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Ethanol is great, (but not to popular technology)

Ethanol is great if you’re standing for election  in the US this year, says Popular Technology and then starts a balanced video about that . The nugget in the middle of this video is from the University of Minnesota: If the US converted all of its corn into ethanol for fuel it would equivalent to […]

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Ethanol subsidies could be safe for a while

Ethanol subsidies could be safe for a while.There’s a really nice explanation of why subsidies are hard to abolish in Price of Oil: Hidden Oil Subsidies from Tree Hugger.com and on Huffington Post. I couldn’t put it any more clearly than in the first paragraph.

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Biofuels drive up food prices: Bodman and Scafer

There’s been a  definitive piece of work on biofuels and food prices presented to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on 11 June chaired by Jeff Bingaman. Two secretaries of state Samuel W. Bodman (energy) and Edward T. Schafer (agriculture) respond to a series of questions from the committee: We would again caution, […]

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Obama and McCain edge closer on biofuels

Obama and McCain are edging closer on biofuels policy as the campaign to become the next president of the US runs on, according to Reuters today. 

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US Political party funding

In terms of US political party funding, some corporations donate dollars and others donate services. Molson Coors is donating fuel made mostly out of beer waste to the Democratic National Convention, according to two malconents They’re not allowing comments, but I am. In the interest of balance I have to ask:  Is anyone donating any […]

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The Wall St Journal has a low opinion of the farm bill

The Wall St Journal has a pretty low opinion of the farm bill. Written like it is, it is hard to disagree with the opinion piece. Hat tip to the conservativerevolution blog.

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A Danish perspective

There’s an interesting window into the Danish Biofuels debate on the Copenhagen Post. Thanks to Biofuelwatch@yahoo.com According to the Post ‘In the search for explanations, biofuels has become the scapegoat. Press coverage has been so intense that it’s difficult to make head or tails of the real debate,’ Mariann Fischer Boel, the EU’s Danish agriculture […]

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farmers and ethanol firms blame oil for food costs

US farmers and ethanol firms blame oil for food costs, according to my pal Joe Kamalick on ICIS news. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) Looks to me that

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Biofuels are involved in “a crime against humanity again”

Biofuels are involved in a crime against humanity again. Only this time it’s NOT growing biofuels that would be the crime. Confused? World opinion certainly is. This time its Brazil’s president Lula who says that discarding biofuels would be the crime. Lula was speaking at a UN meeting in only days after Jean Zeigler, the […]

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UK parliamentary committee calls for biofuel moratorium

The UK’ House of Commons Environmental Audit committee, which keeps an eye on government environmental policies said today that the UK should pause in its policy to use biofuels to see if they really are environmentally sound, according to Reuters. This is interesting, because it reflects some aspects of the politically impartial Royal Society’s findings […]

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