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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.

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

Categories: Fossil Fuels, Global Warming  

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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

Categories: Biofuel, Energy  

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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

Categories: Biofuel  

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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

Categories: Biofuel  

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The Billion Gallon Challenge – Getting Advanced Biofuels Back on Track

Most of my work at the Union of Concerned Scientists centers on meeting the Billion Gallon Challenge. Getting cellulosic biofuels up to commercial scale is the key next step on the road to biofuels that deliver the oil savings and climate change benefits that have long been promised. Read More

Categories: Biofuel  

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Keep on the Sunny Side

The Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently released an important update to their assessment on biomass availability. The “Billion Ton Update” catalogs the current and future availability of biomass to use for fuel or energy. Read More

Categories: Biofuel  

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