Monday, January 28, 2008

Reading Roundup: Jan 28

Reading Roundup is a regular feature of WebEchoes. It exists to limit the number of "read this" posts with minimal commentary on my part.

Cellulosic ethanol: It might be a bust | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
Ethanol boosters stepping back from ethanol as a viable fuel source.

UK Government Backs Away from First Generation Biofuels » Celsias
Analysis/Excerpts from a report analyzing current ethanol production. It doesn't look to good for current fuels having a net positive benefit.

Under pressure | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
EU considers pollution charges on US imports to level the market playing field with EU companies that participate in emissions trading. Good point from the comments: Wanna bet this goes to the WTO if implemented?

US censors Arctic scientists' findings as it prepares for oil and gas auction -
Yoi. US government blocks a multi-government panel's report on Arctic Oil and Gas activities and impacts. Oddly enough, the administration is preparing to sell a chunk of that arctic environment.

Startup Says It Can Make Ethanol for $1 a Gallon, and Without Corn
4 years till a large non-corn fed commercial scale ethanol plant is expected to be ready. A smaller test plant to be opened in a year to vet the process and technology.

An ominous statement from Shell | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
Royal Dutch Shell says that in 7 years conventional oil and natural gas sources will be unable to meet demand. Good thing that the US usage has leveled off/declined in 2007 compared to 2006.

Cartoon - the ease of carbon trading |
And a cute cartoon to round out the roundup.