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US Carbon tax

The US looks set to tax imports on the basis of the amount of carbon that they contain, according to Paul Hodges in Chemicals and the Economy. Paul is pretty focused on chemicals, but clearly coal would be pretty heavily taxed, but the so should crude oil and possibly ethanol. It will be interesting to […]

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A smarter ethanol policy for the US?

I like this analysis of the US ethanol from corn market as it now stands and Geoffrey Styles, proposal for a smarter ethanol policy for the US. Styles points out that after 25 years’ of subsidies the US ethanol market is not economically viable. He says there is a strong case for shifting the focus […]

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Hedge your wheat exposure with ethanol futures

The Chicago Board of Trade has altered the way it deals with ethanol, slightly. In a release on Monday it said: Ethanol futures have been trading at the CBOT, now part of the CME Group, since March 2005. The Ethanol futures prices will be used in the settlement of both the options on Ethanol futures […]

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A win for Lula

There’s been a potentially big biofuels win for Brazil’s President Lula, reported on Biopact. The Swedish government has signed a biofuel cooperation agreement with Brazil and will remove its heavy import tax on ethanol produced in the South. The move is seen as a way to push EU member states to do the same. Both […]

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EU opens distillation tender

EU opens distillation tender to convert unwanted wine into industrial ethanol, according to the Turkish Daily News. The distillation will help take excessive wine off the market and support prices in Europe. As I said in July, this is not a satisfactory state of affairs, why can’t the market operate and to help people pay […]

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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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Brazil’s new ethanol futures contract

Brazil launched a futures contract for anhydrous ethanol on its Mercantile and Futures Exchange. The announcement was made on 24 April and the aim is to give producers and investors a chance of some certainty in the market in the future. According to my friend, William Lemos, writing for ICIS news in Houston, Texas : The […]

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CBOT mini corn and wheat futures

If you’re dabbling or playing seriously in the Chicago Board of Trade Mini corn and wheat futures, you can see what the market’s doing at no charge and live.

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What price addiction?

What is the price of addiction? There’s an interesting counter over on allegrobiodiesel’s site which claims to show how much the US is spending on imported fossil fuel. It’s rather jolly to watch the numbers zoom past, but when did they start the clock. I think we should be told.

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Bovine tallow, could that be Brazil’s secret biodiesel weapon?

Over on Biodiesel BioDieselSpain.com, they have stumbled upon an excellent source of cheap biodiesl that Brazil has in abundance: Bovine tallow, could that be Brazil’s secret biodiesel weapon? It looks cheap enough. The post is in Spanish, thanks to Babelfish

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