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I Say Sustainable, You Say…

The Guardian newspaper reported last week that environmental activist and reporter George Monbiot had successfully petitioned Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to ban an ad containing the tagline, “Biofuels — A Lower-Priced, Sustainable Answer to OPEC’s Oil.” The ad was sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, the European Bioethanol Fuel Association, and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association. Though Monbiot’s petition is not publicly available, the ASA’s adjudication response indicates it Read More >

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Comparing Energy Sources

Stanford University Professor Mark Z. Jacobson recently published a new paper in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, “Review of solutions to global warming, air pollution, and energy security.” According to Stanford News Writer Louis Bergeron, Jacobson has conducted the first quantitative, scientific evaluation of the proposed, major, energy-related solutions by assessing not only their potential for delivering energy for electricity and vehicles, but also their impacts on global warming, human health, energy security, water Read More >

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Nominate a Fellow Bio-Techie for Biotech Humanitarian Award

Know anyone who is this close to the next big breakthrough in biofuels? Ending dependence on oil is one of the great challenges of 21st century, and there are heroes in our midst working towards alternative fuels. If you know someone who has contributed significantly to this goal, nominate them for the Biotech Humanitarian Award! The award will recognize an innovator who has improved the lives of others by harnessing the power of biotechnology to Read More >

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Setting the Record Straight

I was pleased to read AP reporter Deborah Jian Lee’s story on Jan. 12, saying that the food and fuel debate has “receded to a murmur, and even the Grocers Manufacturers Association, one of the most vocal biofuel critics, seems to be backing off a bit.” Biofuel producers will likely remember that last May the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call revealed that the Grocery Manufacturers Association had launched a public relations effort to blame biofuels Read More >

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The Biofuels Update

Yesterday I was sitting around wondering what I was going to write about today, searching for inspiration, when it hit me — I’ll ask my twitter friends!  So I posted, “looking for the latest, greatest, hottest, info/news on biofuels.” And that’s where the ideas came from for today’s post — Thanks to @EpicBear and @tomkimmerer for your suggestions, I really appreciate them. Biofuels Digest reports that confirmation hearings, begin next Tuesday for Energy Secretary-designate Dr. Read More >

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