Category: Policy

India’s Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways pushes for biofuels

India’s Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways pushes for biofuels

July 14, 2019 |

In India, at an event on Friday celebrating the launch of India’s first ethanol based motorcycle, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, spoke of how the use of biofuels, like ethanol and butanol in particular, could help India’s GDP growth and save foreign exchange, according to The Week. The Week reports that […]

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President Trump brings in Cabinet on hardship waiver issue keeping 40 applications on hold

President Trump brings in Cabinet on hardship waiver issue keeping 40 applications on hold

July 11, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that about 40 applications for small refinery hardship waivers are on hold while President Trump undergoes a review of the policies used to determine approvals for those exemptions. Three sources told Reuters that he has brought in the Cabinet to review the decision-making that has led to a four-fold increase in […]

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IATA slams French eco aviation tax as impeding transition to biofuels

IATA slams French eco aviation tax as impeding transition to biofuels

July 10, 2019 |

In France, the International Air Travel Association says that the new eco aviation carbon tax announced recently in France is misguided and goes counter to helping airlines transition towards cleaner fuels. It will also damage EUR100 billion that aviation generates for the French economy, and 500,000 new jobs are at risk from the lack of […]

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Canada’s conservative leader wants to scrap clean fuel standard

Canada’s conservative leader wants to scrap clean fuel standard

July 9, 2019 |

In Canada, The Canadian Press reports that the leader of the conservative party has written a letter to the Prime Minister that the new clean fuel standard that promotes increased use of biofuels to lower greenhouse gas emissions of fuels will increase prices at the pump by 4 cents per liter and reaching 11 cents […]

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Fossil fuel industry launches new ad campaign to “check” ethanol

Fossil fuel industry launches new ad campaign to “check” ethanol

July 8, 2019 |

In Washington, the American Fuel and Petroleum Manufacturers Association launched an advertising campaign asking President Trump to keep his promise to protect U.S. refiners from unchecked ethanol mandates that threaten to “kill our jobs.” This campaign comes on the heels of increasing calls from the ethanol industry to eliminate small refinery exemptions – a critical […]

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Latest resolution signed into RenovaBio to further boost Brazil’s ethanol sector

Latest resolution signed into RenovaBio to further boost Brazil’s ethanol sector

July 7, 2019 |

In Brazil, a new regulation, Resolution No. 791, recently signed by the Ministry of Mines and Energy into the country’s national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, is expected to boost the ethanol sector with the new decarbonization targets for fuel distributors. RenovaBio will come into full force in January 2020 and is estimated to include investments of […]

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Presidential candidates under fire for supporting biofuel but they’re not backing down

Presidential candidates under fire for supporting biofuel but they’re not backing down

July 4, 2019 |

In Iowa, Bloomberg reports that Mighty Earth’s efforts to pressure presidential candidates into not supporting biofuels so far isn’t working. The NGO says that ethanol from corn and biodiesel from soybeans are worse for the environment than fossil fuels, so are trying to pressure candidates by hitting them on their support for biofuels during fly-ins […]

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NBB Fair Trade Coalition slams Commerce’s review decision on Argentine biodiesel imports

NBB Fair Trade Coalition slams Commerce’s review decision on Argentine biodiesel imports

July 3, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition has criticized the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision in a “changed circumstances” review of countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. Commerce preliminarily found that Argentina’s recent changes to its export tax regime eliminated certain government subsidies provided to Argentina’s biodiesel producers. If these […]

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Gasolinegate unmasks collusion between EPA and oil industry over three decades

Gasolinegate unmasks collusion between EPA and oil industry over three decades

July 2, 2019 |

In Washington, three decades of inaction, neglect, and collusion with the oil industry by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has masked the true emission impacts of gasoline and caused significant harm to the public, according to a new report.  EPA’s headliner stories of the day questioning ethics and integrity are just the tip of […]

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Senator John Kennedy tells Ag Secretary to stay out of hardship waivers issue

Senator John Kennedy tells Ag Secretary to stay out of hardship waivers issue

July 1, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue in a letter that he will block the confirmation of department nominees until the USDA stops interfering with a program that protects Louisiana’s small refineries from financial devastation. He said at issue are hardship waivers – called Small Refinery […]

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