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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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A Billion Dollars Every Day for Foreign Oil??!! – I Want My Money Back

There are a lot of reasons why I’m not a big fan of America’s reliance on oil.  It’s definitely not the safest, healthiest, or cleanest way to power our cars, trucks, and other forms of transportation. Read More

Categories: Biofuel, Energy, Global Warming, Vehicles  

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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

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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

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