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President Obama's Pledge to End "The Tyranny Of Oil"; "Peak Oil" Mutating to "Peak Consumption"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

A multiplicity of factors are in play that for the first time will begin to end the oil cabal's long and painful hegemony over our lives.

Report: Ethanol Partly Responsible For Rising Food Costs

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The increased use of ethanol could cost the government up to $900 million for food stamps and child nutrition programs, a congressi...

Aventine, Ethanol Producer, Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

AP | DIRK LAMMERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Ethanol producer Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. said Wednesday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ...

A Recipe for Cooking the American Consumer in Boiling Oil

David Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Blume

GAS PRICES ARE UP: A recipe for Cooking the American Consumer in Boiling Oil. By David Blume As I have documented in my book Alcohol Can Be A Gas! a...

Celebrating Ag and Energy Day Year Round

Bob Dinneen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bob Dinneen

Celebrating the productivity and the potential of American agriculture is something that we need to do more often. Too few people recognize that food doesn't miraculously appear on grocery store shelves.

Arbitrary, Thy Name is ARB: The Flaws in the California Air Resources Board Carbon Reduction Proposal

Bob Dinneen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Dinneen

In the debate over how best to reduce carbon emissions, there are some who claim, without much scientific support, that continuing to burn petroleum is better than shifting to renewable biofuels.

How We are Losing the Battle for Our Independent Fuel, Food and Jobs

David Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Blume

Weeks ago I predicted that Big Oil would take advantage of the chaos of the changing administration to crush and buy up alcohol plants.

Saudi Muslim Cleric Warns That Biofuels Could Be Sinful | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Koran prohibits consumption of alcohol in three separate verses that were written over a period of several years. The first mention occurs in 4:43...

Ethanol Growth Unites OPEC and Environmental Fringe

Bob Dinneen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Dinneen

For environmental activists to side with OPEC to protect the oil status quo is downright illogical and raises questions about the motives of such groups and the credibility of their arguments.

Lofty Biofuels Goals Rest On Investor Leaps Of Faith

AP | DIRK LAMMERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The U.S. could produce enough ethanol to displace nearly a third of all gasoline use by 2030, but gas would have to cost mor...

Oil Refiner Valero May Buy Troubled Ethanol Plants

AP | DIRK LAMMERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — If federal renewable fuel mandates require ethanol to be mixed into gasoline, the nation's largest independent oil refiner f...

Study: Cellulosic Ethanol Better For Environment -- And Health | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The study finds that cellulosic ethanol has fewer negative effects on human health because it emits smaller amounts of fine particulate matter, an esp...

Staying in the Lead on Biofuel Development -- Part 2

Bob Dinneen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Dinneen

Producing ethanol from cellulose can cut carbon dioxide emissions by 86% compared to gasoline according to the US Department of Energy, and ethanol can be produced in almost every part of the country.

Go Green Expo Screening with Peter Fonda and Mariel Hemmingway - Jan 23

Josh Tickell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Tickell

Fuel takes us through America's complicated, often ignominious energy past and illuminates a hopeful, achievable future, where decentralized, sustainable living is possible, and imperative.

Staying in the Lead on Biofuel Development -- Part 1

Bob Dinneen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Dinneen

Given the higher cost for building new cellulosic plants, changes in tax provisions will help with financing. But more is needed if we are to sustain the growth of this vital home grown industry.

Green Investing Slows, Perhaps Marking Shift To New Biofuels

San Francisco Chronicle | David R. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Green tech companies worldwide received a record $8.4 billion in venture capital during the year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Cleante...

How We've Changed Throughout the Bush Era

Maura Judkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maura Judkis

The January/February issue of the Atlantic has a neat graphic that shows how our country has changed over the Bush years. There are some interesting environmental stats here.

Ethanol Sales Top Gasoline Sales In Brazil

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Ethanol sales for 2008 for the first time are outpacing those of gasoline in Brazil, a top ethanol producer, the National Petroleum Agency reported Tu...

Ethanol and Water, Part Two

Robert Glennon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Glennon

As the ethanol boom has continued, I've seen new corn fields in Arizona and California where farmers water the fields with groundwater. Foolishness, oft repeated, does not become wisdom.

Mr. Obama Disagrees

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration is dreadful. His explanation is even worse. He shrinks Warren's statements about gay people down to a "disagreement," as if we're talking about ethanol subsidies.

Maybe Vilsack Won't Suck?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

I honestly don't know what to make of the Vilsack nomination, so I asked Denise O'Brien, the organic farmer who ran for Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture in 2006, to share her invaluable Iowan insights.

Ethanol and Water

Robert Glennon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Glennon

In the case of corn, it takes 2,500 gallons of water to grow enough corn to produce 1 gallon of ethanol. That's right, 2,500 gallons.

Ethanol: Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary Pick, Is Staunch Biofuel Supporter

New York Times | JEFF ZELENY and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

food assistance in the wake of the economic turmoil. Both Mr. Obama and Mr. Vilsack are regarded as staunch advocates of ethanol and other bio-fuel...

Shipping Ethanol on Gasoline pipelines: They Said it Couldn't Be Done

Bob Dinneen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Dinneen

To all those naysayers who said it couldn't be done, Kinder Morgan decided it could and is now the first company shipping ethanol by pipeline in the United States.

Green Jobs and Biofuels

Bob Dinneen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Dinneen

One of President-elect Obama's key objectives early in his administration is to create 2.5 million jobs through investment in green technologies.