Oregon climate activist wants to ban diesel fuel

From the “How many protest big rigs do you want in your front yard?” department comes this lunacy out of the Oregon legislature courtesy of Representative Karin A. Power, Democrat –…

Airline Execs Discuss Biofuel with Biden

According to a United Nations report, the early Obama era biofuel push exacerbated widespread food shortages, causing severe hardship in poor countries. But this track record of disaster has not…

British Airforce to Modify F-35s, Typhoons and Wildcat Choppers to Run on Biofuel

The British Airforce has committed to modifying military aircraft to run on biofuel. My question – does the war end when the chip fat runs out?

Claim: Study confirms contribution of bioenergy to climate change mitigation

That biofuels can contribute to a cleaner global energy mix is widely accepted, but the net benefits of bioenergy in terms of mitigating greenhouse gases (GHG) are moot. Some argue,…

Food Prices and Ethanol Mandates

By Andy May This post is a follow up to my previous post on biofuels, here we discuss the impact of biofuels on food prices in more detail. Ethanol has…

Biofuels

By Andy May According to Exxon-Mobil, 9% of the world’s energy came from biofuels in 2017. They do not expect this percentage to increase by 2040, and it may go…

No end in sight for the biofuel wars

Biofuels are unsustainable in every way, but still demand – and get – preferential treatment Guest post by Paul Driessen, The Big Oil-Big Biofuel wars rage on. From my perch,…

Brazil’s Fires and Biofuels.

Guest post by Jim Steele What’s Natural Brazil’s Fires and Biofuels. Published in the Pacifica Tribune September 11, 2019 From leaf cutting ants that cultivate fungus gardens to flowers that…

Trump Allows For Expanded Ethanol Sales As Chinese Tariffs Squeeze Farmers

From The Daily Caller Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday it would allow the year-round sale of higher ethanol gasoline. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler…

Palm oil: Down from the conservation barricades and out of the rhetorical trenches

Oil palm is alternatively seen as a gift from god or a crime against humanity; according to science, it is neither Norwegian University of Life Sciences Oil palm is neither…

Indonesia Threatens to Withdraw From Paris Agreement Over Palm Oil

From Telesur Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan referenced the U.S. and Brazil’s withdrawal from the agreement. As the European Union proceeds with a plan to ban…

The ethanol gravy train rolls on

Opponents make compelling case but can’t derail or even slow this well-protected industry Guest opinion by Paul Driessen Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy…

Claim: sugarcane ethanol can replace 13.7% of global oil supply

From FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO and the “great gasoline famine of 2032” department Brazilian ethanol can replace 13.7 percent of world’s crude oil consumption Expansion…

DC Swamp denizens strike back on biodiesel

While demand for biodiesel is down, senators and crony corporatists deep-six proposed EPA reductions in biodiesel mandates Guest opinion by Paul Driessen Despite what I thought were persuasive articles over…

Biofuels from bacteria

Sandia Labs News Releases August 21, 2017 From Sandia National Labs Sandia helps HelioBioSys understand new clean energy source LIVERMORE, Calif.—You might not cook with this sugar, but from a…

The good, the bad and the algae

From Eurekalert Public Release: 7-Aug-2017 Sandia tests Salton Sea-grown algae as new fuel source and pollution solution DOE/Sandia National Laboratories BRAWLEY, California — Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one…

Study: Another example of how California bollixes carbon regulation through biofuels

From the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES Regulating the indirect land use carbon emissions imposes high hidden costs on fuel Farmers earn more profits when…

Study finds: Corn better used as food than biofuel

From the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN and the “don’t burn your food” department. Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels…

"Hard Lessons From the Great Algae Biofuel Bubble"

Guest post by David Middleton From 2005 to 2012, dozens of companies managed to extract hundreds of millions in cash from VCs in hopes of ultimately extracting fuel oil from…