Jeremy Martin

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About the author: Jeremy Martin is a scientist with expertise in the technology, lifecycle accounting, and water use of biofuels. He is working on policies to help commercialize the next generation of clean biofuels (made from waste and biomass rather than food) that can cut U.S. oil dependence and curb global warming. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry with a minor in chemical engineering. See Jeremy's full bio.

Oregon, My Oregon : Leading the Way on Reducing Oil Use Through a Clean Fuels Program

Hats off to Oregon – the land of locally sourced chicken, a frightening number of ghost towns, and now – a model low carbon fuel program.

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Categories: Biofuel, Energy, Vehicles  

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Biofuels Policy Flexible Enough to Weather the 2012 U.S. Drought

The drought parching the Midwest is raising serious questions about our agriculture and energy policies. Stocks of corn in storage were already low, and the intense dryness and heat means this year’s crop will be much smaller than was expected even a few months back. The share of the corn crop going to make ethanol has been rising, and was 40 percent last year, heightening tensions over how this year’s suddenly diminished harvest will be divvied up  (the principal uses are ethanol, animal feed, and exports). Read More

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From Muppet Labs to Your Gas Tank: The Emerging Cellulosic Biofuel Industry

One of my role models, Dr. Bunson Honeydew, began each episode of the seminal series, Muppet Labs, by proclaiming, “Muppet Labs, where the future is being made today.”  Although society is still waiting for edible paperclips, electrical nose warmers, or magnetic carrots, the future is indeed being made today in the cellulosic biofuel industry. Read More

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Wrestling with Palm Oil: ALEC’s Slippery Argument Against EPA

Weekends are a great time to unwind from the stress of the work week and indulge in a little conspiracy theorizing. Last Saturday I sat down to read the New York Times and learned the latest details about the until-recently covert operations of the American Legislative Exchange Council. This is the conservative consortium of legislative ghostwriters made infamous for their role in drafting “Stand Your Ground” laws like the ones implicated in the Trayvon Martin case. Read More

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Mean and Green: The Navy’s Stand on Advanced Biofuels

“Then we needed steel for our vessels, but were getting all of the steel from the UK and Germany. So the US Navy created the US steel industry. Is the biofuel plan an aggressive goal? Yes, but small goals deliver small results.” — Thomas Hicks of the U.S. Navy as quoted in the Guardian, March 12, 2012 Read More

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A Swift Kick, or a Polite Tap on the Shoulder

Last week, Mathew Wald of the New York Times wrote an article about small fines that are being levied against the oil companies for failure to comply with Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates for cellulosic biofuels. Wald reasoned that it was odd or perhaps unreasonable for the EPA to fine oil companies for failure to buy cellulosic biofuels, given that none of it is available in the marketplace. Read More

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Keep Oil’s Dirty Fingerprints off California’s Clean Fuels Standard

The Keystone Pipeline is in the news again, as the oil industry and its allies in Congress take another shot at snaking dirty tar sands crude across the High Plains and deep into the heart of Texas.  The pipeline may end in Texas, but the oil industry’s greasy fingerprints have a way of getting all over everything, from DC budget battles to California Climate policy. Read More

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There’s a Corn Ethanol “Spill” Every Day

Last week an OpEd in the New York Times called attention to the agricultural activities damaging  the Ogallala aquifer, both depleting the aquifer by using water faster than it is replaced, and polluting it with fertilizer and pesticides.  Read More

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The National Academy Offers a Bracing Assessment of the Renewable Fuel Standard

Today is an inspection day for U.S. clean energy, as the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued an assessment on the progress we’ve made in supplanting fossil fuels with domestically produced biofuels. I was surprised, taken aback and impressed by the frankness of the report, which NAS prepared at the request of Congress. Read More

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The Fuels of Tomorrow Are Here Today (So Let’s Use Them)

Pop Quiz: How much did you spend on gas at your last fill up? Was it more than $4 a gallon? If your answer was “I don’t know,” you’re in good company. Gas prices are so volatile we’re lucky they don’t change between when we pull into the station and when we start pumping. Read More

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