American Biofuel Policy Increases Hardship on the Guatemalan Poor, and You Help Every Time You Buy Gasoline

Michael Giberson Next time you see one of those “This product may contain up to 10 percent ethanol” stickers on a gas pump, ask yourself why federal government biofuel policies are forcing you to help increase hunger and hardship among poor Guatemalans. Sure, politicians in their comfortable offices in Washington, DC, didn’t intend to help … More American Biofuel Policy Increases Hardship on the Guatemalan Poor, and You Help Every Time You Buy Gasoline

Ethanol Comments Supply Evidence That Al Gore Will Never Again Run for Office

Michael Giberson I suppose Al Gore is enjoying life and never expects to run for public office. ¬†Clear evidence of this fact? His recent comments on ethanol: “It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,” said Gore, speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored … More Ethanol Comments Supply Evidence That Al Gore Will Never Again Run for Office

Algal Oil for $2/gallon? Not Likely Any Time Soon.

Michael Giberson Robert Rapier at R-Squared Energy Blog looks into recent claims by DARPA to soon have oil from algae at a cost of $2/gallon. His bottom line: “I suspect that in a couple of years we will be doing the post-mortem on this one when we find that there is no $2 algal oil … More Algal Oil for $2/gallon? Not Likely Any Time Soon.

The Gold in the Oceans and the Gold in Algae Biofuels

Michael Giberson The gold in the oceans and the gold in algal biofuel have much in common. You can develop a production process in each case, but the capital and operating costs for producing each are far too high for them to be commercially viable. I don’t begrudge anyone trying in either case to improve … More The Gold in the Oceans and the Gold in Algae Biofuels

On Ethanol’s Subsidy and Related

Michael Giberson Robert Rapier explains a few ins and outs of ethanol.¬† For example, he observes that ethanol producers like to claim that it is the oil company which blends ethanol into gasoline that is subsidized, not the ethanol producer itself (since the blender gets a credit against federal taxes — in fact, I just … More On Ethanol’s Subsidy and Related

Biofuels: Where’s Our Bailout?

Lynne Kiesling Via Ron Bailey at Reason: the biofuels industry asks where their bailout is. I had to chuckle when Ron pointed out that the Renewable Fuels Association says that they, unlike other lobbying organizations, are offering ideas instead of just asking for a handout. OK, I did more than chuckle … Ron quotes a … More Biofuels: Where’s Our Bailout?