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Ethanol is not always good, in Barbados

Ethanol is not always a good idea, in countries like Barbados. That is the story the Barbados Free Press has on-line, about the visit of some European Union advisors to the country, who were sent to look into the suitability of converting the Barbadian sugar industry into ethanol production. Worth reading not only for the […]

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Can markets solve global warming?

Gristmill has a couple of interesting blogs on a recent pronouncement from JK Galbraith, who’s been peering over his glasses at a number of conundrums including whether markets can solve global warming.

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Crisis Distillation to start in France and Italy

The French and Italian wine industries are being paid by the EU to distil wine into ethanol, rather than have the price of wine fall because of overproduction. It is a mad world my masters. Why can’t they sell the ethanol as ethanol on the global market and do away with the subsidy? Why not […]

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Food , UN Agencies, biofuels and confusion

Talk about food and biofuels to UN Agencies, confusion is the outcome. About a month ago I ran a piece suggesting that it was not unreasonable for different parts of the UN to disagree over food policy.There’s no joined up thinking at the UN about biofuel . The UN isn’t a dictatorship, nor is it […]

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George Soros wants biofuel tariffs lifted

George Soros, who among other things, has a stake in the Brazilian Ethanol industry, wants the tariffs on ethanol from that country into the US and also Europe (something I didn’t know about and will investigate) lifted, according to Domestic Fuel.

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EU to restructure its sugar regime

The EU is to restructure its sugar regime, cutting production at the same time as it is promoting biofuels. Does the left hand talk to the right hand? I don’t think so.

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The EU wants more community involvement in biofuels

The EU is working to increase the amount of community involvement in biofuels through two initiatives that have come across my desk recently. The first is Biogasmax, a project for sustainable development, which: The European Biogasmax project creates a network of biogas-related demonstrations on the European territory with the aim of sharing experiences in terms […]

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Land for food or land for fuel, Unilever speaks out

The conflict between land for food or lan for fuel was highlighted on Monday by at a conference organised by the European Parliament’s green group and reported yesterday by EUobserver.   “Land availability for both food and fuel is very questionable”, managing director Guenther Buck of food-giant Unilever warned. This is an important warning, Unilever is big, […]

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Malaysia Board on EU biodiesel policy

Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron the CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council explained why he thinks the European Union needs to get its own house in order before considering preventing non-certificated palm oil imports for use in biodiesel in the New Straights Times last Saturday. The European Commission is considering a certification process to measure […]

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Biodiesel: what’s the rationale?

Why bother with biodiesel? The European Biodiesel Board published a list of questions and answers in July, in response to the European Commission, which asked for comments as part of its plan to modify

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