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NPRA, lobbyists are against higher volumes of ethanol in fuel

An alliance of environmentalists, health groups and the US National Petrochemical Refiners Association is opposed to higher levels of ethanol in automotive fuel on the basis that it might endanger the environment, through changing land use, and people’s health, according to a report on ICIS news.(Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS) Representatives of the […]

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Scoping out biofuels

The Scientifc Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) has produced a report looking at the enviromental impacts of biofuels,. The group makes a number of recomendations for second generation feedstocks, and favours woody or grassy plants. As with the first generation biofuels, the environmental consequences of the next generation depend significantly on the type […]

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25×25 launching blog soon

25×25.org in the US is launching the 25x25blog on 1 April. I’ll be keeping an eye on it. 25×25 is an interesting organisation this is its vision: By 2025, America’s farms, forests and rancheswill provide 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the UnitedStates, while continuing to produce safe, abundant, and affordablefood, feed and […]

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Smart Choices for Biofuels

I missed this about a month ago, but it is worth looking at, The Sierra Club and World Watch Institute produced Smart Choices for Biofuels.It rounds up quite a lot of stuff we’ve gone over here. It is good to see the Ogallala aquifer getting a mention. Slightly disappointing that it doesn’t call for global […]

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Antibiotics at heart of corn ethanol

Some US corn ethanol producers are using penicillin and three other antibiotics in corn fermentation process says Minnesota Public Radio. Why? To ensure that the yeast they use in fermentation does not have to compete with naturally-occurring bacteria that wants the sugars in the fermenting mash itself.I think that this matters on two counts:One of […]

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Add your pump (if you’re in the US)

The people at the US Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center in the US have the kernel of what could be a great biofuel resource. The USAFAVDC has started to waymark E85 pumps in the US. There are nine on the list, you can add more. 

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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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Who will benefit from biofuel industry distress?

The question: Who will benefit from biofuel industry distress? will be answered in a webcast on Thursday 2 April at 1pm to 2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time. There is a fee.

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Obama and Lula spoke about the tariff

Last week end Presidents Lula (Brazil) and Obama  (US) met and had a conversation, According to the ICTSD, Brazil’s Lula pressed Obama on Doha and on the US tariff policy for Brazilian ethanol  this is ICTSD’s take on the conversation The leaders also discussed ethanol production, which Obama acknowledgedhad been “a source of tension between […]

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Poet in talks about an ethanol pipeline to NY harbour

The news that Poet is in talks to discuss the feasibility of a dedicated ethanol pipeline from the Midwest to New York Harbour. Is over the internet like a rash this morning with posts byGreen Car Congress:  POET Joins Magellan Midstream Partners to Assess Dedicated Ethanol Pipeline; Buckeye Drops Out Yankton Press & Dakotan: Ethanol […]

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