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Sugar Cane Grows on Big Oil as $71 Billion Bet Outspends D.C.

Bloomberg -- BP Plc (BP/) has invested $7 billion in alternative energy since 2005. Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) is spending $600 million on a 10-year effort to turn algae into oil. And Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) has been buying up sugar cane mills, plantations and refineries to make ethanol in Brazil.

In the U.S., Shell already produces small lots of so-called drop-in biofuels--engine-ready products that can replace gasoline from a plant in Houston that uses sugar beets and crop waste.

On the way to a renewable energy future, a funny thing has happened: Big Oil has become the biggest investor in the race to create green fuels, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its May 14 issue. In the last decade, the industry says, it has put $71 billion into zero- and low-emission and renewable energy technologies.


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Submitted May 10, 2012 By: angel4me
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99dakota
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ok
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Message Posted: May 15, 2012 5:49:34 AM

sugar cane is highly damaging to the environment in which it is grown. Would be better to grow sugar beets.
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kimo: no surprise here. Maybe to others.
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Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:32:39 AM

Is Big Oil trying to corner the Alternative fuels market??
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:40:30 AM

Big Oil HAS to have something to screw the people with once all the crude is played out.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:18:14 AM

SWEET!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 1:36:45 AM

Sounds like we're getting off oil and the sugar cane.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 1:15:51 AM

Car runs like crap but has sweetest exhaust in neighborhood.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 1:14:08 AM

The American people will have to make up that $71 Billion bet. Big oil & a corrupt government will never lose only taxpayers.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 1:12:20 AM

yipes
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Old...
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 1:08:27 AM

old news.
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YA
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Does big oil have a crystal ball?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 1:05:43 AM

they better diversify or they are gonna find themselves at loss when people finally start buying alternative fuel vehicles.but this does not help U.S. right now.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 1:04:28 AM

Hard to believe.
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What!?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:57:43 AM

MMMMMMM Sugar kane...
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:56:45 AM

Still don't like using any food stuff for energy.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:56:28 AM

Technology will give us freedom from imported oil!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:55:59 AM

Lots of talk but nothing positive from it.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:54:16 AM

No where puts a dent in their profits. I only hope they do not do like they have done in the past and buy up the patents and not use the new technology for the common good.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:52:44 AM

options are always good
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:51:44 AM

This sounds like massive big oil spin. Lets keep them out of alternative fuels. I want to be done with these companies when it is all over.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:49:34 AM

Just stop burning corn...
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BP doing the right thing?!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:40:57 AM

good competitions to create alternatives to fossil fuel!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:40:49 AM

Stop making Ethanol, it stinks
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NatGas in cars. Burn it up. Cheap for now anyways.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:36:59 AM

Ethanol is not the answer.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:35:52 AM

Ethanol is not the answer.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:34:39 AM

Ok another option.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:32:32 AM

“Will [ethanol from sugar cane] be any more stable then corn ethanol when sitting in older engines and small engines?”

NO. Ethanol is ethanol, regardless of the source. Sugar cane has some advantages as a feedstock but the result is still a low-energy fuel with bad side effects.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:30:24 AM

good
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Okay, oil will someday run out.
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Ok
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yes
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:28:56 AM

Looks like big oil wants to control that market to.
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We will see.
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Time will tell.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:27:13 AM

Better sugar cane than corn
I think I read where they can use the scraps etc from the sugar cane to make ethanol
Other questions remain, how much energy is required to make ethanol and how much water
I read where it take almost as much energy to make ethanol and is derived in the final product, that may be with corm and not sugar cane though
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:26:53 AM

Even from sugar cane, it's still ethanol!

1. Does it take more energy to produce then it yields in fuel energy like ethanol from corn?

2. Will this cause enough of a shift in acreage planted to raise food prices as corn ethanol has?

3. Will it be any more stable then corn ethanol when sitting in older engines and small engines?At least our tax dollars can be saved.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:21:49 AM

No plant derived fuel as efficient or clean burning as petroleum, but politics in this country stigmatizes oil, so why not divert attention to "alternative fuels" instead of drilling for our abundant oil resource right here at home?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:19:57 AM

Do you think it's going to work for us ?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:18:41 AM

go for it
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Keep alternatives viable.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:17:08 AM

Sure, then they could lock up discoveries.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 12:15:49 AM

Keep working on the technology.
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