biofuels


Wind turbines gaze at a natural gas extraction plant. Photo: Craig Murphy

Earth to API—It’s 2016 (not 1916) and “Energy Voters” Want Renewables

, senior fuels engineer

Recent commercials funded by the American Petroleum Institute suggest expanded fossil fuel development will benefit “our children and our grandchildren”—an untruth that won’t work forever. Read more >

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Three Innovative Ways to Power Clean Transportation with Wastes

, senior fuels engineer

What some may see as waste may actually be a low-carbon fuel source. Read more >

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Let’s Talk Trash: What the EPA’s Methane Rules Lack on Landfills

, senior fuels engineer

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas—34 times more potent than carbon dioxide. In our battle against climate change, we need to limit methane’s release into the atmosphere, which is exactly what the EPA’s methane rules, released earlier this week, attempt to do. But as documented in our recently released fact sheet, we can do more with methane than just limit its release. In fact, in the case of landfills, we can actually optimize methane production and capture it as a low-carbon biofuel. I’ll have much more to say about reducing climate emissions from the oil and gas sector over the next several months—stay tuned—but for now, let’s talk trash. Read more >

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5 Things I Learned in Iowa about Biofuels

, , senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

In July my colleagues and I, together with the Great Plains Institute, organized a Cellulosic Summit in Iowa. We brought together experts in clean transportation (many from California) with experts in sustainable agriculture (many from Iowa) to see for themselves the latest developments in cellulosic biofuel commercialization.  Read more >

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The Opportunity for Agricultural Residues and Manure to Fuel a Sustainable Future

, , lead policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

Not all ethanol is created equal. The benefits, or consequences, of this ubiquitous ‘home-grown’ fuel that is blended in nearly every gallon of gasoline sold across the country vary depending on how it is produced and what it is produced from. As my colleague and uber biofuels-wonk Dr. Jeremy Martin has explained, ethanol produced from food, like corn or soybean, does little to reduce the carbon intensity of our transportation fuel and, in some cases, can actually be responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis compared to gasoline. Read more >

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