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NEWS UPDATE January 8, 2013

Rumored Gregoire nomination shines light on governors’ climate efforts

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 8, 2013

An unconfirmed nod for Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) to head U.S. EPA could indicate that Obama will nominate someone with a leadership background on climate change. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported on Friday that Gregoire — who has served two terms and will relinquish her post next week to Gov.-elect Jay Inslee (D) — is the White House’s top pick to replace Lisa Jackson as administrator of EPA. [ read more … ]

A Look at DuPont Biofuel’s Work on Cellulosic Ethanol and Butanol

BY ROBERT RAPIER, Consumer Energy Report  •    •  Posted January 8, 2013

The first is a 30 million gallon per year corn stover-fed facility in Nevada, Iowa. DuPont has been working on this technology for about 10 years. They focused on corn stover because it is one of the easiest feedstocks to process, and because it is already there as a byproduct of ethanol production. DuPont broke ground on this facility on November 30, 2012 and start-up is planned for mid-2014. The facility has about 100 farmers under contract to provide 360,000 tons per year of corn stover (dry mass basis) for DuPont’s enzymatic process. The stover will be gathered in a 30 to 40 mile radius around the facility. Mr. Koninckx said that the yields of stover have been increasing over time, and they expect these yield increases to continue. He also said that they can sustainably remove some stover from the fields without lowering the soil quality, and that the lignin-rich byproduct of the process could be used to replace coal. [ read more … ]

In Guatemala, food-vs.-fuel debate reigns supreme

E&E  •    •  Posted January 8, 2013

Laws in the United States and Europe aimed at increasing the use of biofuels in cars are contributing to starvation in poor countries where land that was once used to grow food is now used to grow crops for fuel. Because farmers can grow plants for biofuel more profitably than plants for human consumption, fewer people in countries with agriculture-based economies in Latin America, Asia and Africa are growing food. And the nations are forced to import food at a higher cost from other countries. [ read more … ]

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