Oil and Gas Ethanol

  • Richard Branson

    Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group, told CNBC’s Phil LeBeau that Virgin Atlantic Airways plans to test bio-fuels next year in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and increase efficiency.

  • In a Rose Garden announcement, Bush said he wanted to move ahead, pending any separate legislative approaches. The new rules will "cut gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles," he said.

  • In the post-apocalyptic world of the action movie “Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome”, road warriors dueled in muscle cars fueled by pig waste. Fortunately for us today, extreme gasoline shortages are not a reality, though record pump prices are. This means we won't be replacing refineries with swine farms anytime soon. Still, high-energy costs, the toll taken on the environment and a steady decline in easily recoverable sources of oil and gas do mean the hunt for alternatives to traditional fossil fuels is gathering momentum.

  • Former U.S. senators Bob Dole and Thomas Daschle recently came out with a report, "New Markets for American Agriculture," which is meant to direct farmers toward more biofuels and help them obtain income directly from the marketplace -- rather than through government subsidies. On "Morning Call," Dole said that not only will the suggested program give farmers more opportunities with varied biofuels beyond corn-based ethanol, it will also save the government money...

  • A decline in sugar prices has left a bitter aftertaste in the mouths of some commodity investors. A 12-month chart chronicling New York Board of Trade sugar futures says it all -- the sweetener has dropped more than 41% -- from a peak of almost 18 cents a pound to its current 6.5 cent price. Bad news bears for commodity bulls like Jim Rogers.

  • Hugh Grant, chairman and chief executive of Monsanto, told CNBC’s “Street Signs” that he believes ethanol will be a “sustainable industry” that can thrive without governmental subsidies.

  • Archer Daniels Midland, the largest U.S. ethanol producer, is considering a purchase of  Brazil's Cosan SA as ADM prepares to enter Brazil's sugarcane ethanol business, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Friday.

  • Cramer’s new book, Mad Money: Watch TV, Get Rich, was written for one reason: to layout 20 important rules that help individual investors beat the big institutional money managers on the Street. Tonight, we highlight five just for you.

  • The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said on Monday that world oil demand in 2008 will grow moderately, while supply from rival producers will expand, reducing the need for crude from the exporter group.

  • Archer Daniels Midland said Wednesday it is reorganizing under a single operations group, a move that will lead to some managerial positions being eliminated at the largest U.S. food processor and ethanol maker.

  • “Power Lunch” is in San Francisco to focus on the role of  of venture capital in the economy – from alternative energy to biotech to new media  – and talk to major players in the field. 

  • Ethanol entrepreneurs making their moves

  • Fuel shortages in the U.S. Midwest are raising concerns corn farmers may have trouble harvesting their bumper crop this autumn.

  • Cramer’s new book, Mad Money: Watch TV, Get Rich, was written for one reason: to layout 20 important rules that help individual investors beat the big institutional money managers on the Street. Tonight, we highlight five just for you.

  • “Power Lunch” is in St. Louis to focus on biotechnology, medical research and energy generation – and talk to some major players.

  • Record corn costs and soft ethanol prices have combined to squeeze the profitability of U.S. biofuel producers and no respite is in sight, analysts said.

  • Global Warming

    When it comes to solving the fossil fuel crisis, it seems like every silver lining comes accompanied by a dark cloud.

  • Biofuel supporters are fighting criticism that the "green," alternative transport fuel has raised food prices and harms the environment, amid mounting evidence that the debate is harming the industry.

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    From bio-diesel to heat mining, companies are exploring all sorts of technologies in the search for legitimate alternative energy sources.

  • Wind turbines are seen in Dronten, the Netherlands, July 27, 2006. The Dutch have used windmills for centuries to pump water out of their low-lying country, and old-fashioned wooden mills are closely linked with their international image. But in the face of a large and growing lobby against the windmill's modern electricity-generating counterpart, the wind turbine, the country has now started moving them offshore and out of sight. (AP Photo/ Peter Dejong)

    Global sales from clean energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal power and biofuels could grow to as much as $1 trillion a year by 2030, U.S. bank Morgan Stanley has estimated.