Great Achievements in Central Planning: Cellulosic Biofuel

    Over the years, we’ve ridiculed Congress’s cellulosic biofuel mandates and associated penalties (for example, here and here) which were enacted as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007. Cellulosic biofuel is mostly ethanol sourced not from corn but from switchgrass, wood pellets and other non-food sources. Refiners who missed mandated targets of cellulosic biofuel were required to purchase credits to cover their shortfall. Effectively, | Read More »

    Central Planning vs. The Market Economy

    Today’s business news contains two seemingly unrelated stories, both on the energy front. The first tells the tale of Range Fuels’ foray into cellulosic ethanol, the process of making ethanol fuel, not from foodstuffs but from waste products such as wood chips. Even with government assitance with financing and with a Congressional mandate requiring customers to use their inferior fuel, Range Fuels’ project is a | Read More »

    Central Planning vs. The Market Economy

    Today’s business news contains two seemingly unrelated stories, both on the energy front. The first tells the tale of Range Fuels’ foray into cellulosic ethanol, the process of making ethanol fuel, not from foodstuffs but from waste products such as wood chips. Even with government assitance with financing and with a Congressional mandate requiring customers to use their inferior fuel, Range Fuels’ project is a | Read More »

    The Cellulosic Ethanol Mandate and Fairy Dust

    Over at The Oil Drum, there’s an insightful article by Robert Rapier, a chemical engineer and blogger: Cellulosic Ethanol Reality Begins to Set In The Oil Drum concerns itself with energy issues of all kinds, but leans toward Peak Oil and alternative fuels. It’s not a site that merely passes through propaganda for the fossil fuel industries. Rapier, who has hands-on experience with cellulosic ethanol, | Read More »

    The Cellulosic Ethanol Mandate and Fairy Dust

    Over at The Oil Drum, there’s an insightful article by Robert Rapier, a chemical engineer and blogger: Cellulosic Ethanol Reality Begins to Set In The Oil Drum concerns itself with energy issues of all kinds, but leans toward Peak Oil and alternative fuels. It’s not a site that merely passes through propaganda for the fossil fuel industries. Rapier, who has hands-on experience with cellulosic ethanol, | Read More »