President Clinton to Speak at Ethanol Summit in Brazil

Joanna Schroeder

Lay down the red carpet. Former President Bill Clinton will be a headliner at this year’s Ethanol Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 1-3, 2009. The conference is hosted by UNICA,vthe Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), and is touted as one of the most important gatherings focused on biofuels in the world. After eight years in the white house, President …

biofuels, conferences, politics

Agencies Work Together for Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

Three government agencies have been given a presidential directive to aggressively accelerate the investment in and production of biofuels. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, together with the Environmental Protection Agency will make up the the new Biofuels Interagency Working Group. “The president has directed us to create a comprehensive biofuel marketing development program to focus on the infrastructure …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Energy, Ethanol, Government

White House Announces Interagency Biofuels Group

Cindy Zimmerman

The White House will form a working group to be chaired by the heads of three government agencies to speed the sustainable development of biofuels. The action was announced during a press conference this morning with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who will head the new Biofuels Interagency Working Group. They pledged …

biofuels, Energy, Government

Criticisms of Sperling’s Role in the LCFS Heating Up

Joanna Schroeder

Two weeks ago I reviewed, “Two Billion Cars” by Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon. I focused on several aspects but I did not tie together this important point: Daniel Sperling vehemently dislikes corn ethanol and he is the lead researcher for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that just passed the Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS). The LCFS was a …

biofuels, Hydrogen, Opinion

African Nations Join Global Renewable Fuels Group

Cindy Zimmerman

Fourteen southern African nations are now members of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance. The Southern African Biofuels Alliance has joined forces alliance to help “promote biofuels friendly policies throughout the world.” Andrew Makenete, President of the Southern African Biofuels Association (SABA) called on other nations to speak out in favour of policies that would promote investment in biofuels particularly in …

biofuels, Ethanol, International, RFA