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Feinstein Backs Attempt to End Corn Ethanol Mandate

Feinstein Backs Attempt to End Corn Ethanol Mandate

Biofuels: Citing damage to the environment and higher food prices, U.S Senator Dianne Feinstein is lending her support to a bill that would end a federal mandate to increase the amount of corn ethanol in auto fuel. "A corn ethanol mandate is simply bad policy," said Feinstein.
Surprised? California Leads Nation in Biodiesel

Surprised? California Leads Nation in Biodiesel

Biofuels: Remember biodiesel? The fuel that was going to save the world back 10 or 12 years ago, but then fell off many people's radar? Now the fuel is on the upswing. California's biodiesel sector is growing by leaps and bounds.
Could Genetic Engineering Make Renewable Fuel Cheaper?

Could Genetic Engineering Make Renewable Fuel Cheaper?

Biofuels: Wood and straw are among the waste products our society produces in the greatest abundance, so it would be great to find a way to turn them into a clean-burning liquid fuel. Could genetic engineering help?
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Breakthrough Claimed in Hydrogen Biofuel

Breakthrough Claimed in Hydrogen Biofuel

Biofuels: Researchers at Virginia Tech are claiming a breakthrough in producing hydrogen fuel from a common plant sugar in a method that they say reaches efficiencies of higher than 100 percent, offering the possibility of cheap, ecologically benign gas fuel for engines and fuel cells.
Convicted Renewable Fuel Fraudster Heading to Prison

Convicted Renewable Fuel Fraudster Heading to Prison

Biofuels: The owner of Clean Green Fuel LLC is heading to prison after being convicted for selling more than 35 million renewable fuel credits despite his company having no means to create biodiesel.
$17 Million Granted For Clean Vehicles

$17 Million Granted For Clean Vehicles

Transportation: The California Energy Commission has awarded $17,223,593 in grants intended to promote cleaner-fueled vehicles in the state of California.
Biofuel from Algae Hits California Pumps

Biofuel from Algae Hits California Pumps

Biofuels: But some scientists are warning that the fuel may have too high an environmental cost.
American Cars and Trucks are Burning More Biofuels

American Cars and Trucks are Burning More Biofuels

Biofuels: Biofuels face some economic and policy hurdles in the U.S., but the industry is still growing.
Desert Solar May Pose Threat to Desert Biofuels

Desert Solar May Pose Threat to Desert Biofuels

Biofuels: A California biofuel farmer facing serious crop losses points a finger at a desert solar developer.
Scientists Discuss Renewable Energy's Effect on Wildlife

Scientists Discuss Renewable Energy's Effect on Wildlife

Wildlife: Renewable development, if done carelessly, can harm wildlife populations. Scientists gathering in Oakland this week discuss how, and why we need to do better.