Greg Stiles of Southern Oregon's News Source "Mail Tribune", talks with SeQuential founder, Tyson Keever, of on Oregon's roll in biodiesel production.
Fact Sheet : Gas Prices and Oil Consumption Would Increase Without Biofuels
The time has come for Congress to rethink ethanol, an alternative fuel that has lately fallen from favor. Specifically, it is time to end an outdated tax break for corn ethanol and to call a timeout in the fivefold increase in ethanol production mandated in the 2007 energy bill.
Ethanol is taking a tumble. Once hyped as a magic brew for reducing both oil addiction and global warming, alcohol made from corn kernels is now being accused both of triggering a global food crisis and doing more ecological harm than good.
Fads come fast and furious in our viral age, and the reactions to them can be equally ferocious. That’s what we’re seeing right now with biofuels, which everyone loved until everyone decided they were the worst thing since the Black Death.
LAWTON, N.D. — Whatever Dennis Miller decides to plant this year on his 2,760-acre farm, the world needs. Wheat prices have doubled in the last six months. Corn is on a tear. Barley, sunflower seeds, canola and soybeans are all up sharply.
Tom Jones got a few odd stares from fellow motorists the other day in Honolulu while test-driving a Volkswagen beetle with the slogan "100 Percent Recycled Vegetable Oil" stamped all over it. By the time the 50-year-old restaurant owner ended his spin in the avocado-green bug, he had made up his mind. "I want to sell my car and buy a biodiesel vehicle," said Jones, who can't wait to replace his gas-guzzling Highlander SUV with a car powered by the same oil he uses to deep fry fish.
Colorado experts on Monday debunked a new study that says alternative fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel burn more energy than they produce.The study, by researchers at Cornell University and the University of California-Berkeley, said 29 percent more fossil energy, such as oil or natural gas, is required to turn corn into ethanol than the amount of energy the process produces.