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How Much Corn Is in a Barrel of Oil?

A segment on the Discovery Channel’s show “How Stuff Works” caught my eye this week and prompted that question. The segment points out that Xanthan gum, fermented from corn syrup, is used in oil drilling. Xanthan is combined with the drilling mud used to cool drilling equipment, and it helps to clear dirt and rock from the mud as well as maintain a pressure cap on the bore hole. The primary markets for Xanthan gum Read More >

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EPA Continues to Move Toward Calculation of Indirect GHGs

Dr. Bruce Dale of Michigan State University published a Commentary in the Washington Times on Nov. 26, calling for sound science in development of the EPA’s rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Dr. Dale points out, “No actual data exist that connect U.S. domestic ethanol production with, to cite a widely quoted example, the clearing of the Amazon rain forest. Instead, the paper’s conclusions depend entirely on economic modeling and assumptions.” He then discusses his Read More >

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Check out the BIO Roundtable on Biofuel Life Cycle Analyses Under the Renewable Fuel Standard

Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO); Bruce Dale, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center; Brian Davison, Chief Scientist for Systems Biology and Biotechnology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the BioEnergy Science Center; Keith Cole, Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, General Motors (GM); and Michael Parr, Senior Manager Government Affairs, DuPont discuss possible impacts on the industry of the EPA’s Read More >

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EPA Gets Input on Sustainable Biofuels

On Monday Oct. 27, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board held a workshop in Washington on “Looking to the Future.” The stated purpose of the workshop was “to stimulate SAB thinking about priorities for meeting critical environmental problems with an integrated approach to interdisciplinary science and research” and gather data on the net environmental implications of biofuels. A number of experts on biofuels and agriculture gave SAB presentations on land use change and other possible climate Read More >

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Scientists Call for EPA to Delay Rulemaking Process

In a letter submitted yesterday to Stephen Johnson, the Administrator of the EPA seven leading scientists called for a delay in the planned October 31st rulemaking citing several concerns, among them, “Of particular concern is that the EPA appears to be relying heavily on the February 2008 paper concerning potential land use change impacts authored by Searchinger et al. (Science, 319, 1238-40, 2008).  We belive this would be a grave error.” In addition to the Read More >

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