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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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U.S. Subpoenas Icahn Over Biofuel Action While Trump Adviser
November 9, 2017 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Miles Weiss, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  U.S. Attorney for Southern District of N.Y. seeks information; Icahn Enterprises discloses request in securities filing  —  Federal investigators have issued subpoenas for information on Carl Icahn’s efforts …

Biofuel Case: $4.5M for Investors under Federal Settlement
June 12, 2017 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Amy (Fox Business/Associated Press)   A federal judge has approved a $4.5 million settlement for private shareholders of failed biofuel maker KiOR, and a lawsuit by the state of Mississippi seeking to recover a …

CFTC Says It Is Not Probing Icahn’s Activity in Biofuels Credits
June 6, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Gardner (Reuters)  The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission informed eight Democratic U.S. senators last month that it is not investigating biofuels credits after the lawmakers had urged it to probe billionaire Carl Icahn’s …

Senators Call on SEC, EPA, CFTC to Investigate Trump Advisor Carl Icahn for Possible Insider Trading, Market Manipulation in Renewable Fuel Credit Market
May 18, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren)  U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), called on the …

Blue Marble Biomaterials to Offer Equity Shares to the Public via Reg A+
November 30, 2016 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Montana, Blue Marble Biomaterials will become the first biomaterials company to utilize Regulation A+,  a type of equity crowdfunding regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and will offer …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse
November 25, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles …

SEC Charges Alternative Fuels Company and Former Executive for Key Omissions Regarding Technology
September 29, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)  On September 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Texas-based Mard, Inc., formerly known as KiOR, Inc., (“KiOR”), and its former CEO and President Fred Cannon for failing to …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 4, the Year of Living Disingenuously
September 19, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But so far, the company and its celebrity investors and directors such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and famed venture capitalist Vinod Khosla had escaped close scrutiny.

The methods …

Securities Fraud Related to Biodiesel Fraud Scheme Convicted in Jury Trial
August 17, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler for the Southern District of Indiana announced today the guilty verdict after an eight-day jury trial of Jeffrey Wilson of Evansville, Indiana, who was charged with …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 3, “You’ve Cooked the Books”
August 4, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The company was beginning to hurtle towards an IPO. But the fuel yields were low; the fuel was not usable by their initial chosen downstream partner; the catalyst they were …

Greens: Gas Developers Aren’t Telling Investors of Methane Leaks
January 17, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Natural gas developers are providing very restricted information about their methane emissions to investors, according to a report released Monday by a green group.
According to an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) analysis, …

What Corporate America Is Saying to Investors about Climate Risk
November 24, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Influence Map)  An analysis of SEC 10-K filings by the 20 leading US industrial companies …  — The findings in this report complement the existing CERES/CookESG Research SEC sustainability search tool, which covers climate change and water risks …

The Above Ground Oil Field: or, Why $65 and $94 Oil Are Inflection Points for Renewable Fuels
September 8, 2015 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Unlimited oil production, no exploration risk, positive on environment, cheaper than unconventional US crude — what’s not to like about certain biofuels?
This year, Joule Unlimited noted that a “10,000 acre …

Study Shows: Big Oil Is Chicken Little over Ethanol
April 6, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Koopmans (Des Moines Register) … For the last decade, Big Oil has been running nervously through the halls of the U.S. Capitol and the EPA, screaming — to anyone who will listen — that …

Investors Ask Oil Companies to Disclose Refineries’ Risks from Climate Change
March 2, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Siri Srinivas (The Guardian)  Shareholders ask the five largest US oil companies – Valero, Exxon Mobil, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66 and Chevron – to disclose the risks their operations and facilities face from rising sea …

Billionaire Vinod Khosla’s Big Dreams for Biofuels Fail to Catch Fire
November 30, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  Just over a year ago, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla was bubbling with optimism about one of his latest investments: KiOR, a biofuel outfit he said would turn wood …

Ex-Cofounder at KIOR Claims Technology not Working
October 10, 2014 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  A former cofounder of biofuel maker KiOR says he tried to warn other board members about problems with KiOR’s technology. The claims come from Mr. Paul O’Connor, who cofounded the company and worked …

More Trouble Brewing at KiOR
September 9, 2014 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Key figure and company director Paul O’Connor resigns. Allegations relating to possible inside trading, suppression of 3rd party technology report laid by the Board against O’Connor.
O’Connor makes allegations concerning “KiOR’s …

KiOR update: “We do not believe we can restart the Columbus facility on an economically viable basis at this time.”
May 14, 2014 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The following is excerpted from KiOR’s most recent 10-Q quarterly report, as filed with the SEC.
“We have substantial doubts about our ability to continue as a going concern. To continue as …

Improving Access to Capital Markets
August 29, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Joe Leo (Biodiesel Magazine/BrownWinick Law Firm)  Let’s be honest, despite the fact that the biodiesel industry is experiencing arguably its most successful year, it is still difficult for biodiesel producers to raise capital in …

Pomerantz Law Firm Has Filed a Class Action Against Kior, Inc. and Certain Officers — KIOR
August 20, 2013 – 9:00 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/ Pomerantz Grossman Hufford Dahlstrom & Gross)    Pomerantz Grossman Hufford Dahlstrom & Gross LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Kior, Inc. (“Kior” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: KIOR) and certain of its officers.  The class action, …

Breaking News: General Solicitation Ban Lifted on Investment Offerings
July 10, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  Renaissance in biobased capital raising expected; register your interest in raising capital or seeing deal flow.
In Washington, SEC Commissioners have voted 4-1 to lift the ban on general solicitation, and to …

Coskata’s $100 million IPO: The 10-Minute Version
December 27, 2011 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first gas fermentation technology to come to the public markets: Coskata files its $100 million IPO.  Here’s our 10-minute version of the filing, with a translation of the risks …

PetroAlgae’s IPO: The 10-Minute Version
December 7, 2011 – 8:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can PetroAlgae find a market for its feed among the aficionados of alfalfa and fishmeal, with fuels on the side?  In its recent IPO revision, it says “sure can”.
… PetroAlgae …

SEC Wins Judgment against Rivera
July 25, 2011 – 9:32 am | No Comment

by Kevin Cooper (Natchez Democrat)  A federal judge ruled Thursday that would-be biofuels wizard John Rivera’s claims were not worth the hill of beans he claimed could be magically turned into fuel.
U.S. District Judge David …