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All I Want for Christmas is Jobs and National Security

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The U.S. military is making strides toward reducing its dependence on foreign oil by increasing its use of renewable energy such as advanced biofuels. The Air Force wants to use alternative aviation fuels for 50 percent of its domestic aviation needs by 2016, and the Navy plans to use alternative energy sources to meet 50 percent of its energy needs by 2020. Why is this so important to the military and our country? For every Read More >

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Diverting Attention from Rising Food Costs

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The EPA on Friday Nov. 16 rejected the petitions by governors of several states to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard for the coming year. The petitions were filed in August 2012 while farmers across numerous states suffered the worst drought in recent history. While everyone recognized the severe economic hardships caused by the drought, the agency found that the evidence did not show that the RFS “would likely or even probably cause harm to the Read More >

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Flight Flies on 100 Percent Biofuels

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This week saw the first-ever completely biofuel-powered flight take place. The National Research Council of Canada conducted the first flight on 100 percent renewable, drop-in biofuel on its Falcon 20 jet, according to oilprice.com, marking a huge milestone for the aviation and renewable energy industries. Oilseed crops commercialized by Agrisoma were used as a feedstock and transformed by Applied Research Associates into a complete replacement fuel for conventional jet fuel. Previously, flights on biofuels had Read More >

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Renewable Chemicals Helping to Build the Biobased Economy

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“The future is now and it is here,” said Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman of Praj Industries. “Each one of us is making the effort and pushing the envelope to create a new biobased economy.” Chaudhari discussed efforts to find renewable chemicals that can replace petroleum along with other panelists at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy plenary session, Biotechnology and Renewable Chemicals: The Future is Now. The panelists talked about using renewable Read More >

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Live from the Pacific Rim Summit: Energy Crops Have their Day in the Sun

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Day 1 of the BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy kicked off Wednesday in surprisingly sunny Vancouver, British Columbia, with a series of presentations suggesting that purpose-grown energy crops (PGECs) may soon have their day. In the opening session in the Biomass Production and Utilization breakout track, Chris Roach of Ceres, Inc., reminded conference-goers that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Billion Ton Update, PGECs have the greatest potential of any feedstock source to supply Read More >

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