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Energy Beet Display and Children’s Carbon Cycle Handout Big Hits at Keystone Farm Show
January 16, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Highlighting Advanced Biofuels USA’s work on a feasibility study of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore energy beet project proved to attract many visitors and a bit of buzz …

Research Brief: Students’ Understanding of the Carbon Cycle and Global Climate Change
November 21, 2016 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Craig Kohn, Joyce Parker and Andy Anderson (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Global climate change is a serious problem that requires the involvement of a scientifically literate public to solve. But what does the public …

BioFuelNet Responds To Study Claiming “ Biofuels Are Worse Than Gasoline”
September 8, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Marie-Joe Costantine (BioFuelNet)  Study stating “ biofuels are worse than gasoline” is fundamentally flawed  —  … In the study, when (John) DeCicco and colleagues calculate the CO2 emissions going into the atmosphere, they consider all parts …

Biofuels Are Worse than Gasoline? Creative Accounting Leads to Claim
August 31, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert C. Brown (Des Moines Register)  … The genesis of the latest headlines is frustration among certain biofuels critics that life-cycle analysis no longer supports their criticism of biofuels. The solution, of course, is …

The Case Against Ethanol Opponents: They Are Simply Incorrect +VIDEO
August 30, 2016 – 10:37 pm | No Comment

by  Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) … I can’t say for sure, since I haven’t done a count and compared it to a calendar, but it seems to me that the American oil industry has …

Do Biofuels Harm the Planet More than Gasoline?
August 30, 2016 – 9:44 pm | No Comment

Rowena Lindsay (Christian Science Monitor)  A new study suggests that biofuels can mitigate only 37 percent of the CO2 released by burning the biofuel. —  That’s a flawed premise, argues Daniel Schrag, a geology professor …

Carbon 101 and Biofuels
August 30, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Don Scott (National Biodiesel Board)  … Everyone knows that trees (and other plant life) absorb carbon from the atmosphere. It’s important to remember that plants also return their carbon to the atmosphere when they die …

MichBio Responds to Flawed University of Michigan Research Study on Biofuels and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
August 26, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(MichBio/BusinessWire)  MichBio, the biosciences industry association in Michigan, issued the following statement today regarding the release of a University of Michigan research study that claims the rising use of biofuels in the U.S. has led …

EPA: Chartered SAB to Review Biogenic Framework
March 4, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has scheduled a public meeting of the chartered Science Advisory Board March 31-April 1. During the meeting, the SAB is expected to conduct a quality review of …

Massachusetts Senators Ask Administration to Put Moratorium on Bioenergy Until 2020
May 15, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In a May 8 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Senators Markey and Warren, both Democrats from Massachusetts, question the value of bioenergy, energy sourced from cellulosic and woody material, …

Carbon Correctness, or Alice in Carbonland
November 3, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Let me get this straight.   The EPA says that emissions from petroleum are bad. Landfilling carbon is really bad. Climate change is really, really bad. Recycling is good. …

New NASA Probe Will Study Earth’s Forests in 3-D
September 16, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Zubritsky (NASA)  A laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth’s forests, helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle.

Called the Global …

Accounting for Bioenergy Emissions, Benefits Must be Done Right
June 13, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  With the White House shining a very bright spotlight on its plans for addressing climate change – in particular, the long-awaited proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants under Clean Air Act …

EPA Should Recognize Roles of Biomass, Biotechnology in Mitigating Global Warming, BIO Says
June 9, 2014 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The Environmental Protection Agency should recognize that carbon emissions from renewable biomass are fundamentally different from those of fossil fuels and that biotechnology can and must play a key role in mitigating …

The Race to Capture, Use and Monetize Waste CO2
March 5, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reduce carbon? Rid the world of excess CO2? Not so fast, buster. A new generation of technologies has come along that capture, re-purpose and monetize CO2 emissions. Will they realize their promise? As …

Carbon Cycle Infographic Published by Planet Forward at George Washington University
December 11, 2013 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Planet Forward)  Never understood the carbon cycle in your ninth grade biology class? Here’s an infographic about a key element to climate change.  READ MORE

Forest Products Society Journal Publishes Special Biofuels Issue
December 31, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Forest Products Society)  Biofuels made from high-yield, short rotation woody crops or from forest residuals and thinnings that are currently left unused have substantial potential to reduce CO2 emissions as well as to contribute to …

When, Where and How Wood Is Used Impact Carbon Emissions from Deforestation
May 29, 2012 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  A new study from the University of California, Davis, provides a deeper understanding of the complex global impacts of deforestation on greenhouse gas emissions.

The study, published May 13 in the advance online …

Soil Erosion Increasing Global Warming Threat: UNEP
February 20, 2012 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Nina Chestney (Reuters)   Global warming will get worse as agricultural methods accelerate the rate of soil erosion, which depletes the amount of carbon the soil is able to store, a United Nations’ Environment Programme …

Large Differences in the Climate Impact of Biofuels
November 17, 2011 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(PhysOrg.com)  When biomass is combusted the carbon that once was bound in the growing tree is released into the atmosphere. For this reason, bioenergy is often considered carbon dioxide neutral. Research at the University of …

Oregon State University Study: Woody Biomass Not a Good Substitute For Fossil Fuels
October 26, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment

by Amelia Templeton  (EarthFix)  In a study published today in Nature Climate Change, researchers at OSU suggest that efforts to thin Northwest forests to reduce the risk of wildfire and create biofuels could have an unintended consequence: …

Algae from Ethanol Plant Shows Promise as Poultry Feed
October 19, 2011 – 6:41 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An algae strain grown by BioProcess Algae LLC at Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc.’s 65 MMgy ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa, is one step closer to entering the poultry feed …

Biorefinery Feedstock and Fuel for Bioenergy
October 17, 2011 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Carl Kukkonen  (Viaspace) At the September 2011 Biorefining Conference,Dr. Kukkonen spoke about the properties of Giant King Grass.

—  Giant King Grass is the lowest cost cellulosic feedstock for a biorefinery

—  Co-location of biorefinery with …

Global Photosynthesis: New Insight Will Help Predict Future Climate Change
October 10, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A new insight into global photosynthesis, the chemical process governing how ocean and land plants absorb and release carbon dioxide, has been revealed in research that will assist scientists to more accurately assess …

Heavy Breathing by Plants Could Alter Climate Models, 30-Year Study Finds
October 3, 2011 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Ben Cubby (Sydney Morning Herald)  Plants have been breathing a lot more quickly than we thought, according to a study that suggests some climate change models may have to be modified to account for …

‘Serious’ Error Found in Carbon Savings for Biofuels
September 16, 2011 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by James Kanter (New York Times)  The European Union is overestimating the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through reliance on biofuels as a result of a “serious accounting error,” according to a draft opinion …

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA
June 24, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be conducting detailed biennial peer review meetings of its activities throughout the first half …

How Manomet Got It Backwards: Challenging the “Debt-then-dividend” Axiom
May 31, 2011 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Dr. William Strauss (Renewable Energy World/FutureMetrics) This short article challenges the assumption that there is always a carbon debt incurred first and then a carbon dividend realized later (debt-then-dividend) when using woody biomass for …

“The $1.01 a Gallon Tax Credit Will Help, but We Could Live without It”: Genencor
May 24, 2011 – 6:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genencor CEO Tjerk de Ruiter says, “As long as they create a mandate, the $1.01 a gallon cellulosic tax credit will help, but could live without it.”

Last week, Genencor released …

Land Use Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Conventional Oil Production and Oil Sands
May 5, 2011 – 8:18 am | No Comment

by Yeh, Sonia, Sarah Jordaan, Adam Brandt, Merritt R. Turetsky, Sabrina Spatari, David W. Keith  (Institute of Transportation Studies/University of California-Davis)   Debates surrounding the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land use of biofuels production …

Boeing, Yale University Conduct Jatropha Sustainability Study
April 8, 2011 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Boeing issued research conducted by Yale University’s School of Environmental Studies that showed significant potential for jatropha-based aviation fuel. The study showed that, if cultivated properly, jatropha could deliver strong …

Systematic Use of Fertilizers Can Save Forests, Fight Climate Change
March 28, 2011 – 8:13 am | No Comment

(IITA)  As the world grapples with the challenge of feeding an ever growing population in the face of dwindling natural resources confounded by climate change, findings from a recent research by IITA show that science-based …

The Need for Alternative Fuel: When Biofuels and Genetic Engineering Meet
March 14, 2011 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Alexander Kunev (The McGill Daily)  …However, getting rid of a system of distribution that encompasses a large network of filling stations and refineries is far from the most efficient way to ensure that more …

College Students Lack Scientific Literacy, Study Finds
January 18, 2011 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Most college students in the United States do not grasp the scientific basis of the carbon cycle – an essential skill in understanding the causes and consequences of climate change, according to …

Will Biogenic Emission Regulation Curb Biomass Growth?
January 4, 2011 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder  (DomesticFuel.com)  …In December 2010, Forisk Consulting released a study titled, “Economic and Regional Impact Analysis of the Treatment of Biomass Energy Under the EPA Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule.” According to NAFO, the …

State Aid: Commission Approves Aid for Waste CO2 Pipeline in The Netherlands
December 17, 2010 – 9:39 am | No Comment

(Europa)  The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, a €5 million investment aid for a pipeline infrastructure to transport waste CO2 from a bioethanol plant in Rotterdam to greenhouses in the “Zuidplaspolder”. The …

EBOOM CAPITAL: New EPA Regulation May Discourage U.S. Biomass Projects
December 9, 2010 – 7:39 am | No Comment

by Terry McDonald (EnergyBoom)  …The EPA agrees with the (U.S. Energy Information Agency) that biomass is a renewable fuel with no impact on the environment: “Although the burning of biomass also produces carbon dioxide, the primary …

Dutch flowers Grown with Carbon Dioxide from Bioethanol plant in Rotterdam
September 24, 2010 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(IBTimes/Green Energy UK)   More and more of the millions of flowers grown in Dutch greenhouses each year are receiving carbon dioxide from carbon capture and storage systems. As the leading European bioethanol producer, Abengoa Bioenergía …

RFA Disputes EPA’s Inclusion of Biogenic Carbon Emissions
September 17, 2010 – 6:59 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering equating biogenic carbon emissions with fossil fuel emissions under the Tailoring Rule, which requires the accounting and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions under the …

Praxair Signs 15-Year CO2 Deal with Osage
July 14, 2010 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/AP)  Industrial gas supplier Praxair Inc. said Tuesday it is buying carbon dioxide from Osage Bio Energy for use in food freezing and processing and drink applications….It is buying carbon dioxide that is produced by …

Biomass Better than Coal? War over Carbon Accounting Erupts
June 24, 2010 – 8:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biomass Digest)  In Washington, the Environment Working Group has released a study that claims the impacts of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACESA)—which has already passed the House of Representatives—would …

Cropland Carbon Fluxes in the United States: Increasing Geospatial Resolution of Inventory-Based Carbon Accounting
June 4, 2010 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Tristram O. West, Craig C. Brandt, Latha M. Baskaran, Chad M. Hellwinckel, Richard Mueller, Carl J. Bernacchi, Varaprasad Bandaru, Bai Yang, Bradly S. Wilson, Gregg Marland, Richard G. Nelson, Daniel G. De La Torre …

Biofuels and the Need for Additional Carbon
June 3, 2010 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Timothy D Searchinger (Environmental Research Letters)  Use of biofuels does not reduce emissions from energy combustion but may offset emissions by increasing plant growth or by reducing plant residue or other non-energy emissions. To do so, …

90 US Scientists Demand Revision of Biofuels Carbon Accounting
May 25, 2010 – 7:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, 90 US scientists wrote to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to fix accounting standards for greenhouse gas emissions associated with bioenergy projects.

The …

EPA’s ‘Tailoring Rule’ and the Biomass Industry
May 21, 2010 – 8:21 am | No Comment

(RenewableEnergyWorld.com)  …Including biomass power plants under the EPA’s tailoring rule is a clear policy shift and may imply a change in position for future policy.  The lack of distinction between renewable biomass as an alternative fuel …