Chevron VP: forget cellulosic biofuel, build better cars

The oil industry is mounting a concerted push to roll back biofuel mandates, both in Washington and Sacramento.

At the federal level, oil lobbyists have joined with environmentalists and ranchers — a Coalition of the Unlikely — to block new rules increasing the amount of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline. They’ve attacked federal mandates for the production of cellulosic ethanol (derived from grasses and woody plants) as nothing more than wishful thinking, since very little of the stuff has been made to date.