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The law, designed to shrink the nation’s dependence on foreign crude and curb greenhouse-gas emissions, has pitted oil companies against farmers in the corn-rich Midwest.
The Environmental Working Group paper could add fuel to an argument that the renewable fuel standard is too reliant on corn-based ethanol, instead of sophisticated next-generation alternatives that have been tougher to commercialize.
The Pew Charitable Trust’s “Distributed Generation: Cleaner, Cheaper, Stronger” highlights the growth of wind and solar power, but also makes the case for lesser-known power sources like combined heat and power and waste heat to power. California and Texas are primed to lead the way, according to the report.
As people in countries such as China, India and Indonesia get wealthier they are increasingly turning to air travel for vacation or business, creating an enormous financial opportunity for the airlines.
United said Tuesday that the investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. could provide it with up to 180 million gallons of fuel per year.
While the sponsorship has raised the profile of ethanol among race fans, it’s done little to quiet a decade-old debate about whether ethanol is a renewable-fuels godsend or a government-subsidized mistake.
The 2007 renewable fuels law was intended to address global warming, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster the rural economy by requiring a steady increase in the overall amount of renewable fuels such as ethanol blended into gasoline over time.
Philip Ellender, the president of Koch’s government affairs arm, is lobbying the Senate against a plan to reform the nation’s renewable fuel mandates in favor of repealing it altogether.
The makers of advanced biofuels created with algae, animal fat and non-edible plant materials on Wednesday broke with traditional corn-based ethanol producers to call for sweeping changes to the nation’s biofuels mandates.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sees big opportunities for biofuels in foreign markets and fueling airlines — especially if the sector beats back stiff oil industry opposition.