Biofuel News Round-Up

World Bank Secret Report confirms Biofuel Cause of World Food Crisis – Global Research 7/10/08

Biofuel Sustainability Embraced by US Department of Energy: National Biofuels Action Plan Unveiled  – Treehugger 10/8/08

“Economic Colonialism” Rears Its Ugly Head in African Biofuel Market – Treehugger 9/9/08

Largest Biodiesel Company in Country was Hit by Hurricane Ike – Treehugger 10/5/08

Ethanol Mandates: The Single Most Misguided Agricultural Program in Modern American History – Treehugger 9/15/08

U.S. biofuel plants go bankrupt on feedstock costs – Reuters 7/27/08

Biofuels main reason for food price rises: World Bank (Reuters) – Reuters/Yahoo 7/28/08

Midwest Flooding Brings to Light the Vulnerability of Corn Ethanol – Treehugger 7/1/08


Obama Camp closely tied to Ethanol Industry – NYTimes 6/23/08


Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Sets Out Draft Principles for Sustainability Practices – Treehugger 8/20/08


Reconsider EU Biofuel Goal Says Incoming President – Treehugger 6/30/08

EXCERPT: “Can anyone think of the exact moment when the biofuel backlash first reached its tipping point? In any case, it seems like, finally, people are realizing that liquid biofuels aren’t quite the green panacea they were once made out to be. Not to demonize them, it’s just that (like most things) there are plusses and minuses to each feedstock and production method and these need to be carefully considered when formulating policy. It seems like the incoming EU president, France, has gotten the message.”

CONSUMERISM & THE ENVIRONMENT: How we are slowly exterminating humanity


Mobile Phone Use ‘Raises Children’s Risk of Brain Cancer Fivefold’ – Cryptogon 9/23/08

Methane ‘Fart’ from the Earth Poses Enormous Global Warming Risk – Alternet 9/24/08

Are Boys Disappearing Because of Gender Bender Chemicals? – Treehugger 9/22/08

Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are – Alternet 9/18/08

Rob Walker, author of a new book on consumer culture, explains how consumers embrace brands as part of their identities — often without knowing it.

We Are Just Beginning to Pay the True Price for Dams  – Alternet 9/18/08

Decades ago three new dams were started every day. But the debts of temporary prosperity are all coming due and payable today.

Govt. Report Says Fluoride Added to Water Supply May Harm Population – Natural News 9/15/08

A government-sponsored report has concluded that levels of fluoride that people are regularly exposed to in drinking water can cause serious malfunctioning of the thyroid glad, leading to even more serious health problems

New Generation of Drug-Producing GM Crops Could Threaten Food Supply and Devastate US Farmers – Natural News 9/11/08

Nonstick Cookware Chemicals Found in Human Breast Milk – Natural News 9/11/08

Toxic chemicals used in nonstick coatings and stain-resistant fabrics were found in the breast milk of every woman tested in a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Doubts Surfacing About Flu Vaccine’s Effectiveness for Elderly – Natural News 9/11/08

Almond Growers Sue USDA – Treehugger 9/13/08

Fifteen almond growers and nut handlers filed a suit against the USDA over a legally mandated treatment of California-grown raw almonds.

What the Chemical Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know about Everyday Products – Alternet 9/15/08

Boatloads of Trouble: How We Are Importing Our Way to Destruction– Alternet 9/5/08

As our consumer goods travel thousands of miles by boat, train and truck, they’re leaving a trail of soot and cancer in their wake.

Liver-Damaging Effects of Cholesterol Drug Zetia Hidden by Merck, FDA Documents Reveal – Natural News 9/4/08

U.S. Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate – Natural News 9/4/08

Reducing Carbon One Garbage Can at a Time – Miller McCune 9/3/08

With a clear cash incentive to reduce garbage, the “one-can” concept gains ground.

Germany Bans Eight Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Collapse; Clothianidin Chemical Found Contaminating Dead Bees – Natural News 8/29/08

Bayer in the Dock Over Pesticide Linked to Colony Collapse Disorder – Treehugger 8/26/08


Alaska Chooses Largest Gold Mine Over Clean Water – Alternet 8/29/08


Tobacco Companies Hid Information on Radioactive Polonium in Cigarettes – Center for Media and Democracy 8/26/08


A Video Clip Is Worth … Linfen, China: The Most Polluted City in the World – Treehugger 8/25/08


Lyondell plants to pay $6.5 million to end Texas smog probe – Houston Chronicle 8/25/08


12 states sue US govt. over refineries – Raw Story 8/25/08




The True Price of Fiji Water – Alternet 10/3/08

Watermill pulls drinking water from thin air – EnGadget 10/2/08

The Harsh Economics of the Global Water Crisis – Alternet 10/1/08

The Middle East’s Water Crisis: Will the Jordan River Run Dry? – Alternet 9/24/08

Free Water: Collecting Rainwater Is Catching on in the U.S. – Alternet 9/3/08

Great Lakes Danger Zones – Center for Public Integrity 8/30/08

For more than seven months, the nation’s top public health agency has blocked the publication of an exhaustive federal study of environmental hazards in the eight Great Lakes states, reportedly because it contains such potentially “alarming information” as evidence of elevated infant mortality and cancer rates.



VIDEO: Arctic Ice in “Death Spiral” – Nat’l Geographic 9/16/08

NASA animations show dramatic Arctic ice melt again in 2008, which saw the second smallest Arctic sea ice cover on record

North Pole becomes island as ice melts – Raw Story 9/1/08

Fabled North-West and North-East Passages open first time in history.

This place is the bomb – Salon 8/31/08

Something wild is happening on Christmas Island, once ground zero for nuclear test explosions.

Honeybees Could be Wiped Out in 10 Years, Warn Beekeepers – Natural News 9/15/08

EU in crop biofuel goal rethink – BBC 9/11/08

On The Road To Extinction: The Fate of Extinct and Endangered Species on Planet Earth – Global Research 8/26/08


How to Use Herbs Safely and Effectively – Natural News 8/11/08

Dot Earth: Ecuador Grants Rights to Nature – NYTimes 9/29/08

Farming Innovations in a Slum – AfriGadget 9/4/08

Temple University Physicist Developed Simple Device that Boosts Gas Efficiency 20% – Cryptogon 9/27/08

No, I Did It First! The Same Sugar-to-Gasoline Method Discovered by Two Research Teams – Treehugger 9/22/08


Obama & Biden News Round-Up

Donna J. Volatile : The Obama Construct – CounterPunch 8/28/08

Worthwhile reading 


Obama: the senator from ethanol-land – Socialist Worker 8/21/08


Obama and McCain: The Stakes Are Too Huge for ‘Civil’ Politics – Alternet 8/25/08

R.I.P., ‘Change We Can Believe in.’ The fierce urgency of the 21st century demands Change Before It’s Too Late.


Steve Conn : Obama and the Mining Cartel – CounterPunch 8/23/08


Nicole Colson : Obama and Big Corn – CounterPunch 8/23/08


Report: MBNA paid Biden son at critical time for bill – Houston Chronicle 8/25/08


Joe Biden’s pro-RIAA, pro-FBI tech voting record – CNet 8/23/08


Joe Biden’s War on Terror – Alternet 8/24/08


Praise of McCain could haunt Biden – Politico 8/24/08


Extreme-interventionist, Iraq/drug war fanboy is now the Democtratic VP Candidate – via MParent 8/23/08


15 Biden Quotes – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – SomeDork 8/23/08


Biden at Work – Mother Jones 8/27/08


Anthony DiMaggio : The Myths of Joe Biden – CounterPunch 8/27/08


Joe Biden: Russia, China, India: “The Real War” – Global Research 8/28/08


Motormouth Joe Biden – Warmonger, Wordmonger And Political Hit Man  – Propaganda Matrix 8/26/08


Biden: The antidote to hope – Socialist Worker 8/25/08


Previous 2008 Election Coverage, including Obama does not represent change; he is intended to placate the ‘Left’ (7/13/08)