The EPA, through its Renewable Fuel Standards program, has set a pretty idealist goal for the introduction of cellulosic biofuels, and many are wondering if the goal will be able to be met.
[social_buttons] Around 800,000 fewer cars were on the road in Beijing, China this Monday, following the introduction of radical new traffic laws aimed at reducing pollution in the city. The new laws came into force today, and stipulate that 70% of government vehicles, as well as all private and corporate cars, take turns off the […]
I have my pet peeves. I really hate roller-bags, people not walking down escalators, and discovering that Flex Fuel has been around for over 20 years and nobody bothered to implement it. My feelings are not limited to Flex Fuel, but all abandoned fuel economy technologies all together. The fact that a nation as wealthy […]
A report from the “Office of Biobased Technology from the University of Michigan”, says that the United States lacks the standards to ensure that producing biofuels from cellulose won’t cause environmental harm.
The United States is headed towards being the single largest biodiesel consumer in the world, accounting for about 19% of the market by 2012.
By cutting fees for the legal transportation of kitchen grease used to make biodiesel for personal use from $400 to $75 per truck, California hopes that would-be backyard biodiesel grease thieves will pony up and go legit. [social_buttons] Prices for regular diesel have been historically high nationwide, and all over the U.S. people are turning […]
Citing higher oil and grain prices, the French Government said it will phase out tax breaks for biofuels by 2012.
[social_buttons] Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted to renew a one year extension for renewable energy tax credits worth $18 billion dollars. Absent from the package was a tax credit aimed at helping food giant Tyson and oil giant ConocoPhillips turn a profit by converting fats leftover from Tyson’s processing of beef to the so-called “renewable […]
The European Union decided pull of the accelerator of its fairly ambitious bio-fuel plans for the future. Nearly two thirds of the European population feels that climate change is a big issue, yet the EU itself is not planning on holding up its end of the bargain.
Editor’s note: Part three of Alexis Madrigal’s series on California’s ethanol mandate focuses on the challenges of transporting the fuel. III. How to Move A Billion Gallons of Fuel from Iowa to California Back in the 1980s, with smog choking American cities, the government decided to tinker with the gasoline hydrocarbon formula to create cleaner […]
Editor’s note: On July 10th, I asked if you’d be interested in “crowdfunding” a feature article on meeting ethanol mandates in California. You were: within two days, enough money was donated so that Spot.us, a new venture dedicated to crowdfunded reporting, was able to commission Wired.com staff writer Alexis Madrigal to move forward with his […]
Earlier this month, Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama outlined an ambitious energy plan to drive the United States toward a self-sufficient green economy. From fuel rebates to carbon cap-and-trade to vehicle fuel efficiency, the Obama plan has been widely accepted as the most comprehensive energy package released by a Presidential candidate to date. There is […]
Democrats fall eight votes short of preventing filibuster [social_buttons]With gasoline prices topping $4 a gallon, Senate Democrats wanted the U.S. government to throttle back on the billions of dollars in profits being taken in by the major oil companies. But with the White House threatening a veto of the bill, the Senate voted 51-43 to […]
The White House has outlined their plan to increase fuel efficiency standards to 35 MPG by 2020, a move that will save Americans an estimated $100 billion in fuel costs. The mandate was outlined in last year’s energy bill in December, but this proposal gives a boost to the timeline by requiring the mileage of […]
[social_buttons] British Columbia will be the first in North America to institute a comprehensive carbon tax on nearly all fossil fuels. It’s a groundbreaking move that could prove the feasibility of taxing greenhouse-gas emissions. Beginning July 1st, 2008, businesses and residents of British Columbia will be taxed $10 per metric ton of carbon emitted by […]