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Environmental Group Praises the Carbon Benefits of Gasoline


Groundhog Day arrived ahead of schedule this year, as the World Resources Institute launched its annual attack on biofuels. But the yearly ritual took on a tinge of April Fools’ Day as the environmental group oddly advocated that the U.S. firmly establish the blend wall in regulatory rules and thereby guarantee fossil fuels a 90 percent share of the gasoline market. The institute released a “new” report titled “Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Read More >

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USA Today Misses the Point on Biofuel Development


A recent USA Today article, picked up from content provider Ozy.com, mischaracterizes the message of a research article on land use changes. In their 2012 study on grasslands, South Dakota State University ecologists Christopher Wright and Michael Wimberly try to convey that the opportunity for cellulosic biofuel production to take root in the Great Plains and Western Corn Belt is in danger of being lost. The authors correctly note that public policy and economic incentives Read More >

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Final Notes from BIO's World Congress

On June 29 at BIO’s World Congress, Steen Riisgaard, CEO of Novozymes, and Stephen Tanda, Board Member of Royal DSM N.V., released a report from the World Economic Forum on The Future of Industrial Biorefineries. The report says that a biorefinery value chain could create revenue for agricultural inputs ($15 billion US), for biomass production ($89 billion), for biomass trading ($30 billion), for biorefining inputs ($10 billion), for biorefining fuels ($80 billion), for bioplastics ($6 Read More >

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From Pacific Rim Summit: Specialty Crops, Renewable Feedstocks & Sustainability

This panel on the second day of the Summit consisted of Richard Gustafson from the University of Washington, Gillian Madill, an independent consultant representing views of the environmental NGO community and John Sheehan, from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. While Mr. Gustafson and Mr. Sheehan gave informative talks on lifecycle assessment modeling and sustainability issues, Ms. Madill lit up the room with her talk titled, “Environmental Concerns with Energy Biotechnologies.” Read More >

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Wrong Question: Can Biofuels Be Carbon Friendly?

The Science Insider blog last week hosted an interesting debate between Tim Searchinger, Princeton visiting scholar, and John Sheehan, of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, regarding the recent policy proposal in the pages of Science by Searchinger et al. to “fix” the carbon accounting of biomass for bioenergy and biofuels in U.S. legislation and the successor to the Kyoto protocol, by giving credit only to biomass that can be managed Read More >

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