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Fuels America To Obama: 'It's Not Too Late To Fix This'

November's coming up, so that must mean some election-season lobbying is on the way. One of the subjects being debated in the US right now is the how much renewable fuel must be included in the US gas supply. And advocates are already taking to the digital airwaves to make their point.

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As is its job, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) continues to bang the drum of what it says is a stacked deck against alternative fuels like ethanol. Earlier this month it took on Big Oil. Now, it's the US Department of Energy (DOE). Go big or go home, huh?

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Ethanol advocates are continuing to throw down the gauntlet with Big Oil. Jabs have been thrown through satire and blogging – now the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is throwing a hook by going after ConocoPhillips, one of Big Oil's top five conglomerates.

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What's this? A yoga woman in seated pose praising oil companies and the billions in profits and huge government subsidies they get saying, with a radiant smile, "That's awesome!"

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When the World Rally Championship rolled into Finland at the end of July for the 2011 Neste Oil Rally Finland, some 29 of the 124 vehicles entered in the tail-out, gravel-throwing event were fueled by Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable diesel. Running solely on Neste Green 100 diesel, Neste says the vehicles' greenhouse gas emissions were cut in half during the three-day event. Jarmo Mahonen, managing director of AKK Sports Oy, said:

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Fueling your vehicle with sawdust is absurd. However, pumping your tank full of fuel made from sawdust, now that's a far-fetched idea that could eventually become a reality.

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Solazyme, a renewable algae-based fuels company, has priced its initial public offering (IPO) of 10.975 million shares of common stock at $18 per share, above the earlier estimated range of $15 to $17.

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Beginning in April, Swedish oil giant Preem will offer diesel blends containing 15 percent renewable diesel (B15) and 5 percent biodiesel (B5) at 366 fueling stations throughout Sweden. The B15 blend, which Preem fittingly calls Evolution Diesel, is claimed to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 16 percent compared to conventional ultra-low-sulfur diesel.

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Brazilian energy giant Petrobas expects demand for biofuels will rapidly rise within the next decade and intends to spend $3.5 billion over the next four years to more than double its biofuel output. During a recent interview, Miguel Rossetto, chief executive of energy giant's biofuels unit, Petrobras Biocombustivel, stated:

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Back in September, the government of Canada announced regulations that will require an average renewable fuel content of five percent in gasoline and two percent in diesel fuel and heating oil. Implementation of the renewable fuel content for gasoline went into effect on December 15th, 2010, but the two percent requirement for diesel fuel and heating oil was not to be enforced until the government conducted feasibility studies. Well, testing is now complete and Canada's government is ready to mo

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BioJet International Ltd. has received a whopping $1.2 billion of financial backing from Equity Partners Fund SPC. The massive amount of capital will allow BioJet, an international supplier of renewable aviation fuels, to fund its biofuel development and launch projects aimed at expanding the use of renewable feedstocks.

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The government of Canada has finalized regulations that will require an average renewable fuel content of five percent in gasoline – two percent in diesel fuel and heating oil – starting December 15th, 2010. The regulations are but one minor step in Canada's far-reaching Renewable Fuels Strategy. Once fully implemented, Canada's renewable fuel content requirements will, as the government states, "reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to four megatonnes in 2012 – about the equiv

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Boeing's prediction that one percent of the commercial aviation industry will be powered by renewable fuels by 2015 may sound trivial, but converting any meaningful portion of the industry over to the plant-derived biofuels could lay the foundation for future exponential growth. Boeing is currently testing biofuels with British Airways Plc and Continental Airlines, but has worked with airlines across the globe as it tries to find suitable, plant-derived aviation fuels. Testing has demonstrated t

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The BP oil spill has reminded us that whether we love ethanol or hate it, it's still loads better than crude oil. Or at least that's what the corn ethanol lobbies would have us believe, according to Slate.

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Following news that the EPA has once again not made a decision about increasing the ethanol content of gasoline sold in the nation's pumps, the ethanol industry is kind of peeved. The Renewable Fuels Association has issued a press release lashing out at the Environmental Protection Agency for "dropping the ball ... for no scientifically justified reason" on the E15 issue, saying this second punt is "a dereliction of duty."

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A directory featuring E85 Ethanol Fuel and Biodiesel Fuel retail stations across the U.S. has been published for the first time by USA Energy Independence Publications. The guide is designed to help flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) and diesel vehicle owners find retail outlets offering renewable fuels in their areas and comes complete with the fuel station's address and phone, hours of operation, phone number and types of payment options available. Also covered in the directory is a buyers guide for 2007

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