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By Robert Rapier on Aug 15, 2007 with no responses

National Geographic Story

Update: This was a story originally posted in August of 2006 (Wow, that’s been the fastest year of my life), but E3 Biofuels has come up in discussion quite a few times lately. I am going to be traveling over the next 5 days with intermittent Internet access, so I thought I would bump this up top. Note that this story was prior to their plant startup.

Ah, and that solves a long-term mystery for me. I wondered why some people refer to me as an “oil industry analyst.” This must have been where that originated.

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Last night I noticed some traffic being directed here from National Geographic. Being a curious sort, of course I followed the link back and found this story:

New Ethanol Plants to Be Fueled by Cow Manure

The story talks about the E3 Biofuels process that I blogged on previously.

This blog is mentioned in the article, and is listed under “SOURCES AND RELATED WEB SITES”. The Oil Drum is also mentioned in the article, as well as Vinod Khosla. Some relevant quotes from the article:

…With gas prices high and the future of world oil production uncertain, interest in alternative fuels is surging.

But ethanol, a fuel now widely used in Brazil, has been the subject of an often polarized debate in the U.S.

The controversy has been playing out recently both in science journals and on energy blog sites such as The Oil Drum.

Proponents like Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla argue that ethanol can replace gasoline, while opponents counter that not enough agricultural land exists to meet more than a fraction of the country’s energy needs.

…But another outspoken ethanol critic, oil industry analyst and blogger Robert Rapier, has endorsed the E3 Biofuels approach, calling it “responsible ethanol.”

National Geographic. How flippin’ sweet is that? Maybe CNN will come calling next. :-)