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Posts Tagged ‘US energy’

Debates Around Offshore Drilling and Oil Subsidies Heats Up, Is There One Right Answer?

by May 17, 2011

High gas prices infographic 350.org via Good.is

High gas prices infographic 350.org via Good.is

With Congress’ recent vote against [52-48] on increasing oil company taxes and a bill to rapidly expand offshore drilling, the oil-fueled bipartisan spirit is yet again filling the air. I happened upon these brewing debates after seeing an intriguing infographic on GOOD Environment, which they take from the advocacy group 350.org.

At Dialogue Earth, we believe in finding a way to cut through the polarizing rhetoric, for example by seeking areas of agreement in the relationship between offshore drilling and gas prices, and moving forward from there.  This way, we will become a trustworthy source of factual information, divorced of the special interests and biases that may affect other sources.

By promoting this infographic, 350.org helps to illustrate the complexity of a piece of the U.S. energy system.  It shows many different aspects that must be taken into consideration when making decisions that end up potentially shifting the foci of where our energy comes from and also, our energy security.

Ultimately, an important goal for Dialogue Earth is to facilitate the creation and connection of a wide range of broadly endorsed, non advocacy information.

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US to Expand Seeding of Biomass, Yet Another Reason For Increasing Public Understanding

by May 2, 2011

In her most recent post (NYT), Elisabeth Rosenthal outlines recent efforts by the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy to provide seed funding to fledgling businesses in the biomass fuel industry.

Discussions of biofuels have been in the news a lot in recent years. In the U.S., that has primarily focused on creating ethanol from corn, or biodiesel from soybeans, although many companies are working on second-generation strategies for creating liquid fuels. While biomass is commonly used for heat (think firewood), Rosenthal’s post points out that large-scale use of chopped up plant material (biomass) to create electricity and heat is not widespread. Interestingly, Brazilian ethanol derived from sugarcane is often argued to have an attractive energy balance because the left over plant material is used to fuel the energy-hungry distillation process. (more…)

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