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German Biodiesel Production Collapses: Output has dropped to 10 percent of capacity from 20 percent after a tax increase on January 1. Europe is trying to increase the use of biofuels but Germany says it can’t give up the revenue from fuel taxes – Reuters.

Xethanol Researchers Make Cellulosic Ethanol Gains: Working at the Forest Products Lab, researchers have achieved a 22 percent rate improvement and an 11 percent yield increase – Xethanol.

Carbon Policy Could Make Cleantech Explode “Overnight”: A Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner said that carbon control policies could “instantly make any green tech solution more cost-competitive with fossil-based competitors” – Reuters.

IPCC Chief to World – “Please Eat Less Meat”: Speaking in Paris, Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, stressed that simple personal lifestyle choices could reduce the build up of carbon in the atmosphere – AFP.

Ethanol Fuels Gigantic Profits for Cargill, Monsanto: Mosaic, giant fertilizer maker and Cargill subsidiary, reported its third straight quarter of triple digit growth. Monsanto recently reported profits three times higher than of those a year ago – Grist.

Lawmaker Says Cellulosic Ethanol a Decade Away: Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, told the Reuters Global Agriculture and Biofuel Summit that Bush’s goal of 2012 was “optimistic” – Reuters.

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