"Americans remain divided along political and ideological on causes and solutions to climate change with self-identified liberal Democrats most likely to support measures to combat global warming, according to a new survey."
"President Barack Obama is ordering 20 federal agencies with national security-related missions to consider the impact of climate change in their planning, amid warnings from scientists that rising temperatures could destabilize regions across the globe."
"Oak Ridge National Laboratory has published a study on mid-level ethanol blends that has determined high-octane fuels (HOF), specifically ethanol blends of E25 to E40, could offer significant benefits to the U.S., including improved vehicle fuel efficiency in vehicles designed to use increased octane."
"Within 25 years, the United States could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits."
"Lignin is a natural component of plant cell walls, the scaffolding that surrounds each cell and plays a pivotal role in plants' ability to grow against gravity and reach heights ranging from stubbly grasses to the sky-scraping splendor of redwoods. But lignin is a problem for scientists interested in converting plant biomass to biofuels and other sustainable bio-based products. Lignin makes it hard to break down the plant matter so its carbon-rich building blocks can be converted into forms suitable for generating energy or running automobiles."
"Sass Somekh knows firsthand that biofuels is a market for masochists."
"Back in 2010 and 2011, the general partner of Musea Ventures was putting together the elements to launch White Dog Labs. The company had developed a process for making acetone, butanol and ethanol with an updated version of the Weizman process which helped the British win WWI. It lined up a deal with ADM and was seeking out the funds to build a 25 million gallon demo plant."
"These days, Cathay Pacific trades under the slogan “Life Well Travelled” and the delivery of the first of 48 super-modern, super-quiet, super-chic Airbus 350-900s is another milestone for that branding — but it might as well be “Life Sustainably Travelled” because the plane that arrived in Hong Kong last night on delivery from Toulouse flew on a 10% biofuels blend."
"The University of Illinois compared ethanol production methods with miscanthus, switchgrass and corn stover as feedstocks.
A recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover."