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    Recharge Wrap-up: Porsche 911 hybrid possible, Ecocruise EVs coming soon
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    The next-generation Porsche 911 could use hybrid power, according to Porsche CEO Matthias Muller. "There is no reason against it and we will see if we have some reasons to do it," Muller says of the model due around 2018. He also suggests that hybrid technology could eventually make its way into ...

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    Legislation requiring minimum volume of coal-derived fuels introduced in U.S. House
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    U.S. Congressman Mark Critz has announced that the Clean Coal-Derived Fuels for Energy Security Act of 2011 was introduced in the House of Representatives. Critz, a co-sponsor of the legislation and member of the Congressional Coal Caucus, says that:
    Coal is, and must continue to be, an ...

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    U.S. Air Force cancels plans for coal to liquid fuel project
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    For a military forces, a steady reliable supply of fuel is critical to success. Given that, the U.S. Air Force has been investigating the idea of putting a coal-to-liquid facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. Coal is readily available in the continental U.S. and being able to ...

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    Detroit 2008: Toyota's Takimoto talks about all of Toyota's future eco plans
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    During the hectic press days of the Detroit Auto Show, AutoblogGreen and a small number of other news outlets were invited to a corner of the Riverfront Ballroom at Cobo Hall. The reason for the meeting was the chance to inteview Toyota Motor Corporation Japan's executive vice president, Masatami ...

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    AutoblogGreen Q&A: Coskata CEO Bill Roe on cellulosic ethanol partnership with GM
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    In the latest AutoblogGreen podcast, we featured an interview with Coskata president and CEO Bill Roe. This is a transcription of that interview. For a way-too detailed look at the GM-Coskata cellulosic ethanol partnership discussed in this chat, check out this post.ABG: I'm here with Bill Roe, CEO ...

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    Many presidential candidates support coal-to-liquid fuel
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    American news outlets are certainly full of updates from the voting in New Hampshire today, where the second first presidential primary in the 2008 U.S. election is taking place (UPDATE courtesy of J Jones: Iowa had a caucus, not a primary). Out in Vancouver, British Columbia, Silverado Green Fuel ...

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    Huckabee tells us God is green
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    Apparently, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee hasn't met an energy source he doesn't like. According to a new article in Salon, Huckabee "praises just about every energy source you can think of -- nuclear, "clean coal," wind, solar, hydrogen, biomass, biodiesel, corn-based ethanol, ...

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    New method to obtain cheap natural gas from coal
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    GreatPoint, a company made by three enterpreneurs from Boston (Andrew Perlman, Avi Goldberg and Aaron Mandell) has announced that they have created a cheap method to obtain natural gas from coal. Obtaining gas from coal (called syngas) is not the latest technology around: At the end of the 19th ...

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    Just how much of a difference could efficiency gains make on oil imports? A lot
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    Sometimes you have to step away from the daily updates and take a peek at the larger "domestic and global fuels supply situation.' If you're the DOE Task Force on Strategic Unconventional Fuel that just released a three-volume report on exactly that matter, you'll discover that the "outlook is ...

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    More coal to liquid fuels research from Penn State
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    Penn State University has really been on a green roll these last few days, getting three stories featured on our site. One had to do with a novel way to extract hydrogen from water using nanotechnology and sunlight and the second had to do with using coal and papermaking waste to make a liquid ...

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    Making biofuels from the papermaking industry's black liquor waste
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    Sometimes, people just need to make the best with what they have got to work with. This is what paper mills are trying to do by burning the "black liquor" waste which is a leftover remnant of chemicals and the lignin. As part of the Kraft process (.pdf link), the leftovers are burned to create ...

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    The DOE, Conoco-Phillips and LSU work to increase ethanol's efficiency, want to make it from coal
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    The headlines for this story indicate that a team from LSU, Oak Ridge National Lab, Clemson, Conoco-Phillips and the Department of Energy are trying to make ethanol a more efficient fuel. I don't know that this is the case, as it seems that what they are trying to do is manufacture ethanol from the ...

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    Chrysler produces the ultimate green racer
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    Arguments could be made about the green credentials of any alternative fuel vehicles such as the chemical content and energy required to produce batteries, the problem of producing and storing hydrogen and more. But here is a racer produced by a group of Chrysler employees that is completely green. ...

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    Biodiesel-supporting governor of Montana vetoed biodiesel tax credit bill, but all is not lost
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    Why did Gov. Schweitzer (D), a long-time supporter of biodiesel, veto a bill designed to give biodiesel users a $500 tax credit? According to Biodiesel Magazine, "Schweitzer said the bill's estimated $3 million economic impact was simply too much to approve without final numbers in place." The veto ...

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    Shell cancels oil-shale mining permit request in Colorado
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    Oil from shale is one of the many alternative sources of petroleum that has been researched for the past several decades but to date no one has actually brought it to mass production. As with the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, there are huge quantities of petroleum locked in other materials in North ...

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    RPS vs. CPS
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    Many ABG readers may know that the Senate is debating energy issues this week and next. I have snuck into the Senate chambers several times (via C-SPAN) to check on their progress. As you know, electric vehicles keep appearing on ABG. Some have electricity generated on board only, but the trend ...

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    AutoblogGreen Q&A: Nick Zielinski and Gary Smyth of General Motors
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    Following the Challenge-X presentation presentation at General Motors headquarters last week, a group of bloggers including myself, Matt Kelly of The Next Gear, Lyle Dennis of gm-volt.com, Todd Kaho of Green Car Journal, Scott Anderson of Hydrogen Forecast, Philip Proefrock of Ecogeek, and Matt ...

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    China may abandon liquified coal projects
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    China has been moving aggressively to wean itself from reliance on petroleum both because of terrible pollution problems in the big cities like Beijing an Shanghai and because it has few domestic petroleum reserves. Recently the Chinese government has put a lot of emphasis on coal to liquid ...

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    EPA says coal to liquid could cause 119% INCREASE in greenhouse gases
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    Even if you disregard the environmental catastrophe that is mountaintop removal, the reasons not to increase the use of coal are numerous. The current popular idea for using coal is convert it to liquid fuel via the Fischer-Tropsch process for use in transportation. Like petroleum, coal is a fossil ...

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    DOE releases feasability study for Illinois Coal to Liquid plant
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    The Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory has completed a feasibility study for a proposed Coal to Liquid fuel production facility in Illinois. The proposal would include a plant that would convert 24,500 tons of coal daily into 50,000 barrels of fuel along with 124 MW of ...

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