Category Archives: Biofuels

Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass. The term covers solid biomass, liquid fuels and various biogases. Biofuels are gaining increased public and scientific attention, driven by factors such as oil price spikes, the need for increased energy security, and concern over greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.

Bioethanol is an alcohol made by fermenting the sugar components of plant materials and it is made mostly from sugar and starch crops. With advanced technology being developed, cellulosic biomass, such as trees and grasses, are also used as feedstocks for ethanol production. Ethanol can be used as a fuel for vehicles in its pure form, but it is usually used as a gasoline additive to increase octane and improve vehicle emissions. Bioethanol is widely used in the USA and in Brazil.

Biodiesel is made from vegetable oils, animal fats or recycled greases. Biodiesel can be used as a fuel for vehicles in its pure form, but it is usually used as a diesel additive to reduce levels of particulates, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons from diesel-powered vehicles. Biodiesel is produced from oils or fats using transesterification and is the most common biofuel in Europe.

Biofuels provided 1.8% of the world’s transport fuel in[update] 2008. Investment into biofuels production capacity exceeded $4 billion worldwide in 2007 and is growing.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Russia Gets Hip to Hemp

Russia Gets Hip to Hemp Drug agency’s bid for cannabis superpower Drug and agriculture officials have called for the revival of mass cannabis cultivation in Russia. They say the project has a plethora of benefits, from bringing cash into state … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011

Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011 The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011 – Identify industrial hemp by: Marty Paule (NaturalNews) Despite the proliferation of hemp products entering the green marketplace these days, there is still confusion among some consumers … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Hemp as Biofuel Safe Energy

Hemp as Biofuel Safe Energy Is There Any Safe Energy? Japan stands on the brink of nuclear catastrophe a year after the West Virginia mine explosion and the gulf oil spill. But what are the alternatives? by Kim Kyung-Hoon NUCLEAR … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Gasoline Summit Biofuels

Gasoline Summit Biofuels ‘Gasoline Summit’ Solves Nothing as Biofuel Chaos Continues German politicians met Tuesday in a hastily arranged ‘Gasoline Summit’ to discuss public distrust over the introduction of higher concentrations of biofuels. Politicians pledged to better inform the public … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog World Hunger Biofuels Commodity Speculation

World Hunger Food, food, everywhere and not enough to eat by ANDREW SIA And yet, there isn’t enough for everyone to eat. FOOD prices around the world have already risen this year to within touching distance of the 2008 food … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Bill Clinton Fronts for Oil Industry on Biofuels

Bill Clinton Fronts for Oil Industry on Biofuels Arlington, Va. — Former President Bill Clinton warned that increasing biofuel production could hurt the world’s poor and fuel political instability around the globe. “We have to become energy independent. We don’t … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog BP UC Berkeley

BP UC Berkeley BP Deal at UC Berkeley: Corporate Research, Profits and Global Warming On February 1, Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, announced an agreement between BP (formerly British Petroleum) and the University of California at … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Welcome to Hoarding

Welcome to Hoarding A new food crisis is on our plates The world has entered a new food crisis. Prices have surged, contributing to unrest in the Arab world. The president of the World Bank, the former US deputy secretary … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Hemp Biofuel

Hemp Biofuel Why is hemp off the biofuel menu? With recent reports downplaying the possibility of biofuels as a solution to climate change, Giulio Sica wonders why there has been no mention of hemp as an alternative crop The Royal … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Biofuels World Food Crisis

Biofuels World Food Crisis Guest view: How biofuels provoke world’s food crisis By Tim Searchinger Searchinger is a research scholar at Princeton University and a fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Each year, the world demands … Continue reading

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