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What's the Goal and Point of National Biofuel Regulation?

August 27, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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National Biofuel Regulation

While preparing a lecture for the 4th Berkeley Summer School in Environmental and Energy Economics, I returned to contemplating the regulation of biofuels as part of a general federal strategy to combat climate change and increase energy security.[read more]

Better Chemistry, Better Biofuels? The Glycerol Glut, Solketal, and Other Floating Ideas

April 3, 2014 by N Nadir
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Biofuel Ideas

Along with other forms of so called “renewable energy,” I have come to hold a jaundiced view of biofuels, largely because of their inevitable competition with food supplies, as well as some concern about land use and the pressure placed on natural habitats.[read more]

When Renewables Destroy Nature

The case against using trees and crops as fuel for cars and power plants has grown stronger in recent years. The expansion of corn for ethanol in the American Midwest has worsened water pollution and soil erosion and has had no benefit in terms of reduced emissions, for example.[read more]

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Telling Sugarcane Ethanol's Full Sustainability Story

January 23, 2014 by Leticia Phillips
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Sugarcane and Sustainability

Centering the RFS debate on volume targets for all biofuels has let two key benefits of advanced biofuels slip out of focus: the potential for non-corn ethanol to drastically cut lifecycle emissions compared to gasoline, and the ability of biofuel feedstocks to be sustainably grown without harming the environment.[read more]

Switchgrass Biofuels to Power Navy Jet Fighters

June 8, 2013 by Tina Casey
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fighter fuel?

National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced a switchgrass-based jet biofuel process that is expected to involve 95 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional jet fuel production.[read more]

Energy Risk: Cutting Down Trees for Biofuels?

May 26, 2013 by Michael Giberson
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Cutting down trees to generate biofuels can’t make sense in terms of carbon accounting, can it? But what happens when deliberate cultivation of crops changes the land use and moves agricultural production to other plots of land?[read more]

An Artificial Solution to Ethanol's Price Woes

March 19, 2013 by Mark Green
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Renewable Fuels Assoc.

There is nothing simple about boosting E85 sales, which are low and projected to continue to be low. This is for several reasons; first and foremost is weak consumer demand for vehicles that use E85.[read more]

Biofuels Are a Loser, Despite the Hope and Hype

February 21, 2013 by Rod Adams
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No amount of genetic engineering can overcome the fundamental limitations of trying to grow fuel for vehicle propulsion and why adding biofuels into our fuel supply makes us less secure.[read more]