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Biofuels: Don't Assume They're All Carbon-Neutral, New Study Warns

Biofuels: Don't Assume They're All Carbon-Neutral, New Study Warns

To many, biofuels seem like the ultimate compromise between lower carbon emissions and practicality. It's easy to see the appeal of fuels billed as cleaner replacements for gasoline that also require few changes to established consumer routines. And, advocates say, biofuels are carbon-neutral... read more

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Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Will Biofuels Growth Require Cutting Down Forests? At Scale, Yes, Report Says

Would dramatically cutting emissions be worthwhile if it meant cutting down the world's forests to do it? That appears to be the dilemma faced by policymakers when it comes... read more February 20, 2015 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

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... read more October 20, 2014 by 


 
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 (Image: Flickr user Aero Icarus, used under CC license)

Southwest Airlines Will Use Renewable Jet Fuel From Forest Waste

In the U.S., there isn't a lot of enthusiasm for automotive biofuels these days. Concerns over the potential impact on food supplies, the growing sales of practical electric... read more September 26, 2014 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Supreme Court: California Cleaner-Fuels Plan OK, Oil Companies Lose Appeal

In an action sure to appease fans of a greener transportation future, the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to decline oil and ethanol companies' appeal to a decision to uphold... read more July 2, 2014 by 


 
Biofuel crops (photo: Texas A&M University biofuels research alliance)

Gasoline Substitute Made From Plant Waste Developed By UC-Davis

Plant-based diesel has been available for many years now but making a true gasoline-like hydrocarbon from plant oils has proven a lot more difficult. Chemists at the... read more February 27, 2014 by 


 
KLM biofuel-powered airliner (KLM)

Boeing Seeks To Certify Biodiesel For Jet Fuel Around The World

Tens of thousands of flights carry millions of passengers around the globe on a daily basis. Needless to say, the environmental impact of this is fairly large--but both... read more February 11, 2014 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Could Congress Kill Ethanol Mandate Altogether In 2014?

Ethanol has been a key component of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard since the 2007 passage of the Energy Security and Independence Act. Now, there appears to be a chance... read more December 30, 2013 by 


 
KLM biofuel-powered airliner (KLM)

Will Biofuels Do Better In Aviation Than Anywhere Else?

Given how familiar most of us are with cars, it's easy to see them as the be-all and end-all when it comes to cleaning up transportation. Reduce fossil fuels, increase... read more December 18, 2013 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 


 
Biofuel crops (photo: Texas A&M University biofuels research alliance)

Biodiesel Makers Beg EPA To Notice: We're Not Ethanol!

One way to make vehicle fuels greener is to grow them--and it appears that biodiesel may have plenty of potential. Like the feedstocks for ethanol, the plant oils refined... read more October 30, 2013 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

New Lure For Ethanol Blends: More Ethanol, But A Lower Price?

Could low prices be the key to making ethanol more popular? One Michigan filling station allows customers to change the ethanol-gasoline blend in their fuel. As customers... read more September 27, 2013 by 


 
Brazilian sugarcane

Is Brazilian Sugarcane The Answer To U.S. Biofuels Needs?

Is Brazilian sugarcane the perfect biofuel for American drivers? Brazil believes ethanol made from sugarcane can supplement corn-based ethanol produced in the United States... read more September 20, 2013 by 


 
Algaeus, a 2008 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid conversion running on biofuel blended from algae

Biofuel Company Latest To Pay Off Government Loan Early

Government lending to green technology companies has been a political hot potato in recent years. Huge loans were offered to dozens of companies. Automakers, solar companies... read more August 1, 2013 by  3


 
All-gas biofuel plant in Chiclana, Spain (Image: All-gas)

Spanish Town To Run Cars On Biofuel From Human Poop...

Humans are a lot like cars. No, seriously--in order to make us work, we need fuel. That fuel is our food, which we metabolize in order to function, and anything not required... read more June 28, 2013 by  6


 
Biofuel crops (photo: Texas A&M University biofuels research alliance)

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Proving More Successful Than Expected

A report analyzing the uptake of low-carbon fuels says that fossil-fuel alternatives are actually growing faster than expected. The report, produced by a coalition of... read more June 13, 2013 by  7


 

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