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[NEWS] Ethanol From Carbon Dioxide Is Still A Losing Proposition

– by Robert Rapier, October 27, 2016, Energy Trends Insider

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(Photo: Mashable)

Earlier this month a research paper was published by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) called “High-Selectivity Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 to Ethanol using a Copper Nanoparticle/N-Doped Graphene Electrode.” The paper reports on some truly interesting science, and the researchers were measured and cautious in their conclusions.

But something got lost in translation as media outlets sought to portray this as a “holy grail,” “game changer,” “major breakthrough” or “solution to climate change.” The benefits, one story said, were unimaginable. Part of the problem, in my opinion, is that the press release from the Department of Energy was titled Scientists Accidentally Turned CO2 Into Ethanol.

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[NEWS] How the Ethanol Sausage Gets Made

– by Robert Rapier, October 13, 2016, Investing Daily

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Photo: PBS

Permit me to engage in a bit of shameless self-promotion. If you are interested in U.S. ethanol policy, consider watching a new PBS documentary called The Ethanol Effect. It debuted just this week on PBS World, but should be distributed to local PBS channels shortly. The video is currently available online, here.

The documentary is hosted by former Scientific American energy and environment editor David Biello, who came to my office in Arizona to interview me for the program last April. I come on just before the 48-minute mark, discussing progress in cellulosic ethanol.

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