Energy

How Will the U.S. Produce 36 Billion Gallons of Biofuel by 2022?
February 5, 2008 09:18 AM - Raya Widenoja, Worldwatch Institute

The new U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), signed into law last month as part of the revised Energy Bill, sets high goals for the U.S. biofuels industry. It calls for the production of 36 billion gallons of biofuels—mainly ethanol and biodiesel—annually by 2022, with 21 billion gallons coming from so-called “advanced biofuels,” which can be produced using a variety of new feedstocks and technologies. Of this, roughly 16 billion gallons is expected to be from “cellulosic biofuels,” derived from plant sources such as trees and grasses.

China asks for more leeway on greenhouse gas
February 4, 2008 11:29 PM - Reuters

CANBERRA (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it should be given more leeway over its rising greenhouse gas emissions as it was a world manufacturer and exporter, benefiting people at home and internationally. "China is a manufacturing country. China produces lots of goods which are not only used in China, but all over the world," Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told reporters in Australia.

Bush budget doesn't alter ethanol import tariff
February 4, 2008 11:03 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration did not propose any changes to the expiring U.S. ethanol import tariff in its new 2009 government budget that was sent to Congress on Monday, an Energy Department spokeswoman said. The spokesperson said while the 54-cent-a-gallon tariff is set to expire at the end of December during the 2009 budget year, which begins this October 1, the administration will have discussions with lawmakers later this year on what should be done with the tariff.

How to Cut Your Heating Costs
February 4, 2008 09:46 AM - ,

Those of you in Australia and other southerly regions may be spending your weekends sunbathing at the beach, but for most of us in the Northern hemisphere, we've still got months of scarves, earmuffs, and snow shoveling to look forward to. The only way to escape the winter chill is to cozy up in your nice, heated house – but once you get the bill for all that hot air, you start thinking hypothermia doesn't sound so bad, after all.

The Lawn Mower of My Dreams
February 4, 2008 09:37 AM - , Private Landowner Network

I’m in love. With a lawn mower. I’ve never seen her in person, as it were. I’ve never taken her for a stroll around my yard. I’ve only seen her in pictures and I’ve reviewed her, ah, “specifications.” That’s enough. I know she’s perfect for me. The lawn mower in question is Remington Power Tools new cordless PowerMower (tm). It has all the features necessary, for most of us, to replace our dirty and heavily-polluting gasoline-powered mower.

Something Had to Give: How Oil Burst the American Bubble
February 3, 2008 10:06 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

The economic bubble that lifted the stock market to dizzying heights was sustained as much by cheap oil as by cheap (often fraudulent) mortgages. Likewise, the collapse of the bubble was caused as much by costly (often imported) oil as by record defaults on those improvident mortgages. Oil, in fact, has played a critical, if little commented upon, role in America's current economic enfeeblement - and it will continue to drain the economy of wealth and vigor for years to come.

Rounding up gases, nano-style
February 3, 2008 10:01 AM - University of Calgary

Chemists unveil new process for capturing and storing gas; potential spin-offs include improvements to greenhouse gas management and fuel cell development. A new process for catching gas from the environment and holding it indefinitely in molecular-sized containers has been developed by a team of University of Calgary researchers, who say it represents a novel method of gas storage that could yield benefits for capturing, storing and transporting gases more safely and efficiently.

Qatar eyes solar power to meet surging demand: report
February 2, 2008 04:11 AM - Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar is considering building one of the world's largest solar power complexes to help meet demand, which could increase four-fold over the next 30 years, the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) reported. Gulf Arab states have about 30 percent of the world's oil reserves and 8 percent of its gas, but an economic boom spurred by record crude prices is driving demand for power and water so rapidly that many are considering turning to alternative energies including nuclear.

Canada panel suggests $2 bln carbon capture plan
February 1, 2008 09:01 PM - Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian governments should spend C$2 billion ($2 billion) to encourage the capture and storage of carbon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a government-commissioned panel recommends. The panel report, released late on Thursday, flags carbon capture as a way of curbing emissions while continuing to make economic progress, but the panel said it needs government help to get the idea off the ground.

Chinese Factory Turns Environmental Bane into Boon
February 1, 2008 08:27 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

China is beginning to take advantage of an unusual energy source: cow gas. Cows emit a significant amount of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, when they belch and flatulate. According to People’s Daily, the world’s largest cow-dung methane power plant started operation on January 21 in China’s Inner Mongolia region. With an investment of 45 million RMB (roughly $US5.7 million) from the country’s largest milk producer, Mengniu Dairy, the plant is able to supply 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity to the national power grid.

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