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2009-04-24 00:45:00

Move Penalizes Green Biofuels and Lets Oil Off the Hook WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the California Air Resources Board voted to enact a standard that unfairly penalizes biofuels as compared to other fuels, including gasoline. "We're disappointed with the Board's vote," said General Wesley Clark, co-chairman of Growth Energy. "This was a poor decision, based on shaky science, not only for California, but for the nation. It is unfair to selectively single out the...

2009-04-15 11:41:13

Iowa uses 6 gallons of water to make one gallon of ethanol - California's 2,100 gallons Ethanol production in Minnesota and Iowa uses far less water overall than similar processes in states where water is less plentiful, a new University of Minnesota study shows. The study, which will be published in the April 15 edition of the journal Environmental Science and Technology, is the first to compare water use in corn-ethanol production on a state-by-state basis. The authors used agricultural and...

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2009-04-14 15:21:06

As corn farmers in the U.S. begin readying their crops, many critics claim that increased pressure to produce large portions of crops for biofuels is robbing the public's water resources. Kansas corn farmer Merl "Buck" Rexford told Reuters he hopes to produce more than 150 bushels an acre with this year's crop. Like many American corn farmers, a large portion of Rexford's crop will go to an ethanol production plant. Backers of biofuels like corn-based ethanol say it reduces dangerous...

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2009-04-10 15:45:00

Food prices and federal spending on nutritional programs have risen due to the increase in gasoline prices, which has driven demand for ethanol production in the US, according to a nonpartisan Congressional advisory group. According to the new report from the Congressional Budget Office, increased demand for corn-based ethanol for fuel has resulted in an a 10 percent to 15 percent jump in food prices between April 2007 and April 2008. Most ethanol in the US comes from domestically grown...

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2009-03-02 17:12:33

To avoid creating greenhouse gases, it makes more sense using today's technology to leave land unfarmed in conservation reserves than to plow it up for corn to make biofuel, according to a comprehensive Duke University-led study. "Converting set-asides to corn-ethanol production is an inefficient and expensive greenhouse gas mitigation policy that should not be encouraged until ethanol-production technologies improve," the study's authors reported in the March edition of the research journal...

2009-02-24 23:01:00

First-ever bio-manufacturing process to produce methyl ethyl ketone from renewable feedstocks proven in rapid order SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers at Genomatica, Inc., a sustainable chemical company, have developed a bio-manufacturing process for methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), a commonly used industrial solvent with a global market valued at more than $2 billion. The rapid development breakthrough demonstrates that Genomatica's technology can repeatedly target specific chemicals...

2009-02-24 06:00:00

Proposed EPA and California renewable fuel standards relying upon incomplete science may threaten ethanol market and worsen global warming impact CHICAGO, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study announced today on ethanol land use impact found that a modern ethanol plant does not meaningfully change farmland use, neither the amount of land farmed nor the mix of crops planted (e.g., corn, soybeans). Commissioned by the Illinois Corn Growers (ICGA), the study's findings contest an unproven theory...

2009-02-12 13:01:43

A nine-month study has found plant and forestry wastes and dedicated energy crops could replace nearly a third of U.S. gasoline use by 2030. The research conducted by the Sandia National Laboratories and the General Motors Corp. was designed to discover whether and how much cellulosic biofuels could be sustainably produced. Researchers said they assessed the feasibility, implications, limitations and enablers of annually producing 90 billion gallons of ethanol -- an amount sufficient to...

2009-02-05 11:27:23

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering approving the use of genetically engineered corn for use in manufacturing ethanol. The Agriculture Department recently ended the public comment period for its proposal to permit, for the first time, widespread cultivation of a food crop engineered for biofuel production. If authorized, officials said the new ethanol corn would also be the first genetically engineered industrial crop to be planted on millions of acres annually. But critics say...

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2009-01-28 13:50:54

Study highlights problems linked to converting crops into biofuels Taking up valuable land and growing edible crops for biofuels poses a dilemma: Is it ethical to produce inefficient renewable energies at the expense of an already malnourished population? David Pimentel and his colleagues from Cornell University in New York highlight the problems linked to converting a variety of crops into biofuels. Not only are these renewable energies inefficient, they are also economically and...