Posted: 11/25/2014
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  • Chicagoan Sets Her Sights on Clean Air
    Posted: 11/19/2014
    Having led the charge to ban leaded gasoline 30 years ago, Marilyn Katz is leading a campaign to require E15 in the Windy City.
  • Study: Ethanol use in Michigan reduces pollution by reducing GHGs
    Posted: 11/19/2014
    A new study released by Michigan State University researchers Bruce Dale and Seungdo Kim shows ethanol use by Michigan drivers and boaters reduces pollution by cutting down on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Burning E85 fuel in your vehicle
    Posted: 10/9/2014
    The Yellow Hose campaign is boosting E85 fuel consumption. See if you have a flex fuel vehicle and where you can fill up for cheaper than gasoline.
  • Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity From Fossil Fuels
    Posted: 9/22/2014
    John D. Rockefeller built a vast fortune on oil. Now his heirs are abandoning fossil fuels.
  • Here's who wowed the crowd at TechStars' Demo
    Posted: 8/28/2014
    The biggest Demo Day surprise might have come from WeDeliver. The Chicago-based company, which uses crowd sourcing to provide same-day delivery for local merchants, launched an e-commerce platform called Locally. Locally will allow consumers a portal for customers to shop online from WEDELIVER merchants.
  • 4.2-magnitude quake shakes central Oklahoma
    Posted: 8/19/2014
    A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Guthrie, Oklahoma, at 7:41 a.m. CT (8:41 a.m. ET) Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
  • Groups advocate for biogenic emissions framework in letter
    Posted: 8/18/2014
    More than 100 organizations recently partnered to issue a letter to John Podesta, counselor to President Obama, urging his support in the release of the U.S. EPA?s biogenic accounting framework.
  • Proposed City of Chicago Ethanol Ordinance Would be a Step in the Right Directio
    Posted: 8/13/2014
    A proposed City of Chicago ordinance that would require most gas stations to offer E15 fuel - 15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline - is one example of a smaller step we can take now to increase our use of renewable energy sources and limit greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.
  • City Hall looks into increasing ethanol content at gas pump
    Posted: 7/29/2014
    (CHICAGO) At City Hall Monday, the finance committee heard arguments for and against increasing the ethanol content at Chicago gas pumps.
  • The Benefits: When drivers can choose E15 fuel at the pump, everyone benefits.
    Posted: 7/21/2014
    The Chicago Clean Air Choice Ordinance, simply offers drivers another choice at the pump ? cleaner, more affordable E15 gas. Everyone will have the option to keep buying whatever gas they use now.
  • The Benefits: When drivers can choose E15 fuel at the pump, everyone benefits ?
    Posted: 7/21/2014
    The ?Chicago Clean Air Choice Ordinance? simply offers drivers another choice at the pump ? cleaner, more affordable E15 gas. Everyone will have the option to keep buying whatever gas they use now.
  • Carbon Heads for Best Quarter in Six Years Amid EU Supply Curbs
    Posted: 6/30/2014
    European Union carbon permits are headed for the biggest quarterly gain in six years as lawmakers consider permanent measures to curb a surplus that helped push prices to a record low.
  • Brazil's recent fight against deforestation has been a huge success
    Posted: 6/17/2014

    All eyes are on Brazil right now because of the World Cup. But there's another Brazil story that deserves just as much attention ? over the last decade, the country has made surprising strides in slowing the destruction of its rainforests.
  • New White Paper Warns of Gasoline?s Growing Health Risks Gasoline Ex
    Posted: 6/4/2014
    Washington, DC, June 3, 2014: Gasoline exhaust is a much greater source of toxic emissions than previously reported, and lethal, ultra-fine particulates are not being adequately regulated and controlled. according to a new White Paper released here today.

    The paper was written by David E. Hallberg, the founder and first president of the Renewable Fuels Association. Hallberg writes that the petroleum industry is refining gasoline with high levels of toxic aromatics that combust into benzene and other carcinogenic pollutants. This gasoline that is reaching consumers represents a serious health threat but cost effective alternatives are available.

    The paper provides references and sources a range of studies that Mr. Hallberg believes establish science-based evidence of adverse health effects ranging from asthma to autism. He also criticizes US Environmental Protection Agency( EPA) modeling that under-reports the threat and shows that real time measurements of particulates in urban areas proves there is a much bigger problem than EPA acknowledges. These particulates are formed when aromatics used to boost gasoline octane resist complete combustion and produce tiny, invisible particles that can directly enter the bloodstream and travel further and persist longer than the larger particulates currently sourced to power plants and diesel.

    ?At a time when the petroleum industry is spending millions to discredit clean octane products that can be used to protect public health, EPA needs to re-assess their protocols and recognize this growing threat? said Hallberg. He added that mid-Level ethanol blends can provide significantly greater emission health, and economic benefits than EPA models indicate.,

    The paper was released at a workshop held by the Energy Future Coalition in Washington, D.C. This workshop followed a previous workshop held at the National Academy of Sciences examining the health impacts of these ultra-fine particulates. Today?s workshop brought together leading experts and policymakers to discuss fuel and filter technology options for avoiding or controlling such particles and the toxic substances that can accompany them, especially polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).