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please buy ethanol fuel March 02, 2005 7:03 PM

The use of ethanol fuel has been declining in Australia despite the fact that it is better for the environment and theeffective tax breaks the government gives it. This decline is caused by the bad press it has recieved and because fuel stations are using the 'ethanol free' label to imply better fuel. Please consider purchasing fuel with ethanol (up to 10%) nest time you fill up.  [ send green star]
 
 June 26, 2005 6:43 PM

Unfortunately the government has decided to reduce the fuel excise at a time when it should be increased.

http://finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,15736022-31037,00.html

NEW Nationals leader Mark Vaile says increased use of ethanol as a fuel supplement has the potential to temper rising petrol prices.

Mr Vaile today said high fuel prices had impacted on Australia's balance of trade and the trade deficit in petroleum products had significantly increased.

He said it was now somewhere in the vicinity of $5 billion.

Mr Vaile said it was a global market and the Government did not have a great deal of influence. "For a number of years now the Government has had a view, and it has been part of our platform through two elections, that we have 350 million litres of biofuels being used nationally by 2010," he said on Channel 9.

"One of the key ways of achieving that is the expansion and rollout of an ethanol industry.

"Obviously it will help temper those (rising prices).

"If we can replace some of the imported products with some domestically produced product and an environmentally friendly one, it is a good outcome."

Mr Vaile said the Government had frozen the indexation of the fuel price excise in 2001 because of concerns of its impact on rising prices.

He said that had impacted on government revenue in billions of dollars but it still benefitted consumers.

"Prior to that every year you would have a CPI increase on your excise on fuel and it compounded and compounded. We have frozen that and it remains frozen," he said.

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the wrong approach June 26, 2005 6:45 PM

http://finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,15735807-31037,00.html

THE Government could soften the impact of high petrol prices by cutting taxes and cracking down on the fuel cartels, Opposition Leader Kim Beazley said today.

Mr Beazley spoke out after Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday there was little he could do to ease the burden on motorists.
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ethanol June 26, 2005 6:55 PM

whilst the production of ethanol in australia may sound like a good idea, [at least, cash wise] i wonder about the production processes true eco footprint, as it still uses sugar, which is a subsidised industry, and an eco demon industry as well

how clean is ethanol in reality?

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 June 26, 2005 7:23 PM

It is a carbon sink, so it will help with global warming. But you are right about the sugar industry. It is destroying the reef. But, the subsidies are far less than the US sugar industry subsidies so it is probably a viable business, and the US subsidies should come down eventually. The rum they make certainly isn't subsidised. In any case, I think the ethanol is made from leftover products which are getting wasted at the moment.

The stuff they use to make ethanol could just as easily produce electricity, and has been used for that on a small scale. Given that QLD's electricity comes from coal, maybe that would be a better use for it. Then again, cars aren't real efficient users of oil.

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 June 27, 2005 6:16 AM

The best way to avoid global warming/dimming is to reduce your need for fuel consuming engines...
Row to your fishing spots Freediver instead of starting the outboard...
Reduce the use of cars, fourwheel drivers etc...Walking is good for the health and is no pollutive...
Shanks pony is the form of transport I recommend...
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 June 27, 2005 4:44 PM

Row? I swim.  [ send green star]
 
 June 27, 2005 5:39 PM

http://finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,15744361-31037,00.html

BANANA skins have been used to create a fuel replacement in what researchers say is a world-first study in Queensland.

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 September 22, 2005 6:58 PM

http://finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,16694838-31037,00.html

THE Government will work to reassure car owners about ethanol-blend petrol by ensuring that testing of vehicles using the blend is carried out.

Prime Minister John Howard announced yesterday that service stations would be allowed to sell some ethanol-blend petrol without labelling it, as part of a range of initiatives on biofuels.

Federal assistant treasurer Mal Brough today accused the Labor Party of damaging public confidence in ethanol-blend petrol by publicising a false story that the fuel had blown up an engine.

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 September 22, 2005 10:29 PM

http://finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,16695334-31037,00.html

AUSTRALIA'S biggest ethanol producer has stepped up pressure on the Government to mandate a 10 per cent blend of the additive in the nation's fuel supply.

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Bio-Diesel September 23, 2005 3:42 AM

On the ABC news there was talk of Ethanol damaging seals on engines. In our area we have a guy who drives a bio-diesel truck. There is also one at CERES in Collingwood.(Vic)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Bio diesel September 24, 2005 5:48 AM

Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.
Biodiesel is made through a chemical process called transesterification whereby the glycerin is separated from the fat or vegetable oil. The process leaves behind two products -- methyl esters (the chemical name for biodiesel) and glycerin (a valuable byproduct usually sold to be used in soaps and other products).
Biodiesel is better for the environment because it is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel. It is less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar. It is made from renewable resources such as soybeans, its use decreases dependence on foreign oil and contributes to our own economy.
http://www.biodiesel.org/resources/biodiesel_basics/default.shtm
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Car giants to back ethanol October 18, 2005 10:51 PM

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16966764-29277,00.html

THE car industry has thrown its weight behind ethanol-blended petrol.

Carmakers will tell drivers from next year that petrol blended with 10 per cent ethanol, known as E10, is safe for vehicles and will not affect warranties.

The message will be placed on every petrol-cap flap from January, News Ltd newspapers report.

The backflip follows a series of meetings between cabinet ministers and the chief executives of Ford, Holden, Toyota and Mitsubishi.

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said he would urge international carmakers to consider using E10 labelling for cars imported into Australia.

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Ethanol plant to be built November 07, 2005 11:08 PM

http://finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,17178222-31037,00.html

A $54 million ethanol plant is to be built in southeast Queensland to boost supplies of the alternative fuel.

Deputy Premier Anna Bligh today announced the State Government would link up with two Queensland companies the Queensland Fuel Group and Petro Fuels and Lubricants to begin construction of a bio-refinery near Dalby in mid-2006.

It will be the state's first dry mill ethanol plant, initially producing 40 million litres of ethanol annually from mid-2007.

Eventually, it is expected to turn out a minimum of 80 million litres a year

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All pumped up over Iemma's biofuel plan November 28, 2005 4:37 PM

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/all-pumped-up-over-iemmas-biofuel-plan/2005/11/28/1133026404771.html

All pumped up over Iemma's biofuel plan

THE State Government's announcement that its fleet of more than 3000 vehicles will use biofuels has raised the hopes of businesses looking to build ethanol plants in rural NSW.

Ethanol helps petrol burn more cleanly, and farmers have long hoped that the development of ethanol made from crops such as wheat will ensure better prices for their produce.

Mr Iemma made the announcement at the Manildra ethanol plant near Nowra and urged the Federal Government to mandate E10, a 10 per cent ethanol blend, in fuel. The Federal Government has set a target of 350 million litres of biofuel use by 2010.

E10 can safely be used in most vehicles built after 1986. Car makers have agreed to start putting labels on petrol caps of new cars stating E10 is acceptable.

Australia now produces only about 100 million litres of ethanol a year, less than 1 per cent of fuel use.

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