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US renewable loan guarantees announced

International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council is urging the US and EU to open their markets for biofuels from the developing world, where they can be produced far more efficiently, cost effectively and offer major opportunities for economic development and poverty alleviation, according to Biopact, which examines the IPC’s investigation in to tariffs on […]

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Biofuels are bad for the planet (again)

Trans National Insitute (which calls itself a world wide fellowship of committed scholar-activists (they’d hardly be uncommited)) has published Paving the way for agrofuels: an unsustainable path It starts by stating: In the face of the climate change threat and the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, agrofuels are being heavily promoted as a means to […]

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Video of EU energy policy

Here’s a video from the European Commission about its policy on sustainable energy and replacing petrol with clean alternatives…

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Franz Fischler talks about biofuel

Franz Fischler, a former European Commissioner in charge of agriculture talks about biofuels, profitability and energy balances over on Domestic fuel. Worth checking out. One of his later sentences is telling… he says: To meet the EU’s target of 10% renewable fuel target by 2020 but we are also aware that this is only achievable […]

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US small farmers think biofuels won’t hit the world’s poor

Ethanol production has had a profound impact on U.S. agriculture in recent years. Now that more than two billion bushels of U.S. corn are used for ethanol production, a legitimate question is continually being asked—are people going hungry due to the seemingly insatiable U.S. demand for fuel? This paper looks at the relationship, not a […]

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Fuel rationing in the US?

Raymond J. Learsey, over on the Huffington post is suggesting that the US should adopt fuel rationing as one way of cutting down the amount of gasoline that is consumed by the US. Well you could try rationing,

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let us farm set aside land Europe farmers say

Let us farm set aside land, Europe’s farmers are saying to the EU, according to Farm Policy.com. Currently about 8% of EU farming land lies fallow under a decision in the 1990s to eliminate grain surpluses. Now these surpluses could be useful to ferment into alcohol, and farmers want to get their hands back on […]

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Argentina’s biofuel bandwagon gets going

Argentina’s biofuel bandwagon gets going, according to a report on AP and over the other biofuel blogs like a rash this morning. AP Says many Argentines are worried that diverting farmland for biofuels – made from corn, sugarcane, palm oil and other agricultural products – will drive up food prices even higher. “This idea of […]

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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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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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