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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE November 14, 2013


By CHET BROKAW and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press  •    •  Posted November 14, 2013

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, he’s not about to apologize for ripping up prairieland to plant corn. Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, more than 1 million acres of the Great Plains are giving way to cornfields as farmers transform the wild expanse that once served as the backdrop for American pioneers. This expansion of the Corn Belt is fueled in part by America’s green energy policy, which requires oil companies to blend billions of gallons of corn ethanol into their gasoline. In 2010, fuel became the No. 1 use for corn in America, a title it held in 2011 and 2012 and narrowly lost this year. That helps keep prices high. [ read more … ]

Next Generation of Biofuels Is Still Years Away

By AP / Johathan Fahey Nov. 13, 2013  •    •  Posted November 14, 2013

To Martin, cellulosic fuels are too important to stop trying to perfect them. “The transition to looking beyond food for biofuels is as important today as it was in in 2007,” he said. “If we can’t do it as fast as we thought we could, it doesn’t mean we should give up. [ read more … ]

Biodiesel industry worth $16.8B, provides 62K jobs — report

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 14, 2013

The biodiesel industry provides nearly $16.8 billion to the country in economic activity, the National Biodiesel Board said in a report today. The industry — which converts soybean oil, used cooking grease and animal fats into diesel — provides 62,000 jobs and $2.6 billion in wages, the report says. Biodiesel producers are on track to deliver a record 1.7 billion gallons this year, up from just over 1 billion last year, according to U.S. EPA data. [ read more … ]

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