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Natural gas: A threat to biofuels?

Dan Piller • Posted: Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Beginning next month, the few motorists who own natural gas-powered autos will be able to fuel them at Iowa’s first natural gas pump at the Krueger’s BP on Highway 141 northwest of Des Moines

Ethanol Industry Faces Headwinds

Source: Abby Schultz • Special to CNBC.com • Posted: Friday, November 11th, 2011

The ethanol industry has had a profitable year despite the jump in corn prices , but the industry faces a slew of headwinds, including overcapacity and political pressure to cut generous incentives.

Nebraska Ethanol Board to launch flex-fuel vehicle awareness campaign

Source: Jim Lane • Posted: Friday, November 11th, 2011

In Nebraska, a new grant awarded by USDA will be used to promote flex fuel vehicles, flex fuel pumps, and driver education. The grant was announced at a meeting of the Nebraska Ethanol Board today.

Biofuels, wind power show gains, but hurdles remain

Posted: Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Biofuels and wind power are having the biggest new impact in American power generation, according to a report released today by the U.S. Energy Department. Consumption of biofuels has risen 16-fold since 2000 and wind power use has seen an eight-fold increase during the same period.

The Hidden Toll of Traffic Jams

Source: Robert Lee Hotz • Wall Street Journal • Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Scientists Increasingly Link Vehicle Exhaust With Brain-Cell Damage, Higher Rates of Autism Congested cities are fast becoming test tubes for scientists studying the impact of traffic fumes on the brain. As roadways choke on traffic, researchers suspect that the tailpipe exhaust from cars and trucks—especially tiny carbon particles already implicated in heart disease, cancer and […]

Unusual bedfellows join to fight corn subsidies

Source: Jason Plautz • E & E • Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

A vast coalition of environmental, taxpayer, agricultural and business groups are urging congressional leaders to block all efforts to continue federal support for corn ethanol in any budget deals.

Biofuels Start To Take Off In The Airline Industry

Source: Bellamy Pailthorp • Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

This week, two U.S. airlines will be flying passengers on flights powered by biofuels for the first time. On Monday a Continental flight from Houston to Chicago used a biofuel blend made in part from algae, and Wednesday Alaska Airlines is set to fly passengers using a fuel made in part from cooking oil.

Canadian business group finds ethanol doesn’t hinder food, reduces emissions

Source: Tiffany Stecker • E & E • Posted: Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

A Canadian economic think tank has released a positive review on the potential of ethanol as an alternative to petroleum fuel, asserting that corn- and wheat-based fuel creates no pressure on food resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions in a life-cycle analysis.

At hearing, GOP chairman and EPA official spar over definition of ‘productive’

Source: Jason Plautz • E & E • Posted: Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Focusing on the definition of “productive,” Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) accused U.S. EPA in a House Science energy and environment subcommittee hearing yesterday of “regulatory folly.”

Ethanol subsidies find GOP foes

Source: Robynn Tysver • World Herald • Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The political power of ethanol appears to have waned a little in Iowa if this year’s Republican presidential field is any indication.