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Biofuels: The Next WTO Spat

The Wall St Journal’s Grace Fan has rounded up a bunch of global biofuels cat fights and suggests that Biofuels will be the next WTO spat. That’s a bit tentative, and I’d agree with that position in terms of being the next spat (it could easily be over corsets, fire engines, or marmalade)  but, because Biofuels […]

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US Energy Department may bail out failed biofuel investments

The US Energy Department may bail out failed biofuel investments under proposed regulations that were announced yesterday. There could be up to $4bn in this financial year and $9bn next year, according to Planet Ark. They’re being optimistic. So taxpayers will be subsidising corn that will be sold to financially unsound projects (which will receive tax […]

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No joined up thinking about biofuels

There’s no joined up thinking on biofuels at the UN, according to Global Dashboard reporting on the Guardian Newspaper this morning. This needs more work than I can give it at the moment, and I’m not sure why the UN should be blamed, or what it could do… But if we’re going to cut down good […]

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Philippines enact biofuel law

The Philippines government has enacted a law covering biofuel composition of gasoline/diesel, according to info.davaoexchange.com. The 2006 Biofuel Act, which calls for a mandatory mixing of a 1% biodiesel in petrodiesel and 5% bioethanol in gasoline, has been implemented last Sunday, May 6 2007.

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BBC biofuel resource

Have a look at the BBC’s biofuel resources for reporting that is likely to be unbiased and pretty good quality.

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Brazilian dilemmas

Two interesting and contrasting views on how biofuels could affect the Brazilian ecosystem are outlined in Ethablog and biopact. Ethablog looks at the common interests between Archer Daniels Midland and the governor of Matto Grosso state. Biopact wonders whether Brazil could produce enough bioethanol to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and slow global […]

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Biofuels only by 2025?

Could the G8 make it impossible to register and license cars that run on gasoline by 2025? Would it be desirable? Two economists, Volker Perthes and Friedemann Müller from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, believe that it would not only be possible but desirable and are asking Angela Merkel, who will be […]

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Biofuel on the buses

Bioethanol can be blended with many other fuels as an oxygenate, the idea being, I guess, to improve combustion and fuel efficiency. With diesel it can lower the temperature it starts to solidify which could be useful in winter months. According to the Green Car Congress website O2Diesel Corporation, a provider of ethanol-blended diesel fuels […]

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Virgin looks to railroad biofuels

Virgin, run by Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur extraordinaire who recently announced plans to invest around $3bn in biofuels over the next 10 years. hopes that invoking biofuels will help him win an advantage over the competition from other applicants for a

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