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Outrageous. How dare they do this? It is as if Dubya is still at the helm with such a cavalier attitude. :B):

 

 

http://towardfreedom.com/home/content/view/1610/1/

 

 

Genetic Eucalyptus Trees Threaten Southern U.S.

 

Written by Anne Peterman and Orin Langelle

Thursday, 25 June 2009

 

The U.S. government is set to approve [1] a request from ArborGen, the genetically engineered (GE) tree research and development giant, for permission to plant 260,000 GE cold tolerant eucalyptus trees in 29 "field trials" across seven southern U.S. states. Approval of such a large-scale planting of these dangerous flowering GE forest trees in the U.S. is completely unprecedented. The GE eucalyptus, to be planted in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, would be allowed to flower and produce seeds, enabling them to potentially escape into native ecosystems and forests.

 

This is absolutely unprecedented--the government wants to approve the mass release of 260,000 flowering GE forest trees in so-called "field trials," stated Dr. Neil Carman who works with the Sierra Club in Texas. "You cannot call over a quarter of a million trees over 330 acres "field trials." These are experimental forests being planted outdoors under the disguise of "field trials" as a loophole. The government must produce an Environmental Impact Statement to carefully review all of the potential environmental threats from this large-scale GE tree release," Dr. Carman continued.

"ArborGen and their corporate owners, International Paper, Mead Westvaco and Rubicon [3] could not be more irresponsible. The large-scale planting of these GE eucalyptus would spell disaster," added Danna Smith, Executive Director of the North Carolina based Dogwood Alliance. "Already millions of acres of land in the South have been converted to pine plantations. We cannot afford to lose any more of the precious native forests of the South--and especially not to eucalyptus plantations, which could make kudzu [4] look tame by comparison," she continued.

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I wonder what is in this that they don't want people to know. They haven't put it up on their website either and TEN is being touted as a $4 stock.

 

Must have something about Arborgen's IPO plans in it.

 

RBC 08/07/2009 FORECAST REL: 1419 HRS Rubicon Limited FORECAST: RBC: Rubicon update - July 2009 Rubicon Limited have provided NZX with a copy of their July 2009 Update.

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A rocky road ahead it appears. Doesn't matter though so long as Arborgen gets IPO'ed and the royalties get paid.

 

http://towardfreedom.com/home/content/view/1623/1/

 

 

Public Overwhelmingly Rejects Genetically Engineered Trees

Written by Anne Peterman and Orin Langelle

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Nearly 17,500 public comments were sent to the US Department of Agriculture opposing their recommendation for approval of an ArborGen [1] proposal to plant over a quarter of a million genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees. Only 39 favorable comments were received by the USDA. If allowed, the plantings would take place on 330 acres of land across seven states in the Southern U.S., to supposedly feed future cellulosic ethanol production.

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Whats going on? This is a charge under Citi's aegis with exec's getting stock in lieu of salaries. Very small percent held by retail.

 

And the price is on a flyer recently.

 

This is a chance for Sir Hugh Fletcher to showcase his prowess like when, in his own words, lost the pulp and paper industry by selling it.

 

Will be interesting indeed. I am reminded of some political analysts comment, that says if a healthy polyarchy wishes to retain the look of a healthy democracy they need to periodically renew their oligarchs lest the oligarchs take the palace.

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No more sellers.

 

CITIC were once one of the largest investors in forestry in NZ in partnership with Fletcher Forests and BIL. They took a bath on the estate they went in to.

 

Their partner of the time is now chairman of RBC and the Chinese are all over everything at the moment. But this company has four US hedge funds as their main holders and Citi doing the baby sitting.

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The next big biofuel story if you ask me...forestry and cellulose in general. RBC owns fully one third of Arborgen and Moriarty is the Chairman of it. No wonder all the execs passed up their salaries in return for stock.

 

ArborGen and Clemson Form Research CooperativeTuesday, October 20, 2009

The cooperative will support South CarolinaÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s ethanol industry based on existing cellulose conversion technology, foster multi-agency collaboration and engage students in research and internships.

Cellulose-to-ethanol conversion is the practice of producing biofuel from cellulose ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ the fibrous material that makes up most of the plant matter of nonfood plants, such as switchgrass, wood chips and many other varieties.

 

Renewable energy sources such as biofuels can generate new industry clusters in South Carolina and help reduce the nationÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s dependence on fossil fuels.

 

ArborGen and Clemson will identify areas of joint research, including plant genetics and development, field trials, equipment engineering, material handling and woody biomass pretreatment.

 

Immediate research areas include coastal loblolly pine, sweetgum, eucalyptus and poplar trees as possible sources of renewable biofuel.

 

This partnership also will see Clemson engage ArborGen in the Bioenergy Collaborative, an interdisciplinary team investigating commercial bioethanol production in South Carolina. The public-private partnership represents all aspects of the cellulosic bioethanol fuel cycle, from feedstock through production and distribution.

 

The collaborative includes the research institutions of the Savannah River National Laboratory, South Carolina State University and Clemson University. Private partners include Fagen Engineering, Dyadic International and the Spinx Co.

 

Further, ArborGen and Clemson will engage undergraduate and graduate students through research projects, internships and other educational activities related to degree and non-degree programmes.

 

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¦ÃƒƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“We are very pleased to be working with Clemson on the very important subject of energy production in South Carolina,ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ said Barbara Wells, president and CEO of ArborGen.

 

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¦ÃƒƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“This kind of research has global implications for climate change, energy security and the long-term stability of our local and national economy, particularly as it can help develop the rural infrastructure and jobs we need,ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ she said.

 

Karl Kelly, director of corporate operations at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston, said that ArborGen is the world leader in tree improvement, with an extensive pipeline of world-class elite conventional pine and hardwood germplasm, and is the ideal partner to further the stateÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s cellulose to ethanol research.

 

Through improvements in tree productivity and wood characteristics, ArborGen trees have the potential to increase the value of renewable feedstock for traditional forest products, such as saw timber and pulpwood, and emerging bioenergy applications, Mr Kelly said. ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¦ÃƒƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“This relationship marks a big move for the collaborative into trees as a feedstock,ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ Mr Kelly said.

 

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¦ÃƒƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“ArborGen is a key industry leader ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ based in South Carolina ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ that can develop our existing switchgrass-to-ethanol program into other forms of biomass.ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ÂÂ

 

ClemsonÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s cross-university and statewide resources include a dedicated Experiment Station, research and education centers, plant genetics laboratories, agricultural research and equipment engineering, and forestry.

 

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MSF making its move for Tully (1st gen. biofuel feedstock), huge volume through on TEN yesterday, directors and execs taking equity in lieu of salary and fees and whole lot of very positive momentum being talked up in the AGM presentation yesterday.

 

Payday is almost here.

 

Strange thing is, the details of the spat between RBC and GEN over the lignin patents, EST database and other IP issues were never made known so we don't know just what the state of play is here. Although it has been revealed GEN expects to get royalties at some future date.

 

Convenient too is the Biofuels bill in Parliament which is scheduled to become law in Jan. Mandatory percentage of all fuel must be ethanol. Maybe this is why the shareholdings of the NZR and the retail outlets are being rejigged.

 

Apparently all the Caltex stations' tanks have been converted to be ethanol ready already. And according to one political wag on National Radio, there are three energy plants being built around NZ that nobody knows anything about. Enquiries were made to the Ministry of Economic Development but were completely stonewalled. Even OIA were declined.

 

So WTF is going on?

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Over 7% in a single trade after hours in TEN. Not a peep out of RBC or TEN. Three days to settle and then by law the new owner must disclose. But don't expect it, this is Weldonia in the words of Bruce Sheppard and we don't need rules and regs in this town if it doesn't suit.
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