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2015 BIO World Congress Will Hold Workshops Focusing on Current Investment Trends

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BIO recently announced the schedule of workshops for the 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. These workshops are designed for focused discussions on the newest trends in business strategies, investment opportunities and technology development in industrial biotechnology. Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section argued that: “Government policies supporting the development of biomass and biobased products signals to private investors that there is a strong market for these products. The confluence of policy and Read More >

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Fuels America Sends a Valentine to the Oil Refiners

We Love Oil!

Fuels America (@FuelsAmerica) today sent an early Valentine card to the oil refining industry. Turns out, many Americans — who paid an extra $257 at the pump last year while using fewer gallons of gas — are in love with oil. On this (Hallmark) holiday, check out the Fuels America valentine video — We Love Oil! —  and share it with your loved ones or anyone who would be interested in learning the truth about our transportation Read More >

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Biotechnology “Oozes Through Your Life”

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Author Stephanie Clifford details U.S. dependency on oil in a recent Sunday New York Times article about the many ways that Oil Oozes Through Your Life, from food ingredients to plastic containers to cosmetics and all the energy that ships products from factory to consumer. The article notes that “there are only a few alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals,” but no examples other than natural gas are given. This oversight was mentioned by the USDA’s Sarah Read More >

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Compounded Climate Accounting Errors

Timothy Searchinger, visiting scholar at Princeton University, Dan Kammen of the University of California Berkeley, David Tilman of the University of Minnesota and other authors from the Environmental Defense Fund published an interesting new proposal in the Policy Forum section of Science magazine today. The argument put forward is that “Replacing fossil fuels with bioenergy does not by itself reduce carbon emissions, because the CO2 released by tailpipes and smokestacks is roughly the same per Read More >

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Visualizing the indirect effects of oil

It has been pointed out numerous times on this blog (here, here and here) that you can’t have a true comparison of fuels if you account for the direct effects of all fuels and the indirect effects of only one. But that is what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resource Board (ARB) have proposed. Both the EPA in their proposed RFS II rules and ARB in their Low-Carbon-Fuel-Standard have calculated the Read More >

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