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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Rising Ethanol Prices and the Lessons to be Learned

Sep 29, 2010 at 06:49 | Robert Rapier

I thought it was a bit humorous recently — when corn ethanol prices dipped and were cheaper than both sugarcane ethanol and gasoline (even when adjusted for lower energy content) …

The Great Ethanol Boondoggle

Sep 06, 2010 at 13:09 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

One of my biggest disappointments with Obama so far is his continued support of the ethanol boondoggle. The program was ramped up by the Bush administration to achieve energy independence…

Biofuel Sector in African Land Grab

Sep 06, 2010 at 08:16 | Charlotte Dudley

EU biofuel targets are driving a “land grab” in Africa, according to a report by Friends of the Earth. The report, Africa: up for grabs, released on Monday, says…

A More Rational Approach to Ethanol Policy

Aug 23, 2010 at 10:56 | Robert Rapier

In my recent post Thoughts on an Ethanol Pipeline, I described what I feel would be a more rational approach to ethanol policy than some of the policies that…

The Future Looks Great for the Ethanol Boondoggle

Aug 01, 2010 at 10:51 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

One of my biggest disappointments with President Obama so far is his continued support of the ethanol boondoggle. The program was ramped up by the Bush administration to achieve energy…

USDA Publishes New Papers on the Energy Return of Corn Ethanol

Jul 08, 2010 at 02:34 | Robert Rapier

Over the past decade, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published several papers in which they investigated the energy return of corn ethanol. The energy return on…

Biorefineries have big role in fight against climate change – WEF

Jul 02, 2010 at 08:14 | Graham Cooper

Biorefineries – facilities that convert biomass into fuel, energy, chemicals and materials – have a major role to play in combating climate change, says a World Economic Forum (WEF) report.…

Ethanol: The latest Incarnation of Snake Oil

Jun 18, 2010 at 13:43 | Energy Tribune

You may never have never heard of Patricia Woertz, or Archer Daniels Midland. Woertz is the CEO of ADM, America’s 27th largest company, and it’s the largest company headed by…

Ethanol Industry Produces a Top Ten Enemies List

Jun 17, 2010 at 10:14 | Robert Bryce

Richard Nixon had an enemies list. And now, so, too, do the corn ethanol scammers. Last week, Tom Waterman, the editor and publisher of The Ethanol Monitor, published a list…

Next Generation Biofuels: 5 Near-Term Challenges

Jun 09, 2010 at 19:28 | Robert Rapier

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just issued a report detailing the outlook and challenges of next generation biofuels. I provided some input during the drafting of the report,…

Ethanol Growing in Popularity Due to Gulf Oil Spill

May 26, 2010 at 09:22 | Geoffrey Styles

The implications for the oil industry from the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill are already taking shape, with the administration calling for a Challenger-style investigation and rewriting the…

Biomass Energy Plantations "Worsen Climate Change" - NGO

May 25, 2010 at 17:48 | Environmental Finance

The bioenergy industry has defended the use of forest plantations to create fuel for power plants, following claims by NGO Biofuelwatch that expanding wood biomass production to meet EU renewable…

5 Issues with Algae Fuels

May 12, 2010 at 08:17 | Robert Rapier

Here are 5 issues with Algae fuels that are covered in my new book on jatropha and algae as fuel sources. 1. The present cost of algae production from open…

Turning Biomass into Crude Oil

May 05, 2010 at 14:30 | Brian Westenhaus

University of Michigan professors are heating and squishing algae in a pressure-cooker that fast-forwards the crude oil making process from millennia to just minutes.  It doesn’t have to be…

Rising Gas Prices, Falling Corn Prices Could Mean Comeback for Ethanol

Mar 15, 2010 at 22:58 | Darrell Delamaide

Amid rising gasoline prices and falling corn prices, ethanol may be poised for a comeback of sorts, even if only a temporary one. Even though conventional wisdom is that crude…

The Truth About Biofuels!

Oct 07, 2009 at 16:13 | Charles Kennedy

Just a few decades ago, “biofuels” were all the rage in the media, as many well respected “power pundits’ predicted that they would eventually prove to be a leading “vanguard”…

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