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California looks at emissions from crop to tail pipe and legislates

California’s newly adopted low-carbon fuel standard may mark the beginning of the end of ethanol, according to a report on Planet Ark. The new legislation examines the carbon impact from seed to tailpipe, which seems sensible. 

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Not farming is better for carbon emissions than corn-ethanol

Tree Hugger has one of those articles which show that doing nothing produces fewer carbon emissions than growing corn for ethanol. Well Duh.Let’s turn this on its head. If we stopped using oil-powered vehicles then we would not need to use any gasoline. Yhat sounds plain silly.  The fact is we have a need to travel, […]

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The corn-ethanol carbon balance argument again

There is an interesting video on Climate Central about the amount of carbon dioxide produced when ethanol is made from corn grown in the mid-West of the US. Hard to tell who is right in this debate (if any one is) the different premises are all important and few people seem to try and compare […]

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Eleven eastern US states plan biofuels boost

Eleven eastern US states are planning an indirect boost to biofuels with a plan to significantly reduce emissions from transportation, according to the Environmental News Service. It is hard to disagree with both the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger (who applauds the move) and Dewita Soeharjono the blogger behind, Talking Green, which is where I […]

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Eleven eastern US states plan biofuels boost

Eleven eastern US states are planning an indirect boost to biofuels with a plan to significantly reduce emissions from transportation, according to the Environmental News Service. It is hard to disagree with both the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger (who applauds the move) and Dewita Soeharjono the blogger behind, Talking Green, which is where I […]

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Life on Myanmar’s biofuels plantation

Tidied upLife on a Myanmar biofuels plantation is explored and found to be pretty rosy in this article from Singapore’s Straights Times. Well it would be, its the Straights Times and its a Singaporean investment. Didn’t look around at any others though… Didn’t explain whether the companies gained the land on the basis of prior […]

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Saving forest is beyond the power of Indonesia’s government

Saving forest is beyond the power of Indonesia’s government, according to a report in the Jakarta Post. Here’s the extract Agriculture Minister AntonApriyantono on Tuesday defended Indonesia’s drive to expand oil palmplantations, despite a demand by environmentalists for a moratorium ondeforestation. Speaking in his keynote address at the opening of the sixth annualmeeting of the […]

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UK algae biofuels challenge

The UK’s Carbon Trust has launched the Algae Biofuel Challenge to try and flush some good ideas for biofuels from algae off the top of the pond and closer to commercialisation. Worth applying. 

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Ensus new website outlines paradox at heart of biofuel from food processes

Ensus new website, for me outlines the paradox at the heart of the biofuel from food processes. If you take food out of the food chain then there’s less to eat. It really is that simple even if you’re using animal grade wheat. Animals cannot surely live on just protein and bran? With a minimum […]

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UK grants for clean vehicles

The UK has £100m (around $175m-200m) in grants for vehicles powered by biofuel and other cleantechnologies. According to Cleantech The U.K. Regional Development Agency One NorthEast is takingapplications for its recently-launched £100 million ($173 million USD)Low Carbon Vehicle Integrated Regional Delivery Programme.Funding would start in 2009 and last for five years. 

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