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The Climate Post: U.N. Climate Conference Kicks Off Amid Reminders of Deal Urgency

Tim Profeta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The 12-day United Nations Climate Change Conference, which aims to forge an agreement to cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, began in Warsaw, Poland, this week. The goal set by the U.N.: limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels.

Where Have All The Prairies Gone?

AP | CHET BROKAW and JACK GILLUM | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

ROSCOE, S.D. (AP) — Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, ...

Ethanol Industry Responds To AP Investigation

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Associated Press investigation, which found that ethanol hasn't lived up to some of the government's clean-energy promises, ...

The Secret, Dirty Cost Of Obama's Green Power Push

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO and MATT APUZZO | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green

CORYDON, Iowa -- CORYDON, Iowa (AP) — The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has ...

The Ethanol Mandate Needs to Be Reformed

Mike Lux | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Sold in the beginning as an environmental idea, it has become rife with problems of all kinds, including major environmental concerns, and is now just a fat corporate subsidy and a tool for Wall St speculators to make money off of.

The Climate Post: Leadership Change in the White House

Tim Profeta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

Heather Zichal, President Barack Obama's top energy and climate adviser, announced plans this week to step down. Zichal has advised the president sinc...

EPA May Reduce Ethanol Blending Volumes For 2014

Reuters | Posted 12.10.2013 | Green

By Cezary Podkul NEW YORK, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Federal environmental regulators are expected to significantly reduce th...

Wall Street's Latest Dark Market Gambling: Ethanol

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

Rampant, unregulated Wall Street speculation by taxpayer-backed too-dangerous-to-fail megabanks must not be allowed to wreck another market and inflict more pain on Main Street.

Taking a Close Look at the Ethanol Market

Keith Gaby | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Keith Gaby

The Times piece raises three distinct questions for those concerned about energy policy and renewable fuels. First, can markets be a fair and efficient way to achieve the goals we want in this program -- more low carbon fuels, less imported oil and reasonable energy prices?

The Smoking Gun of Higher Oil Prices

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.15.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Is this what free enterprise is meant to be? I think not!

A Market in Desperate Need of Transparency

Mike Lux | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

If the 2009 financial crisis taught us anything, it's that market manipulation and speculation is a recipe for disaster. Four years later, we don't seem to have learned our lesson. Wall Street has found another, more obscure, market to manipulate.

Here's How 16 Big Companies Are Profiting Off Global Warming

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business

Rising global temperatures could be putting all of us at risk of allergies, nutritional deficiencies and more. But don't worry, there's a silver linin...

The Killing Fields: Industrial Agriculture, Dead Zones and Genetically Engineered Corn

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Elizabeth Kucinich

Scientists are predicting one of the largest dead zones ever in the Gulf of Mexico this year, with estimates ranging from 7,286 to 8,561 square miles, or as large as the state of New Jersey.

Biofuels and Biomass Lose Favor: Investors Beware!

Rachel Smolker | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Rachel Smolker

Cutting, burning, and clearing our forests and fields to supply massive quantities of plant materials to electric utilities and refineries appears ever more ludicrous and misguided. Think ancient Mayan civilization collapse.

Is Natural Gas the Next Ethanol?

Paul Alexander | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Paul Alexander

Touted at first as being clean and efficient, it was supposed to become a legitimate replacement for energy-producing substances like coal and oil. It was the solution America needed to foreign oil imports.

The Climate Post: Carbon Dioxide Milestone Revised by NOAA

Tim Profeta | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last week that carbon dioxide concentrations at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii surpassed the milestone 400 parts per million for a sustained period.

Congress's Affair With Ethanol: Love Gone Wrong?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Knowing what's behind Congress's passion for ethanol as a fuel is not quite as inscrutable as knowing what sparks romantic love, so let's look at some possibilities.

Now Mr. President, Deploy!

Carl Pope | Posted 05.18.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

Companies like Daimler U.S. in Portland make natural gas trucks; ask them what they need to sell more and their answer is crisp: "pumps, pumps, and more pumps." Most truckers who want to save money by fueling with natural gas can't, because there are not CNG or LNG outlets on their routes.

The Climate Post: Bacteria Surviving at High Altitudes Could Play a Role in Global Climate

Tim Profeta | Posted 04.03.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that even as high as 30,000 feet in the sky, fungi and bacteria are present in the air. These living microorganisms could very well affect global climate.

How Crony Capitalist Shamelessly Dupe Progressive Planners

Bill Frezza | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Bill Frezza

There it was in the recent Fiscal Cliff deal -- more tax breaks for windmills, electric cars, biodiesel, algae (algae?!), and of course 14 different flavors of ethanol. How many failures will it take before progressives wake up to the fact that they are being sold a bill of goods?

Bread Dough Toxicosis

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

There are two concerns for a dog that has eaten bread dough. One, there's a large mass of dough in the stomach that is continuing to rise. Two, the warm environment of the stomach promotes ongoing fermentation of the alcohol in the dough, which can result in ethanol toxicosis.

Is This Grass The Next Energy Miracle?

AP | ALLEN G. BREED | Posted 01.17.2013 | Business

OXFORD, N.C. — It's fast-growing and drought-tolerant, producing tons of biomass per acre. It thrives even in poor soil and is a self-propagatin...

Don't Blame It on the Rain: The Ethanol Mandate Is a Bad Idea in Any Year

Christopher Knittel | Posted 10.27.2012 | Business
Christopher Knittel

The RFS has enriched corn farmers and it has not reduced gasoline prices significantly. Our government should not be picking big agriculture as winners over the environment and the poor.

Experts Say Repealing Ethanol Fuel Standard Would Have Little Effect

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2012 | Green

(Adds gasoline comparative pricing in paragraphs 24, 25) * Food, livestock producers want US to waive ethanol mandate * ...

Ethanol Industry Making Historic Drought That Much Worse

Bloomberg View | The Editors | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business

Bloomberg View: Record-high corn prices should be sending a clear message to policy makers in Washington: Requiring people to put corn-based fuel i...