SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 4, 2006–With its Carbon Fiber and Kevlar bow slicing silently through the chilly waters of Puget Sound, the world’s coolest boat purred into Seattle today — Earthrace is here. Earthrace (, the first 100% pure biodiesel race boat, is on a promotional tour in advance of its assault on the record for circumnavigating the globe. Not only is it cool-looking, it’s cool-burning — as its biodiesel engines emit 78 percent less carbon dioxide. Imperium Renewables Founder and President John Plaza along with Imperium Renewables Chairman and CEO Martin Tobias officially welcomed the Earthrace and provided its first U.S. biodiesel fuel at a special event at Bell Harbor Marina. Read the rest of this entry »


by Christine Tierney, Detroit Free Press

Developing economies seeking to establish domestic car industries tend to focus on job creation first and worry about air pollution and other environmental issues later. That’s how the wealthiest countries also approached car-making at the outset a century ago.

But China appears to be an exception to that pattern. Its auto industry is just getting started, but Chinese authorities are already going for the best and newest fuel-saving technologies. That may benefit everyone by accelerating their development and commercialization.

When Chinese President Hu Jintao traveled to North America last September, he stopped in Vancouver to tour Ballard Power Systems’ (Nasdaq: BLDP) research and manufacturing facilities. Read the rest of this entry »

The Real Inconvenient Truth
Thanks to population growth, energy use and greenhouse emissions will likely double by 2050.  Are we powerless to stop global warming?

by Robert J. Samuelson, Newsweek 

July 5, 2006 – “Global warming may or may not be the great environmental crisis of the next century, but—regardless of whether it is or isn’t—we won’t do much about it. We will (I am sure) argue ferociously over it and may even, as a nation, make some fairly solemn-sounding commitments to avoid it. But the more dramatic and meaningful these commitments seem, the less likely they are to be observed. Little will be done…. Global warming promises to become a gushing source of national hypocrisy.”
—This column, July 1997

Well, so it has. In three decades of columns, I’ve never quoted myself at length, but here it’s necessary. Al Gore calls global warming an “inconvenient truth,” as if merely recognizing it could put us on a path to a solution. That’s an illusion. The real truth is that we don’t know enough to relieve global warming, and—barring major technological breakthroughs—we can’t do much about it. This was obvious nine years ago; it’s still obvious. Let me explain. Read the rest of this entry »

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s top marketer of biofuels, considers using food crops to make biofuels “morally inappropriate” as long as there are people in the world who are starving, an executive said on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

by Earl Eldrige, The Examiner

Baltimore- Ford Motor Co. will begin airing television commercials and publishing print advertising today touting the company’s ethanol-powered and hybrid-fueled vehicles.

The move follows complaints by environmental groups that Ford reneged on a promise nine months ago to build 250,000 hybrid-fueled vehicles by 2010. Environmental groups claim that hybrid vehicles are the best current technology not only to cut America’s dependence on foreign oil, but also to reduce global “greenhouse” gases that they say contribute to global warming. Read the rest of this entry »

Written By: Dennis Avery
Published In: Environment News

The enthusiasm for ethanol as a fuel additive may be warranted in chemical terms, but it has serious agricultural consequences we must address before pursuing this alternative.

To make ethanol a significant U.S. fuel source will require clearing a tremendous amount of forestland and turning it into farms. Supplying just 10 percent of our auto fuel with domestically produced ethanol right now would require us to burn up 55 percent of the corn crop currently being produced on 78 million high-yield U.S. acres. Read the rest of this entry »