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NPRA, lobbyists are against higher volumes of ethanol in fuel

An alliance of environmentalists, health groups and the US National Petrochemical Refiners Association is opposed to higher levels of ethanol in automotive fuel on the basis that it might endanger the environment, through changing land use, and people’s health, according to a report on ICIS news.(Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS) Representatives of the […]

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A time to look back and a time to look forward

As 2008 draws to a close it is time to look back and assess how well I did in my predictions for 2008, at the start of the year, and let you know about a couple of guest bloggers who have very kindly agreed to guest post for me while I’m on holiday. The two […]

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Biofuels and the innovation ecosystem

 Krisztina Holly has an interesting article on biofuels, the automotive bail out, evolution and the innovation ecosystem over on the Huffington Post. Part of her post is particularly resonant for the biofuels industry Big companies play an important role, too, in this healthy, diversebusiness ecosystem. They help amplify – through acquisition, licensing,or even copying – […]

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Ethanol wants to cosy up to Detroit

Large sections of the US ethanol business have been writing to the US car makers asking them to support higher volume blends of ethanol in future and tying that message to an innovate or die warning… It could be a good idea…there does need to be more buy in from automakers to help ethanol/butanol fuels […]

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Tie auto bail out with flex fuel

Check out the Des Moines Register story about calls that any bail out of Detroit automakers should be tied to higher proportions of flex fuel vehicles in their ranges.That is fine, but I think that it would be much better to tie a bail out with a marked increase in fuel efficiciency across the whole […]

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There’s a plan!

The US National Biodiesel Research and Development Board has plan for Biofuels. Published two days ago…it will be interesting to see if it changes much after January…. in the light of Obama’s victory in the polls last night.

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Consumers want greater fuel efficiency

This is a little old, and I’m only linking to it now for our American readers, the Europeans, will of course be on top of this sort of thing… There is a recent poll which shows there is considerable appetite for greater automotive fuel efficiency in Europe. In fact there is : overwhelming support among […]

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1000 entries and what have we learned?

Put out the flags. I’ve reached the 1000 post mark. I started this in October 2006 with an open if sceptical mind. Its been a lot of fun so far. I’ve met a whole bunch of people who have commented on what I’ve written and offered suggestions and I’d like to thank you for that. […]

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Ethanol powered hybrids could be 15x more efficient than gasoline powered cars

Ethanol powered hybrids could generate much less carbon in use (15 times less, but what does that mean 1/15th or just under 7% of the original amount?) more efficient than gasoline powered cars, according to the EcoGeek, who’d like the different automotive camps to stop arguing and just get along..

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Everyone’s going have to get with it — Lutz, GM

“Everybody’s going to have to get with it,” says General Motors’ “car czar, Bob Lutz. “Business as usual is not acceptable.” That quote comes from The Car Connection Blog. To which I initially thought “blimey” after yesterday’s news that GM was going to start supporting biofuel production. Then I thought it again after this quote […]

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