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Will Biofuels Be Better For Plastics Than For Vehicle Fuel?

Will Biofuels Be Better For Plastics Than For Vehicle Fuel?

Turn the clock back to 2007--when Congress passed the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act--and biofuels like ethanol were apparently poised to solve the country's energy problems. A lack of public interest, an inability to develop cellulosic sources, and the rise of viable plug-in electric... read more

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Jet Fuel From Tobacco Plants To Be Tested By Boeing, South African Airlines

Corn-based ethanol is, to say the least, a controversial topic. While it's shown promise as a viable renewable fuel, there are concerns that large-scale ethanol production of... read more August 12, 2014 by 


 
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EPA Resets Ethanol Rules To Reflect Reality: Cellulosic Sources Don't Exist

For many months now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has faced a dilemma: What to do about its rules that millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol be blended into... read more April 23, 2014 by 


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

Green Car Reports, Five Years And 9,800 Articles Later

Five years ago today, Green Car Reports began a daily publishing schedule. At first one a day, and then more, we wrote articles on fuel efficiency, hybrids, diesel vehicles... read more February 3, 2014 by 


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

More Efficient Solar Panels: Make Them Like Lego, Play Music For Them!

Apparently, solar panels are a lot like plants. Just as some people believe plants respond well to music, solar panels seem to perform better when "listening," according to a... read more January 3, 2014 by 


 
GM E85 presentation

Ethanol A Victim Of Change As Gasoline Sales Have Flatlined?

Eight years ago, ethanol was going to let the U.S. grow its own vehicle fuel, reduce its use of gasoline made from imported oil, and boost energy security. How much have you... read more December 11, 2013 by 


 
Non-ethanol gasoline pump

Gas Stations Claim Oil Companies Block E15, FTC To Investigate

The idea is simple: Replace refined hydrocarbons yanked deep out of the earth with vehicle fuel derived from crops. The ongoing politics of ethanol remain anything but... read more September 1, 2013 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Electric Cars Vs. Solar Panels: Which One's The Gateway Drug?

Among the 100,000 or so U.S. drivers with plug-in electric cars, it's widely noted that a lot of them charge their cars using photovoltaic solar arrays. But which comes... read more June 4, 2013 by  64


 
Toyota FCV-R hydrogen fuel-cell concept car, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

DoE Backpedals, Will Fund Slight Hydrogen Fueling Station Expansion

It appears that the U.S. Department of Energy has had a change of heart. Four years ago, then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu was widely known as a skeptic about hydrogen... read more March 22, 2013 by  22


 
President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Obama: Use Oil & Gas Lease Dollars To Fund Gasoline-Free Cars

The sequester is now with us, and Congress has lower approval ratings than South American death squads, but President Obama is doggedly pursuing his green agenda nonetheless... read more March 15, 2013 by  12


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI test car running on Solazyme algae-derived diesel fuel

Diesel Fuel Derived From Algae Now Testing In 2 VW TDI Models

For a century, we've gotten almost all our gasoline and diesel fuel from petrochemicals. Now Silicon Valley startup Solazyme [NSDQ:SZYM] is testing diesel fuel derived from... read more March 8, 2013 by  27


 
Corn Ethanol Pump

E15 Ethanol Controversy: No Signs Of Moderating Any Time Soon

Debate over the slow rollout and potentially damaging effects of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol blended in just continues to roll on. The latest to pile on are members of... read more March 1, 2013 by  17


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

EPA Quota For Cellulosic Fuels Tossed Out By Court As 'Wish'

Whatever the merits of ethanol as a fuel or a gasoline additive--and it's taken some hits lately--it's still in the running. The same cannot be said, however, for cellulosic... read more January 28, 2013 by  3


 
Section of 1933 photo of E10 ethanol fueling station from Nebraska State Historical Society

Ethanol Is Nothing New; E10 Gasoline Was Sold In 1930s

Back in the 1930s, the United States produced the vast bulk of the oil it burned. It wasn't until the 1973 oil crisis that things like OPEC and fuel efficiency entered the... read more January 18, 2013 by  7


 
Corn Ethanol Pump

EPA Keeps Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate, Rejects Suspension Request

Last month, the governors of eight states and almost 200 members of Congress asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to suspend rules that mandate production of... read more November 19, 2012 by  6


 
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Carbon-Neutral Gasoline Out Of Air? Yes, There's A Caveat

Call it last week's most unexpected headline: the idea that a group of engineers in Britain had managed to create gasoline ("petrol") out of ... thin air? Indeed, it appears... read more October 22, 2012 by  10


 
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