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25×25 warns on restricting cellulosic biomass

25×25 a pressure group in the US is warning that some proposed legislation in the US could severely restrict the amount of cellulose available for biofuels in what is effectively a call for managed woodlands. I can see why the Waxman-Markley proposal wants to ensure that the forests are not completely denuded of trees or […]

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Minnesota’s auditor suggests ending state ethanol subsidy

A few days ago the auditor in Minnesota suggested that the state’s use of subsidies to the ethanol industry may have outlived its purpose, since ethanol firms have been profitable. Also it is likely to cost $44m over the next three years. There are of course lots of votes in Minnesota’s ethanol plants, so it […]

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Times twigs that biofuel policies have environmental impacts too

This article in the Sunday edition of the Times understands that there are environmental costs to biofuel policies. 

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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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Cellulosic ethanol the US dream and reality

This graph, produced with data from the Des Moines Register, and another good article from Phil Brasher shows the current gap between US cellulosic ethanol production next year and the curent legislative requirement for it. It looks as if the US will be forced to reduce the volumes that it is legislating for in the next […]

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Obama and Lula spoke about the tariff

Last week end Presidents Lula (Brazil) and Obama  (US) met and had a conversation, According to the ICTSD, Brazil’s Lula pressed Obama on Doha and on the US tariff policy for Brazilian ethanol  this is ICTSD’s take on the conversation The leaders also discussed ethanol production, which Obama acknowledgedhad been “a source of tension between […]

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The Malaysian Minster of Plantation Indusries on sustainability

The Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries spoke exclusively to the World Refinning Association ahead of the Asian Biofuels Roundtable to be held in Malaysia at 23-25 March. It is interesting that there is no discussion of prior informed consent of the people who live in the land and who may not be farmers. He is […]

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Wes Clark appointment confirmed

The appointment of General Wes Clark as co-chairman GrowthEnergy, has been confirmed by the organisation. I picked up a blog post that said it was likely to happen yesterday. 

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Wes Clark to lobby for ethanol?

General Wes Clark may be joining a pro corn ethanol lobby group to take on the mighty American grocery lobby, according to Politico a blog by Ben Smith. I can’t imagine that you’d get a General (retired or not) doing that sort of thing anywhere else in the world.

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The EU climate and energy package welcomed by EuropaBio

I’ve just received a press release from EuropaBio, which explains why the organisation likes the recently approved EU Climate and Energy Package…. Here it is. European Parliament’s approval of the Climate and Energy Package provides the European biotech industry with a predictable business environment to develop advanced biofuels   Brussels 17 December 2008   The […]

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