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Now uncertainty over ethanol is keeping US gas prices up

Now uncertainty over ethanol is keeping US gas prices up according to the NW Republican blog quoting a report by Jad Mouawad in the New York Times. Gas prices are spiking again — to an average of $3.22 a gallon, and close to $4 a gallon in many areas. And some oil executives are now […]

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Now US Grocers want an end to corn subsidies and ethanol tariffs

US Grocers want an end to US corn subsidies and tariffs. In a recent statement their trade body said: America’s biofuels policy must be pursued thoughtfully and deliberately, taking into full account the possible unintended consequences of a sharp increase in the use of corn for fuel. A 35 billion gallon ethanol mandate will require a […]

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Celeb endorsements: who’ be best and why

Who do you think would be the best celeb to publically endorse biofuels and put them firmly in the public’s eye.  Here’s my top five 1. Willie Nelson: Bio Willie great name for a product 2. Daryl Hannah: Lots of fancy celeb friends to convert 3. Vindod Kholsha He’s been written up in learned journals 3. […]

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Rounding reaction to the State of the Nation

The number of posts about ethanol has jumped from an average of about thirty/day to over four hundred/day according to technorati today. The interest is driven, of course by the State of the Union and

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Good math, bad math and ethanol

For a robust discussion on the mathematical bases of the calculations into the amount of energy you need to produce biofuels, you should check out Good math, bad math and the post about Bad Math and Ethanol Technorati Tags: biodiesel, bioethanol, biofuel, Corn, Wheat

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Biodiesel: you don’t want to read this… but you should

Just the news the biodiesel industry does not want to hear. The US National Biodisel Board surveyed biodiesel pumps across the US between November 2005 and July this year and found that one third (my emphasis) of biodiesel sampled did not meet biodiesel fuel standards. Biodiesel is very much the preserve of enthusisasts in the […]

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Jobs sustainability and biofuels

Apparently a 100 000 gallon/year bioethanol plant may create 1600 jobs, according to sources quoted by Doug on his Moments of Clarity blog. And certainly the plant he talks about in Iowa does seem to Doug quotes the Des Moines Register as follows Call any trucking firm in Iowa and see if they’re hiring truck […]

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Venezuela’s plans for biofuel are they bananas?

Bioethanol aficionados may be pleasantly surprised to see this recent post on Biopact.com which states: According to Prensa Latina state-run company Petroleos de Venezuela is creating a joint venture (not clear with who, but likely a Brazilian partner) for the production of sugar cane based ethanol. The project includes the construction of not less than17 […]

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How Green is your favourite movie star?

By no means comprehensive, but entertaining none the less. Stars love to appear green: it can’t do their careers any harm. Buthow green are they? Leo DiCaprio comes out best in this survey of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. I’m slightly disappointed that there are no bonus points for running your own biofuels […]

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Reflections on Energy Awareness Month

I after sleeping on it I have decided that the whole idea of October being energy awareness month in the US is almost as lame as the EPA’s energy awareness site site . I mean, do me a favour, it sucks… like a Hoover. What about talking about some insulation, more efficient vehicles, less air […]

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