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April 20, 2007 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
A $500-million deal between UC Berkeley and oil giant BP to establish a joint energy laboratory has prompted growing protests by students and faculty who fear the arrangement will compromise the university's integrity. Some critics charge that the privately negotiated pact will turn the campus into "UCBP." And they question aspects of the deal that would give the oil company unusual influence at the campus, including exclusive control over some of the institute's expected findings.
April 17, 2007 | From Reuters
Oil company ConocoPhillips and meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. plan to work together to produce biodiesel from animal fat, the companies said. Beef, pork and chicken fat from Tyson rendering plants will be processed at ConocoPhillips refineries to create transportation fuel. ConocoPhillips, the third-largest U.S. oil company, said it planned to spend about $100 million over a 3- to 5-year period to prepare several refineries to process the fuel.
April 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Environmental Protection Agency, following a congressional mandate, finalized plans for new standards to boost the use of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. Refiners will be required to use at least 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel in gasoline by 2012, the EPA said. The rule, authorized in an energy law signed by President Bush in 2005, also requires that 4.02% of gasoline sold or dispensed to U.S. motorists in 2007 be renewable fuel, or about 4.7 billion gallons.
December 21, 2006
Re "Bush seeks more troops," Dec. 20 This is a ridiculous proposal made by a desperate president. More troops will only escalate the problem, not solve it. We are increasing the stress on our own soldiers and will spend more than $1 billion only to lose more lives in Iraq. It will only increase hatred for the U.S. We need to end this war and bring our troops home as soon as possible. We need to seek out and respond to the root causes of terrorism: poverty and inequity in the Middle East, misbehavior of multinational corporations, our ongoing and unnecessary war with Muslims and our sick dependence on foreign oil. Let us impose restrictions on multinationals, offer aid to Middle Eastern countries, increase communication and diplomacy and promote such alternative energy resources as ethanol and biodiesel fuel.
September 19, 2006 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
For the better part of his 64 years, Sebastian Luis de Sousa has scratched out a meager living in the paprika-red soil of central Brazil. So when offered a chance to grow castor beans to produce an alternative fuel called biodiesel, the rawboned father of nine reckoned he had nothing to lose. The $200 he earned this summer from his tiny harvest wasn't much. But rising demand for renewable fuels has De Sousa wanting to expand his 7 1/2 -acre farm.
May 12, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Chevron Corp. said Thursday that it would acquire a 22% stake in a Houston company that is building a plant to make diesel from vegetable oil. Galveston Bay Biodiesel's facility in Galveston, Texas, will produce up to 100 million gallons a year of biodiesel, a fuel that is made from components of soybean oil, San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron said. The plant will boost U.S. biodiesel output by 54%. Chevron's statement did not list the value of its Galveston Bay Biodiesel investment.
June 12, 2005 | Dana Calvo, Special to The Times
The corn grows tall for miles around this truck stop, 80 miles south of Dallas, but it's another crop, soybeans, that has engines revving in these parts. Since spring, when the town's founder (and truck stop owner) Carl Cornelius began selling an alternative fuel known as biodiesel, countless drivers have become self-proclaimed converts of the diesel-soybean mixture. They claim that it is cleaner-burning and more fuel-efficient and makes their tailpipes smell faintly of French fries.
May 17, 2005 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
President Bush praised biodiesel Monday as "one of our nation's most promising alternative fuel sources" as he stepped up pressure on the Senate to pass his energy bill, which he said would reverse America's dependence on foreign oil. But Bush conceded there was little he could do in the short term to drive down gasoline prices. "I wish I could just wave a magic wand and lower the price at the pump," he said in a speech. "That's not how it works.
October 31, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
It smelled like popcorn, stinky cheese or paint, depending on who was doing the sniffing. But to Kurt Buehler and a hundred others gathered at Naval Base Ventura County on Thursday, the vial of amber-colored fluid also was a whiff of the future. Buehler, a chemical engineer at the Port Hueneme base, presided over the dedication of a biodiesel refinery -- the first ever to be located at a U.S. military installation.
October 21, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
In a first for the U.S. military, engineers at Naval Base Ventura County plan to recycle used restaurant grease into biodiesel, monitor production costs and test how well the cleaner-burning fuel performs on diesel-powered trucks, generators and machinery. If successful, mini-refineries could begin popping up on Navy bases across the country to help the military meet tougher smog rules, said Kurt Buehler, project engineer at the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center in Port Hueneme.
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