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Cellulosic ethanol the US dream and reality

This graph, produced with data from the Des Moines Register, and another good article from Phil Brasher shows the current gap between US cellulosic ethanol production next year and the curent legislative requirement for it. It looks as if the US will be forced to reduce the volumes that it is legislating for in the next […]

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The right cellulosic biofuels might help protect the environment

Biofuels from cellulosic feedstock could help to protect the environment by reducing the amount of nitrogen that runs off into rivers and by providing coverage that helps protect the land against wind and rain erosion. That is one of the central assertions in a guest article by Richard Cruse and Hillary Olson in the Des […]

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Ethanol and intrigue

Phil Brasher at the Des Moines Register got an ethanol-based thriller to read over Christmas. It’s called Article V:(the movie). I don’t know whether to be jealous or not, I got The Riddle of the Sands. I’ve got a transatlantic flight coming up at the end of the month I might buy a copy of […]

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Ethanol doubts in the heartland

It is worth checking out a story in the Des Moines Register, posted on 17 October by Dan Piller Ethanol cos. hurt by prices may get help from USDA. Read the comments.

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Corn estimates down in the US

The US Department of Agrculture has lowered its estimates of the volume of corn and soy that will be harvested this year. So 2008 will only be the second largest crop in history. It might have been higher if the weather had been better. That story’s in the Des Moines Register. You should subscribe to […]

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US Biofuel farmers could benefit twice from cap and trade

I think that farmers in the US might be able to benefit twice from some carbon cap-and-trade proposals, according to this piece from the Des Moines Register. First they’d have to move to no-till planting and secondly they’d have to get some kind of a share of  the credit from the biofuel producers. Looks interesting […]

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Corn price and investors

Des Moines Register has a piece about the way that moves to reduce the ethanol mandate in the US could reduce the amount of investment in cellulosic ethanol.To which I say:  Duh. well yes if its done wrong I guess it couldThe article by Philip Brasher has some useful numbers on the effect of biofuels […]

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Now big food is using underground campaigning against ethanol

  Now big food, in the shape of the US Grocery Manufacturers’ Association  is using underground campaigning against ethanol, according to DesMoinesRegister.com ,which is printed deep in the heart of the US cornbelt, Iowa. The website reports Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer saying “Underground things that have been going on for several weeks to generate the public opinion that […]

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Water corn and alternative fuels

I’ve been going on about water, quite a bit. I make no apologies for it. If I could just quote from Dr Strangeglove (or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb) Ripper: Water. That’s what I’m getting at. Water. Mandrake, water is the source of all

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Subsidising biofuels, a view from Iowa

There’s an interesting article outlining some of the conundrums involved in funding biofuels in a recent copy of the Des Moines Register, where they are wondering if they can see the end of the biofuels money train. That’s going to get them reading in Iowa. . The comments are pretty interesting too.

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