Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken, analyzed 100 ideas for mitigating climate change be reducing or eliminating the sources of carbon pollution. Elecrtric cars is #49.
The Farm Bill will help Extreme Biodiesel and hemp-based biodiesel bring us one step closer to Cheech & Chong’s Sweet & Low Upholstery van…maybe.
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 […]
I am a laid back guy, but wasting food really bothers me. There are people in the world who would kill for that half-finished burger or apple you took two bites out of. But I’m also not one of those “freegans” who rummage through peoples’ trash either. Sometimes bad food is bad food, and it […]
Hog and pig poop is disgusting and there are tens of millions of these curly tailed animals in farms across the U.S. Pig manure has a high nitrogen content which makes for poor fertilizer, so the manure if commonly pumped into giant open pools where it releases tons of methane into the air. Yuck. […]
The whole “Food vs. Fuel” debate is fascinating. The fact is that the U.S. now uses more corn for fuel than it does for food. In a time where one in five American children goes to bed hungry every night, people have a big issue with food being used as a fuel source. On […]
Corn as a fuel at first seemed like a great idea, but this use has affected corn for food and affected land use.
Growing up, I found many uses for the excess sawdust left from my father’s work, including using it as kitty litter and cleaning up spilled liquids, (what an exciting childhood!) But could sawdust also be used to fuel our cars?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Algae biofuel pioneer OriginOil, Inc. has come up with a new, more efficient design for growing algae for biofuel, using the kind of microalgae that blooms naturally in ponds. With the help of lenses that channel solar radiation within layers of algae, the new system greatly reduces the amount of pond acreage needed to grow […]
Conventional farming uses way more fossil fuels than the average person might imagine. Of course there’s the diesel and gas fuels that are used driving farm implements, supplies, and products from here to there. But in addition to those, the main ingredients of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides are also fossil fuels. This is why, when […]
If a biofuel refined from a scruffy little weedlike plant called camelina can hit supersonic speeds in a Navy fighter jet, imagine what it can do in your car. That’s the idea driving Sustainable Oils, which has been working on high performance aviation biofuel from camelina for about five years. Last fall the company started […]
Corn ethanol is a tricky subject, but what if you could teach corn to produce its own fertilizer from the air around it? If you could, you would vastly reduce the amount of petroleum-based fertilizer needed to grow it and therefore make it much more environmentally sound.
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. […]
[social_buttons] US Department of Energy secretary Steven Chu and US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have announced that the two agencies will be providing $6.3 million dollars for 7 projects at research institutions throughout the US to improve the use of plant feedstocks in biofuel production. Although biofuels have fallen out of favor in […]