel is eligible for the program, including ethanol, biogas, butanol, or biodiesel derived from cellulose (like perennial grasses or agricultural residues), sugar or starches, waste materials, sugarcane, or woody biomass. ... Read More

Updated: Repowering Assistance Program Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 | Agriculture , Energy

The Repowering Assistance Program, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office, reimburses biorefineries for using biomass sources like wood chips and perennial grasses as a heat and power source instead of fossil fuels.... Read More

Updated: Biomass Research and Development Initiative Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 | Agriculture , Energy

The Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) provides grants to companies, universities, and government research centers to research and develop (R&D) and demonstrate new ways to refine various types of feedstocks and crops into biofuels or biobased chemical and products.... Read More

Updated: Biomass Crop Assistance Program Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 > Updated: July 24, 2014 | Agriculture , Energy

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), a new program added to the energy title in the 2008 farm bill, was intended to spur development of advanced biofuels derived from non-food and feed crops.... Read More

Pre-cursor Earmarks (?) in the Defense Bill

June 12, 2014 | National Security

Taxpayers for Common Sense combed through the National Defense Authorization legislation, as it was passed by the House of... Read More

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Free Gas

Getting something for nothing is a pretty sweet deal. At least if you’re the one getting something. Not so much... Read More

The Unaffordable F-35

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Bribing to Subsidize

October 03, 2014

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Pricey Plane to Keep

September 25, 2014