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Corn Growers Try to Understand Indirect Land Use Change

The National Corn Growers Association’s recent “Land Use: Carbon Impacts of Corn Based Ethanol 2009” conference highlighted the confusion the issue of indirect land use change has engendered for farmers. Chuck Zimmerman of AgWired summed it up in a report from the conference: Do you understand things like indirect land use when it comes to regulations via departments like the EPA due to the RFS? Me either. And I’ve sat in on conferences and discussions Read More >

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It’s Not Easy Being Green When It Comes to Technology

Being environmentally friendly can be difficult, particularly if you’re not sure which products are which. Now all that may change and being green may become easier. According to treehugger, a Discovery company, the USDA is proposing a “BioPreferred” label for biobased products. Treehugger writes, “Under the proposed plan, the label could be used on any product that is “wholly or significantly” made with renewable biological ingredients; in other words, anything made with “renewable plant, animal, Read More >

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Piping in the Tar Sands

Previously on this blog, I posed this question: Ethanol or Tar Sands? With Canada as the largest supplier of petroleum to America, it was a simple question: do we want to get the additional transportation fuel we need from domestic, renewable sources or from clearing Canadian forests? Well, we got an answer of sorts late last week when the U.S. State Department issued a permit to Enbridge Energy Corp. to build a 326-mile pipeline from Read More >

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Energy Matters

Some say growth in the biofuel industry can play a significant role in fueling this country’s economic engine. For example, there are about three-dozen cellulosic biorefineries currently in various stages of planning or construction. Six of these are already in operation producing biofuels. Industry analyst Bio Economic Research Associates projects that advanced biofuel producers such as these can create more than one-hundred thousand new jobs by 2022. Many of these jobs will be in sectors Read More >

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