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DOE & USDA announce action plan for cellulosic ethanol production

Public Law No. 110-140 requires, among other things, that by 2022 there are 36 billion gallons of biofuel produced, of which 16 billion gallons is to come from cellulosic biofuels. Toward that end, DOE and USDA announced an interagency blueprint to expand efforts to derive biofuels from crop and forest...

Bush punts to Obama the new fuel efficiency rule

Prior posts have noted the proposed fuel efficiency standard, and have also noted that current technology would likely permit even higher per mile standards because of the as-yet untapped potential of current automotive power systems. As noted, pursuant to the Energy Independence and Security Act (enacted...

Internal combustion engines have a lot of potential 'tweaks' that will significantly increase mileage

In several prior posts it has been noted that for all the favorable PR given to hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric vehicles, internal combustion engine systems and their associated drive-trains and designs could significantly achieve much better mileage than even that proposed for the new CAFE...

Greenhouse Gas Permitting Requirements for Large Stationary Sources under Clean Air Act Announced by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday a final rule to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the largest stationary sources, while shielding millions of small sources of GHGs from Clean Air Act permitting requirements. The phased-in, common-sense approach...

Renewable Fuel Standard Program for 2011 Proposed by Environmental Protection Agency Under Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed yesterday the 2011 percentage standards for the four fuels categories under the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program, known as RFS2. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established the annual renewable...