Ethanol saves oil and reduces pollution

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Ethanol saves oil and reduces pollution, or so we are being told. Ethanol, one of the so-called biofuels, the other is biodiesel, is produced, primarily, especially in the USA, from corn (maize), with biodiesel, mainly, being made from palm oil. And then more fuel, in the form of energy, is required for the processing of the maize into ethanol, followed by yet more fuel to get the ethanol to the filling stations.

The Case For and Against Ethanol

Green Home Blog

Ever since commercial production of corn-based ethanol first began – in 2004 in Canada and about 2008 in the United States – there have been highly vocal proponents and opponents. The first cite ethanol’s cleaner burn and a reduction of greenhouse gases and particulates. This faction also argues that corn-based ethanol is simply a “ feel good ” endeavor that allows liberals to pat themselves on the back. Returning to the subject of corn ethanol, the U.S.

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Ethanol will spike Popcorn Price!!!

Eco Friendly Daily

OON RAPIDS, Iowa – A tractor trailer rig rumbles into the Tall Corn Ethanol plant. Instead of white lightnin', the brew is converted to ethanol, a fuel that makes money for farmers and is seen as a possible solution to today's high oil and gas prices. Ethanol production in the United States is growing so quickly that, for the first time, farmers expect to sell as much corn this year to ethanol plants as they do overseas. "It's ethanol.

How has Oil Performed During the COVID-19 Crisis?

Green Prophet

Khaled al Otaiby, an official of the Saudi oil company Aramco watches progress at a rig at the al-Howta oil field near Howta, Saudi Arabia, on Feb. The US is the world’s largest consumer of oil, ingesting approximately 20-million barrels a day. Energy oil

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US Ethanol Producers Turn to Corn Oil

Celsias

ethanol producers to turn to the extraction and production of corn oil. Green Plains Renewable , and South Dakota-based POET LLC , have invested in equipment to produce corn oil at several of their existing facilities in the Midwest. Corn oil, extracted during the production of ethanol, is used mostly to make biodiesel and animal feed, and it can also be used for cooking. Firms expect to recover a small amount of corn oil compared to the huge U.S.

How to Make Ethanol

Eco Friendly Daily

Ethanol is also known as ethyl alcohol and grain alcohol. In yet another example of his forward thinking (he also pioneered soy as a sustainable fibre for clothing), Henry Ford designed the first version of his Model T Ford to run on ethanol. Though oil and gas interests defeated Ford’s proposal to make ethanol “the fuel of the future” its use has never totally disappeared in our society.

China to promote ethanol to minimize pollution

Eco Friendly Daily

China is considering a change in its energy policy to encourage the wider use of ethanol, a clean fuel made from agricultural products, to target the nation’s worsening air quality, a leading trader of the commodity said. Such a move would indicate crucial political support for investment in the production, import and distribution of the biofuel in China and could have an impact on world ethanol prices, which experts say will soon peak on current consumption patterns.

2 Sides To The Ethanol Food Crisis: What is Ethanol?

Eco Friendly Daily

There are two sides to almost every story, even when it comes to the truth about Ethanol. Is Ethanol really greener? There is very little black and white about the Ethanol debate, but there is plenty of propaganda for and against Ethanol to leave the average consumers undecided about the truth. What is Ethanol? In short, Ethanol is an alternative fuel derived from plants. Ethanol rapidly biodegrades in water and soil.

2 Sides To The Ethanol Food Crisis: Fueling the Food Crisis

Eco Friendly Daily

Now that you have read What is Ethanol: Part One, you know what Ethanol is and how it is made, but did you know there is an ongoing debate about Ethanol’s part in today food crisis and high prices? Take Ethanol for example, is Ethanol really fueling the Food Crisis? RFA it is the price of oil that is causing the crisis. However RFA argues that the food crisis is due to the increase in high oil prices. Less dependency of foreign oil?

Follow the bouncing ball of ethanol policy

Environmental Economics

Our industry invested billions of dollars based on the belief that oil could not restrict access to the market and EPA would stand behind the intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Unfortunately, the oil industry is manipulating the EPA and is now using the RFS to destroy demand for biofuels, reducing the price of commodities and gutting rural economies in the process,” said POET Chairman and CEO, Jeff Broin. However, these goals are contradicted by bailouts to oil companies.

China to promote ethanol to minimize pollution

Eco Friendly Daily

China is considering a change in its energy policy to encourage the wider use of ethanol, a clean fuel made from agricultural products, to target the nation’s worsening air quality, a leading trader of the commodity said. Such a move would indicate crucial political support for investment in the production, import and distribution of the biofuel in China and could have an impact on world ethanol prices, which experts say will soon peak on current consumption patterns.

Sugarcane ethanol already meets California low carbon fuel standard, says Brazilian Sugarcane Association

Green (Living) Review

Industry comments submitted to California Air Resources Board underscore sugarcane ethanol's recognized carbon reduction levels By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sugarcane ethanol's carbon intensity is even lower than initially calculated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), according to comments submitted today by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). Sugarcane ethanol has a verifiable reduction in greenhouse gases of 90% compared to gasoline.

Ethanol Production Slows In United States

Eco Friendly Daily

Ethanol, once touted as an energy solution, is in overabundance in the United States. Due to the current economic crisis and people driving less, plants are shutting down and refiners are buying less ethanol. While gas prices were extremely high, refiners were purchasing the maximum amounts of ethanol able to be mixed with gasoline. However, refiners are now purchasing the minimum amounts of ethanol.

Ethanol Fuel – The Controversy Behind It

Eco Friendly Daily

As oil reserves run out, petrol prices rise and the climate continues to change, people are increasingly looking towards ethanol fuel as a potential solution to all of these problems. Ethanol is more commonly known as the alcohol found in alcoholic drinks. The vast majority of ethanol that is used for drinking and in fuels is produced by the fermentation of sugars. To obtain pure ethanol more complicated processes are invoked.

Ethanol-Green Fuel or Food Scarcity for the Poor

Celsias

In the course of growing concerns about unstable oil supplies and the impact of fossil fuels on global warming, biofuels are receiving increased attention. Putting ethanol instead of gasoline in your tank saves oil and is probably no worse for the environment than burning gasoline. Ethanol is considered a major biofuel. Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel made by fermenting and distilling

Palm oil biofuels push up global food prices

Green Prophet

Scientists like Helmut were against the efficiency claims … While we love the idea of renewable energy crops for palm oil and sugarcane used in ethanol and biofuels have pushed out food producers, causing an alarming shift to rising costs for food. According to the United Nation’s FAO, world food prices rose for the third consecutive month in December, 2019 as a strong rally in vegetable oil prices drove the FAO Food Price Index to its highest level in five years.

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Oil Trainspotting in the Northwest

Sightline Daily

Last week, the Washington legislature adjourned having failed to require even basic disclosure about the movements of hazardous oil-bearing trains. The measure , which included a a “Right-to-Know” provision to help communities know more about the oil moving through, passed the House, but oil company opposition stopped the bill cold in the Senate. Oil companies and railroads don’t want us to know what they’re up to, but we may be able to find out anyway.

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Israeli Researchers Make Oil from Greenhouse Gas

Green Prophet

A replacement for oil has become a burning need in the 21st century. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers in Israel have invented a process to make a green feed alternative for crude oil out of two of the most common substances on Earth – water and carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. .

What Do Oil Train Explosions Cost?

Sightline Daily

Given the nasty tendency for oil trains to explode when they derail, it’s probably worth asking what a catastrophic accident might cost. No doubt, the thousands of communities visited daily by oil trains would like to know what sort of financial risks they are exposed to. Oil train derailment and river contamination, Aliceville, AL (2). The most direct comparison is the Lac-Mégantic accident because it was the first major oil train explosion in a populated area.

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When the oil runs out!

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Dependent on who you want to believe we have either already reached Peak Oil, are not far from it or have still a long way to go. Whatever, the truth remains that oil and other fossil fuels, that is to say coal and natural gas, are finite resources and are not far from being depleted, at least the easily exploitable deposits. I do not think so, and palm oil based bio-diesel and bio-ethanol will not help either.

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The skeptical environmentalist on biofuels

Environmental Economics

Blog powered by TypePad Member since 05/2005 « EnvEcon NCAA Bracket Challenge Update | Main | The only thing I ask is that you please not treat me like a celebrity » March 16, 2011 The skeptical environmentalist on biofuels Bjørn Lomborg: The United States spends about $6 billion a year on federal support for ethanol production through tax credits, tariffs, and other programs. Since 2008, ethanol production has increased by 33 percent.

Canada vs. the USA on Oil Train Standards

Sightline Daily

With what passes for chest beating in the world of railway regulation, US politicians this summer claimed that the Transportation Department’s newly-proposed crude oil, ethanol, and flammable materials train rules made the US Number One when it comes to tank car regulation—and that we are doing better than Canada. In Canada, by contrast, legacy DOT-111s will not be allowed for ethanol or crude oil after May 1, 2017, according the proposed rule by Transport Canada.

Price volatility and excess capacity in oil markets

Environmental Economics

Blog powered by TypePad Member since 05/2005 « Im giving up breakfast meat* | Main | My guess is that the benefits of seawalls in North Carolina are regressive » March 09, 2011 Price volatility and excess capacity in oil markets I recently attended a seminar by Agricultural Economist, Brian Wright , in which he spoke on price volatility in storable commodity markets. 

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Why New Improved Oil Trains Are Not Nearly Good Enough

Sightline Daily

“Tesoro is committed to the safe and environmentally sound handling of crude oil. Last February to much fanfare, the oil company Tesoro—a firm with big plans for oil trains in the Northwest— announced that it would voluntarily replace older tank cars with newer models. After an oil train derailed under Seattle’s Magnolia Bridge in July 2014, we got a good look at the tank cars that Tesoro boasts about.

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Most biofuels better than oil for greenhouse gases, worse or similar eco-impact otherwise, study finds

Green (Living) Review

On the other hand, positive effects can be achieved if energy plant cultivation increases the carbon content of the soil, for example via the cultivation of oil palms on unused grazing land in Columbia or via jatropha plantations in India and eastern Africa, making deserted land arable again. You can't eat bio-diesel or bio-ethanol but you can eat corn. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It once again took a study to find out the obvious, it would seem.

Big Oil The Bad Guy In Pixar’s ‘Cars 2?

Eccorazzi

When it came time to find a villain for the sequel to their 2006 hit “Cars&# , Pixar decided that Big Oil would fit the bill. ’ I kept going to big oil. There’s ethanol. And so I thought, well, that could be really cool in that you could have big oil versus alternative fuel. Disney is planning on rolling out some 300 toys and other stuff for “Cars 2″ How much oil you want to bet is used up in the process?

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Flex Fuel, why is America refusing and stalling growing it’s oil in the backyeard?

Eco Friendly Daily

This is where Ethanol and Flex Fuel cars come in. Flex fuel vehicles can run on either gasoline or fuels such as methanol and ethanol. Such a plan would be a an amazing boom to the US economy, creating a huge market for farmers to grow crops such as corn and sugar (used to make ethanol) as well as decreasing America’s reliance on foreign oil, he put forth. You can see which cars support E85 Ethanol fuel right here.

Israeli Fuel Company Tries Out Gasoline – Methanol Fuel Mixture

Green Prophet

Many gas stations in the US incorporate ethanol into their blends, all the way to fuel made from human and animal “poop” More recently, there’s been biofuel made from recycled McDonald’s fast food cooking oils which flew their UAE fleet vehicles more than 800,000 miles! billion USD in imported oil and refined petroleum products, and save some $1.85 A woman fills up car in Haifa with methanol and gasoline fuel mixture. More bang for her buck?

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Put a Zebra in Your Tank: A Chemical Crapshoot?

Green Prophet

Processors have made ethanol from cornstarch and sugar for decades, but using food products to make biofuel raises demand for staple commodities like corn and seed oils with disastrous impact to the food chain. Four simple steps and we’re juicing our cars with sawdust and coconut shells instead of Middle East oil. Butanol, with four carbon atoms, has twice the kick of ethanol and only slightly less energy-potential than gasoline.

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Biofuel from Plastic for this Young Egyptian Scientist from Alexandria

Green Prophet

But Faiad has found a high yield catalyst, aluminosilicate catalyst, that breaks down plastic waste producing gaseous products like methane, propane and ethane, which are then converted into ethanol to use as biofuel. The project selected a plant which is not linked to the food chain , the jatropha plant , to investigate whether it’s oil, methanol, and KOH, which are blended to make bio-diesel, could be produced using different parts of the plant.

New “Safer” Tank Cars Were Involved in Lynchburg, VA Oil Train Fire

Sightline Daily

For all the industry’s talk of building newer, and allegedly safer, models of tank cars to carry crude oil, there is still considerable reason to worry. If the train was composed solely of new-model tank cars, the Lynchburg accident may be evidence that crude oil trains are inherently unsafe regardless of the tank car models in use. And there is little reason to feel sanguine about oil transport even in new model tank cars.

Wood Might Not Be So Green After All

Eco Friendly Daily

Industrialized societies then turned to coal, oil, and gas instead. The idea is that wood can be used to produce ethanol, as well as providing the raw materials for carbon fibres (used for reinforcing polymers) and plastics. Cellulosic ethanol is seen as a future path for alternative fuel production, depending on biochemical methods. This ethanol plant uses acid processing and waste wood from construction. Otherwise, ethanol and its components must be imported.

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The market for RINs

Environmental Economics

Markets work smoothly, except when you create an artificial market size that hits all of a sudden, only the speculators realized it: The federal government created the market in special credits tied to ethanol eight years ago when it required refiners to mix ethanol into gasoline or buy credits from companies that do so. To monitor compliance, each gallon of ethanol is assigned a 38-digit Renewable Identification Number, or RIN.

Flex Fuel, why is America refusing and stalling growing it’s oil in the backyeard?

Eco Friendly Daily

This is where Ethanol and Flex Fuel cars come in. Flex fuel vehicles can run on either gasoline or fuels such as methanol and ethanol. Such a plan would be a an amazing boom to the US economy, creating a huge market for farmers to grow crops such as corn and sugar (used to make ethanol) as well as decreasing America’s reliance on foreign oil, he put forth. You can see which cars support E85 Ethanol fuel right here.

A Corny Gas Post

Environmental Economics

The lawof unintended consequences in action: Most Americans don’t realize that, when they gas up their car, up to 10% of what goes into the tank is ethanol distilled from corn. Congress required refiners to blend ethanol into gasoline in laws passed in 2005 and 2007, which were intended to spur the production of renewable fuels and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

Proposed Oil Train Rules: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Sightline Daily

Oil trains in the railyards, Everett, WA (5). Anderson (Used with permission) On July 23, the federal regulatory agencies in charge of oil trains released the details of a rulemaking proposal to improve the safety of moving large quantities of flammable materials by rail, particularly crude oil and ethanol. Oil trains have been the subject of increasing worry after five separate derailments in the past year unleashed towering infernos.

And the price of Fritos might fall

Environmental Economics

Corn ethanol production has hit record levels this year, beating government goals and creating a surplus for export. With oil prices close to $100 a barrel, fuel blenders have not needed tax credits to make ethanol economically attractive, since wholesale ethanol is cheaper than gasoline in many markets. And the mandate, known as the renewable fuels standard, has increased the required amounts of ethanol that fuel blenders must use to 7.5 Am I dreaming?

Should I be worried that I sound like Ron Paul?

Environmental Economics

Me: As oil becomes more scarce, oil will become more difficult to find, more difficult to extract and less profitable.    As prices rise there will be incentives for additional exploration (if you can make more money, you'll look for more oil), incentives for conservation (who likes to pay high prices?), Ron Paul: If oil were allowed to rise to its natural price, there would be tremendous market incentives to find alternate sources of energy.

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Benefit-cost analysis of the renewable fuel standard

Environmental Economics

Tim Devaney: The Obama administration set new standards Monday for ethanol levels in fuel, enraging competing industries that had battled for months to influence the contentious regulations. Acting Assistant EPA Administrator Janet McCabe defended the standard, which requires oil refiners to mix more biofuel into their gasoline supply, as striking a balance between the ambitious goals of Congress and what is achievable. billion gallons of ethanol into their fuel in 2015 and 17.4

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The Proposed Longview Refinery: Understanding the Basics

Sightline Daily

Earlier this summer, a spate of news stories tried to draw a link between Washington Governor Inslee’s office and the backers of an oil refinery proposed for the shores of the Columbia River at Longview. According to the proponents , the refinery’s “ feedstock ” would be composed of one-third renewable biofuels from foreign sources brought in by tanker vessels and two-thirds shale oil delivered by rail from the Bakken formation. Climate & Energy Longview Oil Oil Trains

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Daily demand and supply (subsidies and prices)

Environmental Economics

has about 10 percent ethanol, so the the 45 cents/gallon VEETC subsidy reduced the price of gasoline about 4.5 World crude oil prices are up a bit , too.). The main effect here is that the consumers’ mandated purchases of ethanol will no longer be subsidized by taxpayers, and therefore the price rises. But lest you gasoline consumers feel too bad, consider the plight of the drivers relying on E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and only 15 percent gasoline.

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Community Solutions for Peak Oil and Post Carbon

The Green Changemakers

Click on any question for the answer: Q: What is Peak Oil? Q: Why should I be concerned about Peak Oil? Q: Does the arrival of Peak Oil mean we are running out of oil? Q: If half of the oil that ever existed is still in the ground, and demand for oil is rising now, why can't we keep increasing oil extraction? Q: When will Peak Oil occur? Q: What will the history of oil extraction look like? Q: What will happen as Peak Oil occurs?

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Air fresheners do not freshen the air.

Green (Living) Review

and the “infusing” of essential oils is also not, necessarily, a good and healthy idea, despite what some may believe and say. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Air “fresheners” mask odors, either with synthetic fragrances or by interfering with the body''s ability to smell by coating the nasal passages with an oil film or by releasing a nerve-deadening agent.