fuel’s errand

EPA scolded for failing to turn in its very important ethanol homework

The agency will reassess fuel farming by the end of next year.


The crazy true story of how George W. Bush secretly tried to raise the gas tax

Turns out that when Dubyah called for the country to kick its oil addiction, he meant it. But then things got messy.


The GOP’s king corn problem

Republicans contort themselves in order to champion big-government ethanol support.


The answer to our fuel woes might be monster sweet potatoes

Corn ethanol is a good idea in theory — what’s more renewable than a fuel source you plant and harvest every year? But corn is such an inefficient energy source that if we wanted to meet our biofuel goals with …


Antibiotics in your meat? The ethanol industry might be partly to blame

Many farmers feed livestock spent grain from the ethanol process in order to lower feed costs. New research confirms what some have long suspected: Those byproducts contain antibiotics from the ethanol distilling process.

Critical List: Warmest March on record for 25 states; LEGO hermit crab shell

A round-up of the news of the day.


In 2014, corn biofuel is out, wood biofuel is in

Biofuel sounds like a pretty good idea — down with power plants, up with regular plants! — but if the country switches over to corn ethanol we will basically be unable to grow any other crops. A new study has …


Map shows avalanche of cellulosic ethanol projects on the way

In the battle between food and fuel, cellulosic ethanol might not be a great idea or even a viable solution to our energy woes, but enzyme company Novozymes says it's coming, regardless.

Critical List: Court upholds local fracking ban; New York could ban shark fin sales

A New York state court upheld the town of Dryden’s ban on fracking. Republicans are trying to pin rising gas prices on President Obama. Apple could allow independent environmental reviews of two factories in China. Chinese air pollution is visible …