Category: Policy

Oklahoma releases 7,564 pages of new EPA Administrator’s emails showing deep oil links

Oklahoma releases 7,564 pages of new EPA Administrator’s emails showing deep oil links

February 23, 2017 |

In Washington, 7,564 pages of emails by then-Oklahoma Attorney General, now-Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, following a freedom of information request and a court order to release them by the Center for Media and Democracy show the administrator’s very tight relationship with several key players in the oil and gas industry who went so […]

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Trump assures ethanol industry it remains key to national energy strategy

Trump assures ethanol industry it remains key to national energy strategy

February 22, 2017 |

In California, through a letter, President Donald Trump assured participants at the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego this week that ethanol remains an important part of the national energy strategy despite the appointment and confirmation of an EPA administrator who in the past has been a legal opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard and […]

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Five Senators ask Pruitt to address EPA’s volatility regulation inhibiting E15 sales

Five Senators ask Pruitt to address EPA’s volatility regulation inhibiting E15 sales

February 21, 2017 |

In Washington, five Senators, led by Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to address EPA’s volatility regulation that makes it more difficult to sell ethanol blends above 10% year-round. The senators asked the administrator to extend the 1-psi RVP waiver to E15 and other higher ethanol blends, “to […]

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Singapore shifts diesel taxes to volumetric as lead in to carbon tax

Singapore shifts diesel taxes to volumetric as lead in to carbon tax

February 20, 2017 |

In Singapore, in an effort to tax carbon emissions, the government has implemented a S$0.10 per liter duty on all diesel, both automotive and industrial, in an effort to promote a switch toward cleaner fuels. The tax on diesel vehicles is currently a lump annual sum but will switch to a volumetric tax in an […]

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EU headed for imported oil dependency via backtrack on conventional biofuels

EU headed for imported oil dependency via backtrack on conventional biofuels

February 19, 2017 |

In the EU, Emmanuel Desplechin,  Secretary-General, ePure wrote in Politico Europe that “Europe needs more ambition if it wants to decarbonize transport. Europe needs a realistic mix of renewable energy solutions — including low-emission fuels such as sustainably produced and renewable European ethanol — if it wants to achieve its goal of decarbonizing EU transport.” Desplechin adds that “the […]

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Shadow Scottish Environment Secretary calls for more action on circular economy

Shadow Scottish Environment Secretary calls for more action on circular economy

February 19, 2017 |

In Scotland, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Maurice Golden called for the Scottish Government to take more action on the circular economy at the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association’s (ADBA’s) inaugural Scottish National Conference in Glasgow. Golden, who led the Circular Economy Program for Zero Waste Scotland prior to being elected to the Scottish […]

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Hawaiian islands on track for 100% renewables in part thanks to biofuels

Hawaiian islands on track for 100% renewables in part thanks to biofuels

February 16, 2017 |

In Hawaii, biofuels have a strong role to play in helping the islands achieve their 100% renewable energy goals, with Molokai aiming for 2020, Lanai for 2030 and Maui for 2040, ahead of the state’s 2045 target. Though the islands are integrating solar and wind power into the electrical supply, generators continue to provide a […]

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Argentina could boost ethanol blending to 24% in next three years

Argentina could boost ethanol blending to 24% in next three years

February 15, 2017 |

In Argentina, the country could double its 12% ethanol blending mandate in the next two or three years to 2 billion liters as it looks to further prop up its sugarcane and corn industries while reducing energy imports. With corn production seen up 23% on the year to 37 million metric tons during 2016/17, sourcing […]

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Dem Senators send letter to White House Counsel demanding clarification on Icahn’s role

Dem Senators send letter to White House Counsel demanding clarification on Icahn’s role

February 14, 2017 |

In Washington, in a letter sent to White House Counsel Don McGahn Monday, a group of Senators demand to know what role oil refining executive Carl Icahn is playing in President Donald Trump’s White House, how he affected the selection of Scott Pruitt to be Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, and to […]

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Think tank releases treatise arguing against RFS

Think tank releases treatise arguing against RFS

February 13, 2017 |

In Washington, Downsizing Government has issued a treatise arguing for the elimination of biofuel blending policies, taking aim at the Renewable Fuel Standard in general. It claims the top-down approach of a mandate rather than voluntary blending that would maximize consumer benefits instead distorts the economy and that Congress should therefore end it. The please […]

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