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COSIA NRG Carbon XPRIZE: Tech Innovators Stalk a Stealthy WMD
April 25, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Among the climate warriors fighting CO2 build-up, perhaps the most ambitious are those who are seeking to use CO2 to make industrial materials, fuels or chemicals — displacing the need …

FedEx CEO Backed by Generals Tries to Nudge Trump on Fuel Rules
April 4, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by John Lippert (Bloomberg)  Smith leads effort to position standards as security issue; Group calling for electric vehicles, U.S. oil production  —  To get Donald Trump to come around to tougher fuel-economy standards, a corporate titan …

Rare Moment as Louisiana Environmentalists, Businesses Agree on Tax Issue
March 30, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Steve Hardy (The Advocate)  Environmentalists and industrialists find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder as they try to maintain a tax credit for low-emission vehicles.

The tax break encourages buyers to support Louisiana natural gas while …

CBA Event Highlights California’s Thriving Biodiesel Market
March 14, 2017 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Celia DuBose (California Biodiesel Alliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  Jennifer Case, chair of the California Biodiesel Alliance, ended her opening address at the sixth annual California Biodiesel Conference March 1 in Sacramento with one simple message: The world …

BP Buys Clean Energy Fuels’ Biomethane Arm
March 7, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  Oil giant BP has announced that it will buy Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s biomethane business for $155 million (€147m).  Clean Energy Fuels is a US provider of natural gas fuel for …

Exxon’s New Chief Endorses Carbon Tax to Combat Climate Change
February 24, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Joe Carroll (Bloomberg)  Darren Woods makes first blog post since succeeding Tillerson; Comment mirror’s former CEO’s long-standing position on levy  —  In his first blog post since succeeding Rex Tillerson, the new head of Exxon …

INTERVIEW-Argentina Could Double Percentage of Ethanol in Fuels -Official
February 16, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Maximilian Heath (Reuters)  Argentina in the next two to three years could double the proportion of ethanol used in gasoline from the current 12 percent of the blend, a government official told Reuters. If the …

The United States of Oil and Gas
February 15, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Tim Meko and Laris Karklis (The Washington Post)  There are more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 130,000 have been drilled since 2010, according to Drillinginfo, a …

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics
February 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.

After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

ENVIA Energy’s GTL Plant Is Underway, Produces First Biofuels
February 8, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City.

What makes it …

Piedmont Natural Gas Inks Agreement to Connect Duke to Swine-Gas Project
February 7, 2017 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by John Downey (Charlotte Business Journal)  Piedmont Natural Gas has reached an interconnection agreement with Optima KV for construction of natural gas lines that would put swine-waste gas on Piedmont’s system for use by Duke Energy …

Bay’s Parting Words
February 6, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Although Norman Bay posted his humorous “Gone Fishin'” tweet at 5:41 p.m. on Friday, FERC was still posting orders the former chairman had signed before resigning more than two …

Needless Waste of American Energy Resources — Quantifying Natural Gas Lost from Taxpayer and Tribal Owned Lands
January 30, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund) Oil and gas operators needlessly waste hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of methane, the main component of natural gas every year through leaks and intentional venting and flaring. This lost American energy …

Council Approves Funding for Biofuel Plan at Wastewater Treatment Facility — $1.3 Milllion OKed for Engineering
January 13, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by  Elisa Raffa (Sioux Land Matters)  Sioux city is moving ahead with plans to sell a methane product similar to what big ox produces, but city leaders contend that’s where the similarities end. Methane is a …

The Clean Tech Primer 2017
January 6, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Raymond James released its Clean Tech Primer 2017, arguably the most cogent and concise summary of activity and prospects across the gamut from solar power through to …

Exxon’s 2040 Outlook: Fossil Fuels Aren’t Going Anywhere
January 4, 2017 – 9:40 am | No Comment

(Oil & Gas 360/OilPrice.com)  The global energy mix will not look that much different for oil and gas in 2040, according to Exxon Mobil’s (ticker: XOM) recently released 2017 Outlook for Energy: A View to …

Small Is Beautiful: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Microchannel Reactor Tech
December 30, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.

After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

DOE Announces $15 Million to Accelerate the Deployment of Energy Efficient Transportation Technologies
December 22, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  Today (December 21, 2016), the Energy Department (DOE) announced $15 million, subject to appropriations, to support community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles and demonstrate energy efficient …

Second Chance Carbon: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
December 13, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.

LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts …

What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels?: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen and the Cellulosic Sector
December 12, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen says it has has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined …

Sinatra Bio: Ol’ Brew Eyes is Back
December 12, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Bottom line, Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas closed the sale of its cellulosic ethanol plant located in Hugoton, Kansas under the US Bankruptcy Code. Ocean Park was the sell-side advisor …

CNG Fuels Adds 100% Renewable Biomethane to Fueling Stations
December 6, 2016 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  NG Fuels, which develops, owns and operates natural gas fueling infrastructure in the U.K., says that Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO)-approved renewable biomethane for transport is now available to customers at all …

28 Days Later: Waste to Fuel
December 5, 2016 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The Canadian city of Surrey, British Columbia, prepares to open a new biogas plant fed by its residents’ kitchen scraps and yard waste, the fuel from which will power its …

Colorado Engineering Council’s Top Awards
December 5, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(The Villager)  The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado announced the winners of its 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) on Nov. 7 at a celebration luncheon held at The Brown Palace Hotel and …

Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta Select Tennessee for Methane-to-Feed Project
December 5, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Cargill and Calysta revealed that they will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional …

5.0 Magnitude Quake Hits Cushing, Rumbles Central Oklahoma
November 7, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Matt Dinger, & Adam Wilmoth (The Oklahoman)  Oklahoma bridges inspected following Cushing earthquake; Regulators working on new directive following Cushing earthquake; Buildings to be closed Monday in Cushing due to earthquake damage; What are some …

Big Oil Pledges $1 Billion for Gas Technologies to Fight Climate Change
November 5, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso (Reuters/Yahoo! News)  Some of the world’s biggest oil companies, including Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell , pledged on Friday to invest $1 billion to develop climate-friendly technologies as a …

VW Billions to Foster Natural Gas Vehicles?
October 26, 2016 – 10:54 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch  (Fleets & Fuels)  NGVAmerica Urges States to Take Advantage of Settlement  —  States should take advantage of the big diesel emissions settlement with Volkswagen to promote natural gas vehicles to reduce pollution, …

Con: Wind an Even Bigger Boondoggle than Ethanol
October 24, 2016 – 8:59 pm | No Comment

by Mark J. Perry  (South Coast Today/American Enterprise Institute)  … No question, there is a lot of hype about wind power being a huge potential source of energy. Its advocates like to point out that 80 million …

Tapping Landfills to Generate Power Seemed Smart. So Why Is the Industry Threatened?
October 24, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by Ralph Vartabedian (Los Angeles Times)  …

The problem began after the AQMD issued a complex 39-page rule requiring that by no later than Jan. 1, landfill methane power plant emissions meet the same standard as other types of engines …

Hillary Clinton Said America Is Energy Independent. It Is Not
October 11, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC)  Hillary Clinton said during the second presidential debate on Sunday that the United States has achieved energy independence, but the country still imports millions of barrels a day of oil and petroleum …

Clinton’s Plan to Reduce US Oil Consumption Likely Won’t Work
October 4, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC)  … Clinton says she would extend standards for vehicle fuel efficiency, methane emissions, building codes and appliance standards that President Barack Obama implemented or supported, according to a campaign spokesperson. Clinton supports …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Valero, Volvo
September 30, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Tesoro, Toyota
September 29, 2016 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Oil Bankruptcies Leave Lenders With ‘Catastrophic’ Recovery Rate
September 14, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Penty (Bloomberg)  Rate of 21% in 2015 compares to average of 59% previously; Bankruptcies so far this year are double last year’s total  —  U.S. oil bankruptcies haven’t been this “catastrophic” for lenders in …

Natural Gas: A Bridge Fuel — But for How Long?
September 14, 2016 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Tom Ewing (Renewable Energy World)  On Aug. 17, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) daily update announced that CO2 emissions from natural gas would soon surpass coal. That’s troubling.

Natural gas is viewed as a …

Oklahoma Quake Prompts Shutdown of Gas-Linked Wells
September 6, 2016 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Doug Stranglin (USA Today)  One of the largest earthquakes in Oklahoma rattled the Midwest on Saturday all the way from Nebraska to North Texas.  —  Oklahoma regulators on Saturday shut down 37 wastewater wells connected …

Biogas Certificates Provide Customers with Flexible Access to the Benefits of Biogas
September 1, 2016 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(Gasum) Gasum is the transmission network operator with system responsibility for the Finnish natural gas transmission system. As part of the development of the gas market, Gasum has created a Biogas Certificate system for the market. …

Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Offer Significant Benefits to the US
August 26, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jodi Delapaz (Agri-Pulse)  High octane fuels (HOF), specifically mid-level ethanol blends (E25-E40), could offer significant benefits for the U.S., according to a new study by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge, Argonne National laboratory (ANL) …

Creating Value from Landfill Gas
August 22, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The US EPA estimates that 250 million tons of municipal solid wastes are sent to landfills each year. These materials have a wide range of chemicals in them, including …

Oil Majors Lost One Engine; Now the Second One Is Sputtering
July 27, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Javier Blas (Bloomberg)  BP says second-quarter refining margins drop to 6-year low; Downstream business was key last year in cushioning cheap oil  —  If Big Oil was a two-engine airplane, you could say it’s been flying …

Biogas To Fleet Fuel In South San Francisco
July 19, 2016 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

by Nora Goldstein  (BioCycle)  …  SSFSC (South San Francisco Scavenger Company) has converted 27 of the 40 trucks in its fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). It uses Cummins Westport CNG engines. The …

Gaz Metro Converts Biomass into Renewable Natural Gas
July 17, 2016 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

(Gaz Metro/Biomass Magazine)  Gaz Métro is proud to announce that, over the past several months, it has been conducting a demonstration project aimed at converting forestry biomass into second-generation renewable natural gas. The trials, carried …

Will the Gas Bubble Burst? More Projects Struggle for GTL Finance
July 8, 2016 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Remember how natural gas was the no-brainer of all time. Gas-to-Liquids was the rage, and a gold rush of companies popped up such as Siluria Technologies, Calysta, and Mango Materials. …

Intrexon: Will Its GTL Business Arrive in 2018?
June 30, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The indictment was handed down this week in The Motley Fool, which averred:  While investors have been told to expect the natural gas-to-fuels platform to be commercialized by 2018, real-world indicators …

The DME Option: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DME as a Fuel
June 27, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Dimethyl ether has several fuel properties that make it attractive for use in diesel engines. It has a very high cetane number, which is a measure of the fuel’s ignitibility in …

They ♥ DME, Yeah Yeah Yeah: NREL, Enerkem Advance BIO-DME to Commercialization
June 27, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Poor DME. it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel, and it’s as well-known as a good place for sewing machine repair in Burundi.

San Diego-based Oberon Fuels …

Exxon, ConocoPhillips Top List of Methane Polluters
June 27, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Fortune Magazine)  This is how much methane pollution that eleven oil and gas companies emit annually. Eleven oil and gas giants in the U.S. leak so much of a potent green house gas into …

‘Threat Map’ Aims to Highlight the Worst of Oil and Gas Air Pollution
June 22, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Zahra Hirji (Inside Climate News)  Two activist groups used government data to show 12.4 million people in the U.S. live within a half-mile of an oil and gas facility—and its pollution.  —  Environmentalists have …

When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities
June 16, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Coming Clean)  When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities is a report documenting Coming Clean’s collaborative, community-based research project to monitor toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in gas fields …

Ontario Slates $100 Million toward Renewable Natural Gas
June 6, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Ontario’s government plans to spend up to $100 million over the next four years to foster growth of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the province.

On May 26, the Ontario Ministry …

Hillary Clinton’s Climate and Energy Policies, Explained
May 10, 2016 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (Vox.com)  Media coverage of the Democratic primary has not shed much light on Hillary Clinton’s proposals for climate change and clean energy policy.  But oh, she has proposals. Lots of them! I …

Shipping Sector Emissions: Alternative Fuels for Marine and Inland Waterways Transport
May 10, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(European Commission Joint Research Center)   A recent JRC report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to …

Vermont Public Service Board Authorizes RNG Project
April 25, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Vermont Public Service Board/Biomass Magazine) The Vermont Public Service Board recently authorized the construction and operation of a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility on a farm in Salisbury, Vermont. The project will use primarily manure, corn …

The Most Important Mystery about U.S. Climate Change Policy
April 18, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  … Environmentalists have charged for some time that the fracking boom — the rise in unconventional natural gas that is the key driver of all of this — has a …

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry
March 28, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Bill McKibben (The Nation) Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.   …   Meet methane, otherwise known as CH4.  In February, Harvard researchers published an explosive paper in Geophysical …

Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions Savings from Natural Gas Substitutions in Vehicles, Furnaces, and Power Plants
March 9, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Daniel S. Cohan and Shayak Sengupta (Inderscience Publishers/International Journal of Global Warming)  We compare the net greenhouse gas emissions impact of substituting natural gas for other fossil fuels for five purposes: light-duty vehicles, transit buses, …

Science: 2015 Well Blowout Doubled Los Angeles’ Methane Leak Rate
February 26, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Meagan Phelan (AAAS.org) The first quantitative estimates of the Aliso Canyon well blowout reveal that it released more than 100,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane.

A new study provides one of the first quantitative …

6 Things Bernie Sanders Would Do to Crack Down on Fracking, Even if Congress Doesn’t Go Along
February 22, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Ben Adler (Grist)  … Instead of embracing gas as a supposedly cleaner “bridge fuel,” Sanders wants to go straight to renewables.

Here are the six most significant executive actions that a President Sanders would likely take …

Will Renewable Biofuel Help “Redeem” Clean Energy Fuels?
February 11, 2016 – 9:32 pm | No Comment

(The Motley Fuel)  … Can the company’s renewable natural gas, which it sells under the brand name Redeem, continue to drive growth even in the current environment? I think it can, but there’s more to like …

L.A. County Files Criminal Charges over Porter Ranch Gas Leak
February 8, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Paige St. John and Alice Walton (Los Angeles Times)  Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday was charged with failing to immediately notify state authorities about the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon.

L.A. County Dist. Atty. …

Leviathan Partners Sign $1.3 Billion Gas Deal With Edeltech
February 2, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by  Sharon Wrobel (Bloomberg Business)  Israel’s natural gas companies and Noble Energy Inc. have signed the first contract to supply fuel from the country’s largest gas reserves, the offshore Leviathan field.
Partners in Leviathan will supply …

ExxonMobil’s Energy Outlook Projects Energy Demand Increase and Decline in Carbon Intensity
February 1, 2016 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(ExxonMobil/BusinessWire)  Global energy demand expected to increase 25 percent between 2014-2040, driven by population and economic growth; Carbon intensity of the global economy to fall by half due to significant energy efficiency gains and a gradual …

Air Regulator Sues California Utility over State’s Historic Methane Leak
January 28, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters)  A California utility failed to protect residents from the largest methane leak in state history at its natural gas field near Los Angeles, a regional pollution watchdog said in a lawsuit filed …

Study: Renewable Energy Best Way to Achieve Climate Targets under Clean Power Plan — Unaddressed Methane Leakage From Natural Gas Sector Could Undercut Emissions Reductions
January 28, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(PSE Healthy Energy)  New analysis from PSE Healthy Energy and University of California at Berkeley finds that increased deployment of renewable energy is the best way to meet or even surpass Clean Power Plan targets, …

IEA-RETD Launches Call for Proposal for Renewable Power-to-Gas (RE-P2G) Study DEADLINE: February 4, 2016
January 27, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/IEA)  Renewable Power-to-Gas (RE-P2G) technologies like renewable methane or renewable hydrogen can substitute fossil conventional and alternative fuels (natural gas or liquefied natural gas) and thus decrease the share of transport-related emissions (NOx, particles, …

Should the Ethanol Industry Promote E30 Fuel Blend?
January 25, 2016 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by By Mikkel Pates (Grand Forks Herald)  …  Brian West, deputy director of the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., said the issue shouldn’t be difficult with …

Power to the Poop: One Colorado City Is Using Human Waste to Run Its Vehicles
January 22, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

Melanie Sevcenko  (The Guardian)  Renewable natural gas is a growing industry for fuel, electricity and heat, but advocates says it’s a largely untapped market in the US  —  No matter how you spin it, the …

Ohio Has Few Checks for Natural-Gas Storage Leaks
January 22, 2016 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Laura Arenschield (Columbus Dispatch)  … In fact, Ohio ranks eighth nationwide in the volume of natural gas stored below ground.

California officials issued emergency-oversight measures last week requiring daily inspections of storage fields using infrared technology …

California Gas Leak Exposes Growing Natural-Gas Risks
January 20, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Richard Martin (MIT Technology Review)  As America shifts toward natural gas for energy, decaying pipelines and storage facilities are at risk of leaks and explosions.  —  Since it was first detected on October 23, …

Big Oil to Cut Investment again in 2016
January 4, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso (Reuters)  With crude prices at 11-year lows, the world’s biggest oil and gas producers are facing their longest period of investment cuts in decades, but are expected to borrow more …

LA’s Gas Leak Is a Global Disaster
January 4, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Maddie Stone (GizMoDo)  One of the worst environmental disasters of the decade is currently underway in a quiet community 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Putrid, methane-rich natural gas has been spewing into the air …

Federal Agencies Release Update on National Biogas Activities
December 17, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  In support of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly released the Biogas …

Here’s What You Need to Know about the Porter Ranch Gas Leak
December 14, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Los Angeles Daily News)  Nov. 6, 2015 – This morning at 11 a.m., SoCalGas crews and outside experts started the coiled tubing rig operation to attempt to work through an ice blockage inside the 2 …

Methane-Munching Platform Microbe: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Intrexon Energy
November 10, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Intrexon’s proprietary methanotroph bioconversion platform has the potential to transform the gas-to-liquids (GTL) industry through use of optimized microbial cell lines to convert natural gas into higher carbon compounds such …

BP Says Carbon Charge Needed to Make Renewables Cost Competitive
November 3, 2015 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Kent (Global Finance)  … The cost of producing energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind will fall sharply over the next 35 years, BP PLC said Monday, but without a system in place …

Analysis Shows Greenhouse Gas Emissions Similar for Shale, Crude Oil
October 28, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Tona Kunz  (Argonne National Laboratory)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory this week released a pair of studies on the efficiency of shale oil production excavation. The reports show that shale oil …

A Secret Password for Advanced Biofuels at Scale? Forget “Open Sesame”, Try “Velocys Inside”
October 5, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four new technologies approach scaled operations, all with one element in common – Velocys technology on the back-end.  Why Velocys, why now? The Digest investigates.

In Oklahoma, Southeast Oregon, Eastern Ohio, …

Turning Garbage Into Profit
September 3, 2015 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Olga Grigoryants (Pacific Standard)  Last year, Simi Valley Landfill entered what is becoming a fast­-growing business of transforming fetid odors from decaying trash into fuel, a feat made possible by the miracles of modern chemistry …

The Gas Rush: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Farmatic and the Opportunity in Renewable Natural Gas
September 3, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a remarkable presentation at the Infocast Methane Bioengineering Summit in San Diego this week (and earlier at the Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks Conference in New Orleans, in June), Farmatic CEO …

Calysta and Its Happy Meal
September 3, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s not just fish meal, it’s happy meal — for investors, we hear. As Calysta pivots towards methane-to-protein and supersizes its business plan, we visit with CEO Alan Shaw to …

The Gas Rush: Could the US Switch Fuels over to 51% Renewable Natural Gas?
September 3, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In a remarkable presentation at the Infocast Methane Bioengineering Summit in San Diego this week (and earlier at the Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks Conference in New Orleans, in June), Farmatic CEO …

Dimethyl Ether as a New Diesel Alternative Fuel: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
September 2, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is launching DME (dimethyl ether) in North America as a clean-burning, alternative to diesel. Using various, domestic feedstocks such as food and green waste and natural gas, Oberon …

Methane’s Sputnik Moment? The 7 Hottest Meth Techs to Watch, as US Methane Regulation Steps up
August 20, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Are these 7 companies the big winners from the EPA’s proposed rules for oil & gas well methane emissions? — In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a set of new …

Natural Gas-Fueled Buses and Trucks: Will the Climate Really Benefit?
August 20, 2015 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Camuzeaux (Environmental Defense Fund)  At a time when companies and governments are looking more closely at alternative fuel sources to reduce their environmental impact, many players in the transportation sector are considering shifting their …

The Limits of Obama’s New Rules on Pollution
August 19, 2015 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(The Washington Post)  Editorial: THE OBAMA administration released new pollution rules on oil and natural gas production Tuesday to predictable howls from industry. The danger, though, is that the rules won’t do enough to achieve the …

U.S. Surpasses ‘Major Milestone’ for Alternative Fueling Stations
August 17, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon  (Next Gen Transportation News)  With little fanfare, the U.S. reached the 20,000 mark for the number of alternative fueling stations operating throughout the nation back in May, according to data from the …

The GOP’s All-of-the-Above Energy Policy Is Nothing Like Obama’s
August 10, 2015 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Leber (New Republic)  … Walker and Bush intend to end subsidies for clean energy, largely continue the same century-old tax breaks that remain for fossil fuels, and encourage expanded federal permits for coal and oil …

Editorial: Obama’s Clean Energy Plan Doesn’t Go Far Enough
August 5, 2015 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Los Angeles Times)  … More important than the dollar amount are the greater losses of life, home and habitat expected to result from rising seas, weather catastrophes and changes in the environment that will affect the …

NM Lawmakers Call on Administration to Curb Natural Gas Waste Causing Methane Hot Spot Over San Juan Basin
July 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM))  In a letter this week to Office of Management and Budget (OPM) Director Shaun Donovan, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and …

Study Gets a Handle on Gas Leaks: 80 Billion Cubic Feet
July 28, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (InsideClimate News)   Four percent of the facilities surveyed accounted for 23 percent of the leaked natural gas, worth about $240 million — About 80 billion cubic feet of the potent greenhouse gas methane …

New Family of Chemical Structures Remove CO2 from Gas Mixtures
July 17, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(Stockholm University/Biomass Magazine)  A newly discovered family of chemical structures, published in Nature, could increase the value of biogas and natural gas that contains carbon dioxide. The new chemical structures, known as zeolites, have been …

Methane Leaks Raise New Questions about Natural Gas Sites
July 10, 2015 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Rhiannon Meyers (Houston Chronicle)   Some natural gas operations in the Barnett Shale leaked more methane than previously thought, underscoring the need for better and more frequent monitoring and repair of equipment, new studies by …

Integrating Source Apportionment Tracers into a Bottom-up Inventory of Methane Emissions in the Barnett Shale Hydraulic Fracturing Region
July 7, 2015 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Amy Townsend-Small, Josette E. Marrero, David R. Lyon, Isobel J. Simpson, Simone Meinardi, and Donald R. Blake  (Environmental Science and Technology)  A growing dependence on natural gas for energy may exacerbate emissions of the greenhouse …

INSIGHT-California’s Push for Cleaner Buses Could Edge out Natural Gas
July 2, 2015 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Nichola Groom (Reuters)  Fifteen years ago, California led the way to cleaner transit buses with strict tailpipe emissions standards that effectively ushered out diesel as the primary fuel for buses in the state and …

Oregon Lawmakers Look to Swap LCFS for Fuel Tax
June 26, 2015 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Oregon governor Kate Brown (D) and a group of eight legislators have negotiated a proposal to kill the state’s new low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in return for a 4¢/USG rise in the gasoline …

Amid Low Prices, US Oil Output May Be Nearing Peak
June 8, 2015 – 11:30 pm | No Comment

by Jay Fitzgerald (Boston Globe)  Is America’s energy boom coming to an end?   As companies shut down oil- and gas-drilling rigs and lay off thousands of workers who toiled in shale fields in North Dakota, …

Nebraska Gov. Signs Alt-Fuel Vehicle Rebate Bill
June 3, 2015 – 10:39 am | No Comment

(TruckingInfo.com)  Nebraska’s Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved legislation that will establish a new program offering rebates for alternative-fuel vehicle conversions, according to documents from the state legislature.

The legislation (L.B. 581), called the Nebraska Clean-Burning Motor …

Big Oil Companies Want a Price on Carbon. Here’s Why.
June 2, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (National Journal)  Natural-gas profits have Shell and BP, among others, calling for increased use of carbon-emissions fees ahead of a make-or-break climate summit in Paris.

Six oil and gas giants based in Europe …

New Environmental Study Urges “Caution” for Policymakers Considering Replacing Clean Diesel Trucks With Natural Gas Vehicles
May 19, 2015 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Uncertainty Over Amount of Methane Emissions & Diesel Technology Efficiency Warrant Further Examination

A new study published today said that switching from diesel to natural gas in heavy-duty trucks could worsen and accelerate …

Nonpetroleum Share of Transportation Energy at Highest Level since 1954
May 18, 2015 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration)  In the United States, petroleum is by far the most-consumed transportation fuel. But recently the share of fuels other than petroleum for U.S. transportation has increased to its …

We’re Using Natural Gas All Wrong for the Climate
April 30, 2015 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Harry Saunders (The Energy Collective)  The natural and immediate inclination of emissions reduction practitioners and policy-makers is to substitute gas directly for coal in the power generation sector. But this is a deeply flawed …

15 Hot and Novel Low Carbon Fuel Technologies to Watch
April 28, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An effort is underway in the UK to classify, within the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, “novel low carbon fuels” made by companies such as LanzaTech, Joule, Solar Jet, Velocys, Sunfire, …

US Poised for Biobased Chemicals Breakout, Says National Research Council
April 6, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though challenges remain, particularly in affordable feedstock, the US National Research Council says “Despite impressive recent and projected growth, the manufacturing of chemicals using biological synthesis and engineering could expand …

Taxing Natural Gas as a Motor Fuel
March 27, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Avalara)  Natural gas is becoming increasingly popular as a transportation fuel due to its lower costs and less environmental impact. As a result, it’s gaining the attention of state regulators, many of whom are looking …

4 Minutes… Mark Herrema. Co-Founder and CEO, Newlight Technologies
February 9, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Newlight is harnessing methane-based carbon emissions as a resource to replace oil and reduce the cost of plastics production … Newlight successfully scaled up to commercial scale at a four-story manufacturing …

Low Carbon Fuel Project Inches Closer to Construction
February 8, 2015 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hixson (Journal of Commerce)  Blue Fuel Energy, based in Victoria, plans to make its final decision on a $2.5 billion gas refinery at the end of the year. The renewables and natural gas-to-gasoline plant …

Oklahoma Worries Over Swarm of Earthquakes and Connection to Oil Industry
February 6, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post)  … What to do about the plague of earthquakes is, however, very much an open question in Oklahoma. Last year, 567 quakes of at least 3.0 magnitude rocked a swath of …

Energy Secretary Moniz Unveils More Than $55 Million to Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies
January 23, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)   Following the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20 in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry, Energy Secretary Ernest …

5 Things to Know about Obama’s Next Climate Move: Methane
January 16, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields.

The plan relies …

Eight under $70: Which Biofuels Ventures Can Beat out Cheap Oil?
January 13, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Oil prices continue to show incredible volatility. $106 in June, $50 today. Which biofuels ventures have the pro-formas to make money in a tough market? The Digest investigates.

Avello Bioenergy

Cost: $57.50 per …

New Research Links Scores of Earthquakes to Fracking Wells Near a Fault in Ohio
January 8, 2015 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wines (The New York Times)  Not long after two mild earthquakes jolted the normally steady terrain outside Youngstown, Ohio, last March, geologists quickly decided that hydraulic fracturing operations at new oil-and-gas wells in the …

Delaware-Size Gas Plume over West Illustrates the Cost of Leaking Methane
December 30, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Joby Warrick   (The Washington Post)   The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near this desert trading post may be colorless and odorless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from …

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York
December 17, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(North Country Public Radio)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.

Acting Health Commissioner Howard …

Does the Oil Glut Spell DOOM, GLOOM or BOOM for Alternative Fuels?
December 16, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does $60 oil impact payback for natgas or hybrid electric vehicles, and cellulosic biofuels?  The going assumption is that low oil prices are bad for alternative fuels — but …

4 Minutes with…Rebecca Boudreaux, President, Oberon Fuels
December 15, 2014 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Oberon Fuels is launching DME (dimethyl ether) in North America as a clean-burning, alternative to diesel. Using various, domestic feedstocks such as food and green waste and natural gas, Oberon …

Gaz Métro & ANGI for Quebec BioNGVs
December 15, 2014 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch (Fleets & Fuels)  Compost Collection Supports Saint-Hyacinth Fleet Vehicles

Canada’s Gaz Métro utility and the compressed natural gas infrastructure provider ANGI Energi have played key roles in the commitment by the Quebec town …

Small Number of Wells Responsible for Methane Emissions
December 15, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Max B. Baker (Star-Telegram)  A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere during production, but at higher levels than previously estimated …

Is Cellulosic Ethanol All it’s Cracked Up to Be?
December 11, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Edward Dodge (Breaking Energy) The EPA has long promoted cellulosic ethanol as the future of biofuels, but technical challenges have kept production far below targets. A recent rule change allows RNG, renewable natural gas, …

Direct Measurements of Methane Emissions from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells in Pennsylvania
December 10, 2014 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Mary Kanga, Cynthia M. Kannoa, Matthew C. Reida, Xin Zhangb, Denise L. Mauzeralla, Michael A. Celia, Yuheng Chen, and Tullis C. Onstott (PNAS)  Abandoned oil and gas wells provide a potential pathway for subsurface migration and emissions …

Plant Expansions Fueled by Shale Gas Boom to Boost Greenhouse Gas, Toxic Air Emissions
December 10, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Talla Buford (The Center for Public Integrity)  … By 2018, the land (Stacey) Ryan and other holdouts have fought to keep will be consumed by an $8.1 billion ethane cracker and a multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids …

Abengoa Plant May Reopen
December 9, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joshua Lucero  (Portales News-Tribune)  More than two years after the Abengoa plant went off-line, Houston, Texas, based Natural Chem Group is looking to acquire the plant and resume operations.

Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Director …

The Downside of the Boom
November 24, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Deborah Sontag and Robert Gebeloff  (The New York Times)   North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances.

Blowouts represent the riskiest …

Secretary of Energy Emphasizes Partnership between Brazil and United States in Biofuels Event on Amazon Cooperation
November 3, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Laís Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On October 30, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz gave the keynote speech at the event “FAPESP-U.S. Collaborative Research on the Amazon,” promoted by a partnership between the …

EU GHG Deal Calls for 27 Percent Renewables by 2030
October 31, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Oct. 24, the European Council issued a statement announcing it has agreed on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework for the European Union. The council has endorsed a …

A Host of Chemicals Emissions Are Seeping from Oil and Gas Operations
October 23, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Mark Jaffe (The Denver Post)  A host of chemical emissions seep are seeping from oil and gas drilling pads with different ones coming from different places in the operation – from the wellhead to …

Study: Natural Gas Surge Won’t Slow Global Warming
October 16, 2014 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (AP/SFGate.com)  Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn’t quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won’t slow global warming, a new study projects.  Abundant natural gas in the United …

People Near ‘Fracking’ Wells Report Health Woes
October 14, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Koch (USA Today)  People living near natural-gas wells were more than twice as likely to report upper-respiratory and skin problems than those farther away, says a major study Wednesday on the potential health …

4 Minutes With…Timothy D. Lebrecht, Lead Engineer Refinery and Bio-fuel Applications, Air Products and Chemicals
October 2, 2014 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Right now our knowledge of H2 for hydrotreatment of Renewable Diesel, knowledge of O2 for Gasification, and knowledge of N2 for inerting are key areas where I and Air Products …

Natural Gas Usage Will Have Little Effect on CO2 Emissions, UCI-Led Study Finds
September 25, 2014 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(University of California-Irvine)   Abundant supplies of natural gas will do little to reduce harmful U.S. emissions causing climate change, according to researchers at UC Irvine, Stanford University, and the nonprofit organization Near Zero. They found …

Green Growth: A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities
September 18, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, James Heintz, and Bracken Hendricks  (Center for American Progress)   …   This report quantifies the level of investment required for the United States to align emissions reductions with international goals …

To Save the Climate, We Need a Ban on Fracking
September 16, 2014 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Wenonah Hauter  (Food and Water Watch)  … Over the next few years, scientific evidence mounted, showing not only that fracking won’t help moderate climate change, but that it has the potential to unleash massive amounts of …

PUMP debuts Sept. 19 in NY and LA. Elon Musk, Jason Bateman, Lula Head a Star-Studded Documentary on Energy Choice
September 15, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This Friday, a new movie debuts — billed “the movie that will change your attitude about fuel forever” — and specifically, about ending oil addiction

It’s PUMP — an eye-opener directed …

Renewable Fuel Standard Rules Give Boost to Biogas
August 11, 2014 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Bilek (Biomass Magazine)   There is little doubt that allowing biogas-based transportation fuel projects to sell either advanced biofuel or cellulosic compliance credits will give a big boost to U.S. projects.

In early July, the …

GTL Joint Venture
August 4, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Velocys plc)  Velocys plc (VLS.L), the technology innovator for smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL), is pleased to announce that it has entered a joint venture (JV) with Waste Management, NRG Energy (NRG), and Ventech Engineers International …

Jet Fuel or Liquid Natural Gas: Now Available from a Trash Bin near You, Parts I and II
July 22, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Biofuels Digest)  Anyone that has followed the evolution of processes that are used to make fuels out of waste recognizes that the permutations and combinations of processes that can be used has …

Optimus Technologies First to Receive EPA Approval on Advanced Biofuel Conversion Solution for Commercial Trucks
July 10, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Optimus Technologies/MarketWatch)  As an alternative to CNG, creates new opportunities for advanced biofuel providers.

Optimus Technologies today (July 8, 2014) announced two significant milestones that are changing the U.S. commercial truck industry. First, it is the …

National Grid: Electricity Prices Could Increase Twofold within 20 Years
July 10, 2014 – 8:47 am | No Comment

(Energy Market Price)  Electricity prices could double by 2035, while gas prices might increase by 43%, according to forecasts released by the National Grid on Thursday.

The research document entitled “Exploring the future of UK energy” …

BP June 2014 Statistical Review of World Energy: 53 Years of Oil Left
July 9, 2014 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) BP’s  63rd annual  Statistical Review of World Energy was recently released. Some key findings.

Oil Prices Stay Above $100/Barrel for Third Year

In the face of these disruptions and heightened risks …

Injection Wells Blamed in Oklahoma Earthquakes
July 7, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Eric Hand (Science Magazine)  So far in 2014, Oklahoma has seen more earthquakes than California—and seismologists are increasingly blaming them on the injection of wastewater from oil and gas operations. A study published online this …

Calysta Produces Lactic Acid in NatureWorks Partnership Ahead of Schedule
July 1, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest has heard from California that Calysta has successfully produced lactic acid – a key building block for industrial bioplastics – from methane at lab scale for NatureWorks.

NatureWorks is one …

Fracking Study Finds New Gas Wells Leak More
July 1, 2014 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press)  In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.

The results …

Intrexon Makes Farnesene from Methane: Hot Route to Low-Cost Jet Fuels and Diesels?
July 1, 2014 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Second Product of Intrexon’s Proprietary Bioconversion Platform Following Isobutanol  Who’s happy, who’s bumming — and how far along is the work, really? The Digest looks at Intrexon’s breakthrough.  Gas-to-Liquids approach …

Govt Urged to Promote Algae Bio-fuel Products
June 27, 2014 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Manish Raj (The Times Of India) Chemical Industries Association, an apex body representing a cross section of chemical industries based in Chennai, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider promoting algae bio-fuel products.

India imports …

Exporting U.S. Natural Gas Isn’t as “Clean” as You Think
June 10, 2014 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  One of the rallying cries in favor of liquefying and exporting U.S. natural gas has been to help reduce greenhouse gases in other countries, by crowding out coal in …

Obama Really Wishes He Could Put a Price on Carbon
June 9, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(Grist)  President Obama explained his thinking about climate change during a sit-down interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman; it will air Monday night during the final episode of Showtime’s climate series “Years of Living Dangerously.” …

Cheap, Abundant Shale Gas Won’t Significantly Cut U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
May 12, 2014 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Janet Pelley (Chemical and Engineering News)  Energy: New study looks at the contested effects of increased shale gas production on the release of greenhouse gases

The rapid expansion of shale gas production in the U.S. …

Global Warming Alert: Methane Levels Continue to Climb
May 8, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (Duke University)  … Recently, NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory released its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, “a measure of the warming influence of long-lived trace gases and how that influence is changing each year.” The data presented …

CIRES, NOAA Study Finds More Methane, Ozone Precursors and Benzene than Estimated by Regulators
May 8, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(CIRES)  During two days of intensive airborne measurements, oil and gas operations in Colorado’s Front Range leaked nearly three times as much methane, a greenhouse gas, as predicted based on inventory estimates, and seven times …

The Contradiction of Obama’s Climate Policy
May 7, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Dana Milbank (The Washington Post: Opinion)  On the eve of the Obama administration’s release Tuesday of a report warning about grave consequences of climate change, presidential counselor John Podesta went into the White House briefing …