Ethanol Demand Boosting Corn Prices

A new story today from Yahoo News: Ethanol demand boosting corn prices Some excerpts: INDIANAPOLIS – The ethanol industry’s growing appetite for corn has pushed prices for the grain to their highest levels in a […]

Epic Essay on Sustainability

I would like to direct your attention to the epic post written by The Ergosphere’s Engineer-Poet: Sustainability, energy independence and agricultural policy It is a monster (the last draft I saw before publication was over […]

Ethanol, Biodiesel, and Food Prices

The following story from Bloomberg caught my eye today: Ethanol Drives Up Food Commodity Prices Some notable excerpts: Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) — Global ethanol production is driving up prices for food commodities, from feed stocks […]

This Week in Petroleum 11-22-06

The weekly EIA report was released this morning: Summary of Weekly Petroleum Data for the Week Ending November 17, 2006 Some excerpts: U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 15.0 million barrels per day during the […]

Gas Prices, Gouging, and Food versus Fuel

A few newsworthy items to cover: Gas prices, gas gouging legislation, and food versus fuel. Gas Prices on the Rise Surprise! It seems that gas prices are rising: Gas prices on the rise again, analyst […]

Cellulosic Ethanol Reality Check

I firmly believe we should be aggressively researching the potential of cellulosic ethanol. This was after all the topic of my graduate school work at Texas A&M. But I think the hype has gotten way […]

Student Sustainability Competition

Now for a public service announcement. Yesterday I received a mass-mailer from the EPA asking for help publicizing a sustainability competition. Since this is a topic that’s very important to me, I thought I would […]

Who Supplies the Most Biofuel?

I learned something interesting today. If you had asked me who is the world’s largest distributor of bio-fuels, I would have probably guessed ADM. It looks like I might have been wrong. Here is a […]

This Week in Petroleum 11-15-06

The weekly inventory report from the Energy Information Administration came out today, and it provided support for my latest essay. You can read the report at: This Week in Petroleum. A quick look at the […]

A Case Study in Cluelessness

I saw a familiar name today in a news article, which I will get to in a bit. I was reading an article from the Sacramento Bee that said that gas prices may have bottomed […]