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Tax breaks and biofuels

Bioethanol and biodiesel cost the US taxpayer between $5.5bn and $7.5bn in tax breaks, are ruining the countryside and storing up trouble for the future, according to

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Water and biofuels

OK, it seems to me that a lot of the talk about biofuels from renewable sources such as cattle waste, wheat, or cassava relies fundamentally on the amount of water available in the locations that are being farmed. My current worry is that

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National energy awareness month

In a move that will make all the difference to the bioethanol and biodiesel industries, President George W Bush has proclaimed October Energy Awareness Month. I thought I should tell you as soon as I became aware of it myself. El Presedente was talking at the Advancing Renewable Energy Conference in St Louis, Missouri last […]

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FT gets wind of wheat price rises

The Financial Times has cottoned on to the fact that using wheat for bioethanol could push the price up in coming years…Adam Smith would have been proud… According to the report: Jonathan Kingsman, an agricultural consultant, ­estimates that in Europe a gallon of ethanol will cost about $1.70 to produce from wheat and about $1.90 […]

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Should biofuels production be confined to the tropics?

The Biopact blog has looked at the commercial viability of a number of potential biofuel crops. The blogger suggests that people in temperate latitudes will only find growing crops such as rape seed and wheat making sense commercially when the price of oil is considerably higher than it is now. Green fuels based on low […]

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Biofuels: Paradox 1

After reading a post on GristmilI it strikes me that people who are pro-biofuels have a couple of paradoxes to overcome. Firstly, I am not sure about their long term sustainability, there is a need for fossil fuels to make fertilisers to maintain yields from year to year. It may be possible to rotate crops […]

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Can crops replace oil?

The yields of crops has to increase dramatically for biofuels to make sense. It currently takes around 3 tonnes of wheat to produce 1 tonne bioethanol via fermentation. That is using grain, rather than the whole wheat, from seed to root and is probably only sustainable in fairly limited quantities of bioethanol production. Why? mostly […]

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UK Bioethanol facility

Recently, Green Spirit Fuels said that HSBC bank will fund a bioethanol plant in the south of England. Green Spirit’s Wessex Biofuels subsidiary will build the plant at Henstridge, Somerset ().

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