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The Morning Briefing: Biofuel production

The Morning Briefing: Biofuel production

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about biofuel production.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about biofuel production.

1.) 19 solar, wind and biofuel stocks to watch. Focusing on eight areas in the alternative energy sector, leads were isolated in relation to 19 specific investment opportunities.

2.) The nexus between biofuels, energy, and agriculture. What role should biofuels fill in U.S. energy policy? And how would that role impact agricultural demands? Should Congress provide more or less than $800 million in funding to rural energy programs? What considerations, including those of the environment, economy, and energy security, should policymakers keep in mind when crafting biofuels policy?

3.) Tesoro, EPA in talks on biofuel-credit scam. San Antonio-based Tesoro Corp. is working to settle Environment Protection Agency allegations that it bought fraudulent biofuels credits on a $2 billion trading market that's emerged to meet federal clean-air mandates.

4.) Current and projected costs for biofuels from algae and pyrolysis. An academic's perspective.

5.) Berkeley lab-led team explores a way to create biofuels, minus the photosynthesis. Is there a new path to biofuels hiding in a handful of dirt? Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) biologist Steve Singer leads a group that wants to find out.

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure