August 29, 2007 |
A Southern California start-up company will receive $8 million in low-cost funding for a biodiesel plant at the Port of Stockton, the state treasurer's office said Tuesday. The plant, under construction since April, is being built by American Biodiesel Inc., an Encinitas-based company that does business as Community Fuels. Biodiesel from the plant would be sold to several wholesale distributors, including some that have retail fueling outlets in Northern California.
July 7, 2007
Re "State air board official resigns," July 3 Catherine Witherspoon, executive director of the California Air Resources Board, describes public comments by members of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's staff as "Orwellian ... a triumph of appearances over reality." This is not science fiction. Note the governor's penchant for producing his own supply of greenhouse gases. He is fond of his Hummers, private aircraft, multiple residences and the strong financial support of automobile dealerships.
June 27, 2007 |
New research centers in California, Tennessee and Wisconsin will try to develop new ways of turning switch grass, poplar trees and other plants into fuel under a $375-million plan announced Tuesday by the Energy Department. The three centers will team up with universities, national laboratories and private companies. Each will receive $125 million to research new biofuel technologies over five years. The centers will be located near Berkeley, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and in Madison, Wis.
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April 20, 2007 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
July 15, 2006 |
For alternative fuel, soybeans beat corn, but neither can do much to satisfy the fuel needs of the U.S., according to a study published Tuesday. The report is the first to examine comprehensively the life cycles of soybean-oil biodiesel and corn-grain ethanol and to determine their costs and benefits.