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  • BoatUS cautions boaters not to use E15 ethanol fuel in their marine motors
    BoatUS cautions boaters not to use E15 ethanol gasoline in their marine motors
    With the boating season soon to begin, be it for fishing or cruising, BoatUS, the organization for recreational boaters, are telling motorboat owners to be cautious on filling their boat gas tanks with E15 biofuel (fuel containing up to 15 percent...
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    A CORN-acopia of Energy Options Coming
    Recently I sat down with Tom Lilja, executive director, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, to chew the fat on a variety of corn-themed energy and agriculture topics.The first topic of discussion was distribution. The part of a business model...
  • EPA dragging its feet on Renewable Fuel Standards for ethanol
    EPA dragging its feet on Renewable Fuel Standards for ethanol
    If you’re a boat owner and are concerned about the government’s insistence on increasing the amount of ethanol in gasoline which can be harmful to marine, small engines and car engines, the efforts of many automotive companies, small...
  • Genetic study proves earliest of human ancestors may have drank alcohol
    Genetic study proves earliest of human ancestors may have drank alcohol
    A genetic mutation that allows humans to consume and metabolize ethyl alcohol (drinking alcohol) existed in primates as early as 10 million years ago. The genetic evidence is the existence of an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase. The discovery...
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2014
    Ethanol fuels Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2014
    The half-million or so motorcyclists attending the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August will have the chance to test high-octane, low-cost ethanol.The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has partnered with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip...
  • Local production for local use is the ‘biofuel’ model that works in Vermont
    Local production for local use is the ‘biofuel’ model that works in Vermont
    A report published this week in Nature Climate Change indicated that ethanol made from corn residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, indicating the harvested leftovers from corn are “worse than gasoline for global warming,...
  • Stanford scientists Matthew Kanan and Christina Li have created an oxide-derived copper catalyst that converts carbon monoxide to ethanol.
    Ethanol from CO2 with no corn is possible
    Matthew Kanan, an assistant professor of chemistry at Stanford University, and Stanford graduate student Christina Li announced their discovery of a catalyst that can convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into ethanol according to their report in the...
  • Florida man uses marijuana as alternative fuel promoting 'marithanol'
    Florida man uses marijuana as alternative fuel promoting 'marithanol'
    With marijuana legalization pending on this year's Florida ballot, many Floridians are rejoicing in the fact that a plant once illegal is about to become legal for medicinal, recreational, and commercial purposes. While many are looking at...
  • Ethanol not so green for the planet after all
    Ethanol not so green for the planet after all
    Since the 2007 U.S. mandate that gasoline have added percentages of ethanol, 700,000 acres of conservation land has been lost in Kansas and over 500,000 acres were added to growing corn according to data collected by the Associated Press. In the...
  • Kenny Wallace, driver of the #81 American Ethanol Toyota, races during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series enjoyillinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2013, in Joliet, Illinois.
    MIT economist finds ethanol did not reduce the cost of gas
    Christopher Knittel, William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy and a professor of applied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, and economist Aaron Smith of the University of California at Davis...
  • Flex Fuel
    Determine the value of using Flex Fuel
    It is increasingly common to see the badge on a vehicle identifying it as a Flex-Fuel vehicle. It depends upon individual perspective to decide if gasoline or Flex Fuel is the best selection. Both sellers and buyers want to get more from...
  • How bailouts cost jobs
    How bailouts cost jobs
    As much as 70% or 80% of productivity growth in the United States is hurt by bailouts and subsidies, according to scholarly research published April, 2013 on Innovation, Reallocation And Growth. See the slideshow for recent legendary government...
  • API losed bid to ban ethanol gas blends
    API loses bid to band ethanol gas blends
    While newer gas blends containing 15% ethanol may be cheaper and cleaner, the oil industry has been trying to block its sale, stating that (among other things) it could hurt older automobiles and motorcycles and could “leave millions of...
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    SCOTUS may rule on the use of E-15 Ethanol
    The Supreme Court may agree to hear the case against the use of E-15 ethanol in the near future. Proponents say that consumers pay less for ethanol and that the gas mileage variance is insignificant. (3 to 4%) Opponents say it can harm cars built...
  • Burning food for fuel: Ethanol subsidies are backfiring
    Burning food for fuel: Ethanol subsidies are backfiring
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering upping the ethanol requirement in gasoline this summer— a move that threatens to ignite a new fuel war.“The dialogue should be to repeal the renewable targets...
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