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U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times

With insurgents increasingly attacking the American fuel supply convoys that lumber across the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, the military is pushing aggressively to develop, test and deploy renewable energy to decrease its need to transport fossil fuels.

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Key Vote in US House Moves Forward Algae Biofuels

John Davis, Domestic Fuel

A key vote in the U.S. House of Representatives has moved forward a measure that will help the nation’s algae biofuels industry.

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A Big (Tax) Break for Algae Fuel Makers

Ucilia Wang, Gigaom

Although algae fuel is likely decades from powering our vehicles, federal lawmakers already are focusing on tax breaks for companies in the field. Just yesterday the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4168 that gives $1.01 per gallon of production tax credit to algae fuel producers.

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Green Crude Is The New Gold

Peggy Pico, KPBS

— “Green Crude” was named one of the best inventions by Time Magazine. The green fuel is made by Sapphire Energy in San Diego, and it doesn’t need fresh water or farm land to grow.

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The Navy Calls for More Algae Fuel

Michael Kanellos, Greentech Media

Solazyme to deliver 150,000 more gallons of algae fuel.

It works, apparently.

The U.S. Navy has signed a deal to get 150,000 gallons of algae fuel from Solazyme. A year ago, Solazyme signed a deal with the Navy to deliver 20,000 gallons of HRF-76 Naval Distillate. It has fulfilled that contract, so this new deal can be seen as a sign that the Navy is happy with the results. The fuel meets the Navy's specifications for a drop-in renewable replacement, says Solazyme.

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Our view: Tough times now, but hope on the horizon

Sun-News report

On a day set aside to honor the American worker, we spare a thought for those who have been unable to find work in what has become the most difficult job market since the Great Depression.

In September 2008, the collapse of the investment bank Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc. triggered a one-day loss of 504 points in the Dow Jones industrial average, and exposed a weakness that had spread throughout our financial markets. A recession greater than anything we've faced in decades soon followed.

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Sapphire Energy Named One of the Five Major Biofuels Companies Around the World

Andrea Marino, EnergyDigital

As the biofuels industry advances forward and grows globally, here is a look at five of its major players from around the world

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VIDEO: Sapphire Energy teams up with Correia Middle School and ScienceBridge for the 2010 San Diego Science Festival

ScienceBridge

Sapphire Energy teams up with Correia Middle School and ScienceBridge for the 2010 San Diego Science Festival. Here faculty and scientists work together to teach elementary students the fundamentals of scientific learning while giving them critical knowledge about contemporary issues developing around the world of science.

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Bill Gates: Spike in clean energy R&D needed

Martin LaMonica, CNET

Bill Gates has done some big thinking on energy and wants you to know: this is not an easy problem to solve.

Technology Review on Tuesday published an interview with the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist on multiple topics, including energy--a subject that Gates spends a considerable amount of time thinking about. The energy portion of the interview is here; a longer version touching on philanthropy is here. Both are worth reading in full.

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The Green Behind Green Crude

Jennifer McEntee, voiceofsandiego.org

Investors are a tough crowd to cultivate. Yet in the pond that is the biotechnology market, one product seems to be rising to the top like the green sludge it is: algae. Its potential use as biofuel is drawing venture money from places you might not expect. The reason: It could be both environmentally responsible and profitable.

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