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Yay! USDA and DOE Announce $41M Biofuel Subsidies

Watching stupid people get all worked up is fun – sort of like watching a cat chase a laser dot. This, perhaps, is why I got a good laugh at the expense of GOP politicians when they got worked up over the DOD’s massive, highly intelligent, US economy stimulating, and national securifying biofuel purchase earlier […]

July 28th

Senate Votes to End Ethanol Subsidies

Today marked the beginning of the end for the 45-cent-per-gallon ethanol blending subsidy, as the U.S. Senate voted 73-27 to end the subsidy. But that doesn’t mean the ethanol subsidy will end overnight. Here’s why. First and foremost, President Obama and the White House have already released a memo stating that they do not support […]

GMO Biofuels are Coming Soon(er)

Last week, Ars Technica reported that a team of biologists working with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a shortcut for processing switchgrass into biofuels. The teams focus has been on a complex polymer in switchgrass called lingen, which is described as “tough enough to support everything from […]

February 21st

FEEDER Highway Grows Food On Former Roads

I don’t buy into the whole “cities are the greenest places to live” argument for one main reason; food. Cities import 99.9% of the food they consume, often from great distances away. It takes something like 12 acres of food to feed a single person for one year. Multiply that by the millions that live […]

October 18th

EPA Approves 15% Blend Of Ethanol In Gasoline

Ethanol is probably the single most controversial of alternative fuels. There are plenty of arguments against it. You’re taking away from food production, it isn’t as efficient as gasoline, so on and so forth. The big thing it has going for it though is that it isn’t oil. More corn in our cars means less […]

October 14th

Shell Signs on for $12B Alt-fuel Project

Energy giant Shell International has signed binding Agreements with Brazilian company Cosan to begin forming a new, $12 billion joint venture project that would see Shell develop sugar can ethanol and new, “next-generation” alternative fuels. More on what this project means for the future of biofuels, after the jump.

August 31st

New Holland Rolls Out Fuel-Cell Tractor

New Holland’s revolutionary ZEV NH2 tractor will be making its North American debut at next week’s Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa… but it’s much more than a static concept: it’s a fully-functional prototype of (what New Holland hopes will be) the farm tractor of tomorrow. More – including  pictures and videos – after the […]

August 27th

Detroit: From Motor City To Urban Farm?

This is car news, and it isn’t. But it is definitely…interesting. Detroit was once the 4th largest city in America and it held the title of Motor City because most of America’s cars came from there. Flash forward 40 years, and Detroit’s population has dwindled from a high of 2 million people to just over 800,000. […]

January 22nd