Posts Tagged with "biofuels"

Is Dr. Oz Shilling for the Malaysian Palm Oil Mafia?

Monday, February 4, 2013

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Is Dr. Oz Shilling for the Malaysian Palm Oil Mafia?

The public controversy around “America’s Doctor” is heating up. You may have noticed, for instance, the feature article in the most recent issue of New Yorker magazine titled “The Operator: is the most trusted doctor in America doing more harm than good?” As we recently reported, Dr. Oz, a TV personality who advocates healthy living [...]

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What Does the 2012 Farm Bill Have to Do with Palm Oil?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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What Does the 2012 Farm Bill Have to Do with Palm Oil?

As our allies at the Environmental Working Group reminded us this week, the Farm Bill is the single most important piece of legislation that determines what type of food appears on your plate every day, how farmers will be paid government subsidies and what type of environmental protections will preserve the land and topsoil for [...]

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Scientists or Lobbyists: Who do You Trust to Act in the Best Interests of our World’s Rainforests?

Monday, June 4, 2012

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Scientists or Lobbyists: Who do You Trust to Act in the Best Interests of our World’s Rainforests?

In what has been called the biggest climate decision of the year for the Obama Administration, the Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil industries are flexing their lobbying muscle to overturn a crucial, science-based decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In January of this year, the EPA issued an initial finding that biofuels made [...]

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EPA Rejects Palm Oil: Good News for Indonesian Rainforests

Thursday, February 2, 2012

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EPA Rejects Palm Oil: Good News for Indonesian Rainforests

Before I started doing environmental work, I’d assumed that biofuel use would have a positive effect on the climate. It turns out the truth about biofuels is much more complex than I’d originally thought. Not every biofuel on the market today has a positive impact on the environment, and some actually pose a major threat. [...]

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Agrofuels Are Not Low Carbon

Friday, October 2, 2009

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Evidence is mounting about the social and environmental consequences of industrialized biofuels, aka agrofuels. A new paper from RAN concludes that we cannot grow our way out of our oil addiction. Because of agrofuels’ impacts on climate change, direct and indirect land use impacts, fossil fuel inputs, and the investments they may draw away from [...]

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The Carbon Logic Problem Statement | Grist

Friday, July 10, 2009

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The Carbon Logic Problem Statement by Ken Ward. All too often those debating the solutions and proposed actions to tackle global warming fail to challenge the assumptions. While it's important to deal with emissions it can be argued that the root causes of emissions lie farther upstream and can more effectively deal with the challenges we are facing. Cutting emissions is good. Investing in clean energy and cutting emissions before the fuel is readied is better.

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Bunge Shareholder Meeting Update

Monday, May 11, 2009

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Great report back from Samantha Corbin, who attended Bunge’s shareholder meeting last Friday! “I’m more of a party crasher than someone who gets an engraved invitation. Certainly so when the party is the shareholder meeting of a billion-dollar multinational corporation like Bunge, one of the largest argribusiness and food companies in the world and a [...]

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Agrofuels Rally at Low Carbon Fuel Standard Hearing

Friday, April 24, 2009

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Yesterday’s Agrofuels rally at the Low Carbon Fuel Standard was, in a word, beautiful. We rode up to Sacramento in Lola, the Mexican bus (fueled by biodiesel made from recycled vege oil) and met up with students from UC Davis and allies from Rising Tide to declare our opposition to agrofuels in the Low Carbon [...]

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Happy Biofools Day

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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Go rock the vote! This is democracy at its finest people – you choose the fool and then we’ll all go challenge them to stop their ridiculous and destructive fantasies of converting land for fuel. This is no April fools joke. If you haven’t heard, biofuels are naaaasty. People are already being displaced by big [...]

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Disinformation enables deforestation

Monday, January 26, 2009

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A new study released in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution finds that while palm oil may pose the most direct threat to the highest number of endangered species on earth, most people are unaware of the danger. Palm oil producers are adopting the tried and true techniques of coal and oil producers to [...]

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