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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-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.
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Drills and Pipelines May Pollute Our Climate but Words Will Break or Make Us
May 3, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Carbon is the backbone of the fossil-based economy and feedstock to a bio-based economy. However, how exactly this carbon is handled continues to divide people regarding what the development …

The New World Has Arrived: 16th International Conference Datagro Sugar and Ethanol Promotes the Innovations of the Sector
October 24, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Laís Forti Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 17-18, 2016, Datagro held its 16th International Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Once again, this event reunited many great specialists of the sector. Innovations and public policies …

With More People Hitting the Road, It’s Time for a Carbon Tax
September 12, 2016 – 9:25 am | No Comment

(The Washington Post)  … Even with current conditions factored in, government experts project that fuel-efficiency standards will put much more downward pressure on gasoline use in coming years, helping to bring consumption well below historical highs …

China, US Set to Release Review of Each Other’s Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Historic Move at G20 Summit
September 5, 2016 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Li Jing (South China Morning Post)  The cross-checking system between world’s two worst carbon polluters will be the first time Beijing has allowed another nation to review its domestic energy subsidies  —  … he peer-review …

Blog: Competing with Sub $50 Oil – a Strategy for Biofuels
September 3, 2016 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Irshad Ahmed  (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels International)  If bioenergy represents a sustainable energy future for the planet, then why must it compete with oil prices to be deemed a feasible energy alternative for the society?
The answer …

Court Backs Obama’s Climate Change Accounting
August 15, 2016 – 9:14 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cana (The Hill)  A federal appeals court is upholding the Obama administration’s accounting of the costs of greenhouse gas emissions as applied to a Department of Energy (DOE) regulation.
In a unanimous decision late …

12th F.O. Lichts Sugar & Ethanol Brazil 2016: New Horizons for the Ethanol Industry in Brazil
May 6, 2016 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) From 25 to 27 April 2016, renowned experts, entrepreneurs and government officials were reunited at the “12 th Sugar & Ethanol Brazil,” conference organized by F.O. Lichts. In …

Europe Continues to Get Biodiesel Wrong
May 6, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A provocative opinion piece on Europe’s reliance on unsound indirect land use change theory  —  It is clear there is a politicized agenda in Europe to undermine sustainable, liquid biofuels …

An Open Letter to the New US House of Representatives Free Market Green Coalition – Without a Price on Pollution, There are No Market-Based Solutions to Clean Up the Environment
March 16, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  We welcome US Representatives Adam Kinzinger, Barbara Comstock, Joe Heck, Chris Gibson, Ryan Costello, Kevin Yoder, Richard Hanna, Dave Reichert, Elise Stefanik, Carlos Curbelo, Tom Reed and Bob Dold …

Pushmi-Pullyu: How Do Carbon Prices and Fuel Mandates Work Together in Breaking through a Fossil Fuel Monopoly? Or, Do They?
January 12, 2016 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, the set-up of the transition from fossil fuels is as pretty and impractical as Dr. Doolittle’s Pushmi-Pullyu. The Digest investigates.  —  … For example, a renewable fuel does not qualify …

Elon Musk Calls for Carbon Price to Halve the Transition Time to Clean Energy
December 4, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Lenore Taylor (The Guardian)  Businessman and innovator says a scheme similar to the one Australia abandoned would make a huge difference in tackling climate change  —  Addressing students at the Sorbonne University on the …

Everyone’s Favorite Climate Change Fix
October 29, 2015 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Cristina Maza (The Christian Science Monitor)   Economists, officials, and executives across the globe increasingly support carbon pricing to stem the rise of greenhouse-gas emissions. Can it work?  —  … “Pricing carbon obviously adds a cost to …

Oil CEOs Differ on Carbon Strategy, Highlighting Industry Divide
October 14, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Sarah Kent And Amy Harder  (Morningstar)  The chief executives of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and ExxonMobil Corp. laid out contrasting visions this week for reducing fossil-fuel emissions, illustrating a divide between American and European …

David Attenborough Backs Huge Apollo-Style Clean Energy Research Plan
September 16, 2015 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  Naturalist says 10-year public research and development programme, that would emulate race to put men on the moon, could halt climate change — … In a letter to the Guardian, the …

IMF Says Energy Subsidized by $5.3 Trillion Worldwide
June 8, 2015 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Anna Yukhananov (Reuters)  Governments around the world charge prices for energy that do not account for its harmful environmental, health and other side effects, amounting to a $5.3 trillion “post-tax” subsidy this year, the International …

Fossil Fuels Subsidised by $10m a Minute, Says IMF
May 19, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington  (The Guardian)  ‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments — Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) …

Capturing the Full and Unrealized Value of Biofuels — Market Mechanisms are Needed
May 5, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Ghasideh Pourhashem (Forbes)  During the past decade, production of biofuels has gained momentum largely due to policies and mandates aimed at addressing energy security and climate change. … But if the right kinds of policies are …

Why Taxes Are Not an Option in Addressing International Civil Aviation’s Carbon Footprint
March 27, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  While the aviation sector continues to implement new technological and operational measures to mitigate its carbon footprint, including the development of sustainable alternative fuels, these initiatives by themselves will not be sufficient to offset …

With “True Cost” Of Emissions Factored In, Gasoline Would Cost $3.80/Gallon MORE Than The Pump Price
March 10, 2015 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by James Ayre (CleanTechnica)  If the “true costs” of emissions — increased rates of premature death, illness, increased loads on the healthcare system, lowered crop yields, missed work days, higher insurance damages from extreme weather …

Is Cellulosic Ethanol the Next Big Thing in Renewable Fuels?
January 6, 2015 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Sena Christian (   For a long time it seemed like turning the inedible parts of plants into a commercially viable biofuel, known as cellulosic ethanol, was nothing more than a pipedream. The enzymes needed …

Oil’s Swoon Creates the Opening for a Carbon Tax
January 5, 2015 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Lawrence Summers (The Washington Post)  The case for carbon taxes has long been compelling. With the recent steep fall in oil prices and associated declines in other energy prices, it has become overwhelming. There is …

Three Ways Renewables Could Benefit From Low Oil Prices
December 19, 2014 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Jeff McMahon (Forbes)  … International Energy Agency director Maria van der Hoeven and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz appeared together Thursday at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington DC, where van der Hoeven presented the …

Carbon Fee Bill Would Benefit Algae Industry
November 21, 2014 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate includes a provision that would encourage carbon utilization technology. The Algae Biomass Organization has spoken out to applaud the bill, which calls for …

The Next Revolution: Discarding Dangerous Fossil Fuel Accounting Practices
October 29, 2014 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Alex Nicolson   (Renewable Energy World)  … Economists recognize the existence of these costs and call them “externalities.” Other than this recognition, externalities are still not assigned to their correct sources.
As just one example, consider …

Four Freedoms for the 21st Century
October 24, 2014 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Over the past year we have seen some remarkable developments in the sector, starting right here in Alberta with the completion and opening of the Enerkem advanced biofuels plant …

Why Business Leaders Support a Price on Carbon
August 11, 2014 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(The World Bank)  The companies we turn to every day for electricity, transportation, consumer goods, and even electronics face risks from climate change. Most need reliable water for production processes and products. Extreme weather and …

Renewable Energy Subsidies Are the Most Transparent and Visible
May 7, 2014 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Zoe Casey (Renewable Energy World) From direct government support to tax breaks and the cost of negative externalities like pollution, subsidies to the power sector take many different — and often hidden — forms. In fact, the …

IMF Rejects Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Calls for Reform
April 26, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

By Paul Brown (Climate News Network/  Fossil fuel subsidies provided by both rich and poor countries to keep their citizens happy are holding back the world economy, accelerating climate change and damaging the health of …

The Hydrogen Problem
April 2, 2013 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A numbers of readers responding to “Biofuels from a raging fireball” (Friday’s Top Story, on research work with the raging fireball, Pyrococchus furiosus, to make biofuels and renewable chemicals from …

IMF: Governments Need to End Energy Subsidies
March 28, 2013 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Howard Schneider (The Washington Post)  Government subsidies of gasoline, electricity and other energy sources amount to about $1.9 trillion a year and should be ended or offset with taxes used to battle climate change and pay …

IMF: Want to Fight Climate Change? Get Rid of $1.9 Trillion in Energy Subsidies.
March 28, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Brad Plumer (The Washington Post)  What’s the simplest way to tackle global warming? Make sure that fossil fuels are priced properly and not subsidized.
That’s the core idea behind a large new report (pdf) from the International Monetary …

Nobel Prize-Winning US Economists Urge Obama to Support Carbon Pricing in Global Negotiations on Aviation Emissions
March 27, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  A group of 32 leading US economists, including eight Nobel Prize winners, have written an open letter to President Obama urging him to advance proposals at ICAO for a global market-based measure that would …