When developed from the right sources, biofuels provide a clean-burning alternative to oil. Our experts explore the complexities of biofuels and their role in the future of fuel.

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The Road to High Octane Fuels

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

The biofuels world is abuzz with talk of high octane fuel.  Ethanol trade groups weighed in recently with regulators on the role of higher octane fuel in meeting fuel economy targets.  Their interest in gasoline and fuel economy might seem odd, except that their plan is to deliver higher octane gasoline by increasing the amount of ethanol blended into it. Read more >

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Biodiesel (Charts and Graphs Included!)

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

Most discussions about biofuels center on ethanol, but biodiesel—a diesel-substitute made from vegetable oils and animal fats—is increasingly important as well. But where does biodiesel come from, and what does it mean for the climate? Like most important things, the answers aren’t black or white—but they’re critical to get right. Read more >

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Hitting US Climate Targets: Will Electric Trucks Deliver the Goods?

Lewis Fulton and Marshall Miller, , UCS

It was exciting to be part of the discussion in Paris this past December when countries came together to make a renewed commitment to limit climate warming to two degrees or less, with each country committing to what it felt it can deliver. The United States, for its part, has committed to cutting CO2 by 26-28% by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels).

This should be achievable, but there’s one sector in the U.S. that is increasing its CO2 emissions at a rapid pace—trucking. Read more >

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Photo: Richard Masoner

7 Facts You Should Know About Gasoline, from our Brand New Report…

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

What’s behind the gas pump—and how does it affect the climate? We found out. Read more >

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Half the Oil by 2030: New Report Shows West Coast Pathway

, director, California & Western States

We have a roadmap to a better way—we should follow it. Our new report demonstrates how Washington, Oregon, and California could cut their petroleum use in half by 2030. Read more >

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