Tag: BIO

Why Opposing the RFS Is Bad for Our National Security and Our Economy

By Brent Erickson Executive Vice President and Head, Industrial & Environmental Section, The Biotechnology Industry Organization Big oil companies and refiners continue the drumbeat against the RFS, even in the face of more Middle East military conflict, political instability and higher gas prices that are a result of the turmoil overseas. Amidst heavy lobbying efforts […]

July 3, 2014 More

The New Hillary, the new biotechnology, and the new world order

Hillary Clinton stops by the BIO International Convention to reflect on world leaders, pressing issues and not a little on climate change and the role of biotechnology. If you are a fan of the New Testament’s Book of James, you’ll remember the admonition that “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead,” […]

June 26, 2014 More

Dennis McGinn to deliver keynote address at BIO San Diego

In California, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment Dennis McGinn will deliver the keynote address at BIO’s International Convention’s Biofuels and Renewable Chemical Forum in San Diego this week. After the address, titled “National Security: Why We Need Industrial Biotechnology,” Mr. McGinn will hold a media availability to discuss the Navy’s […]

June 23, 2014 More

Carr tapped as new Algae Biomass Organization chief

Exits as BIO’s industrial biotech policy guru to become an Algae Czar.  Today, there are hundreds of biologists, engineers and commercial gurus leading algae to new heights in the labs, pilot plants, demonstration plants — even commercial-scale fermenters. Algae – the underlying source of a myriad of “available today” products from Omega-3 supplements to biodiesel, health and […]

June 18, 2014 More

When Refiners Cry Wolf, Who Will Be Fooled?

EPA’s proposed rule went too far in correcting a problem largely of the refiners’ own making. It’s in the nation’s interest to put the final RFS rule back on course. By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President; Head, Industrial & Environmental section Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Last year, it appears that the Philadelphia area oil refiners had […]

May 26, 2014 More

AEC, BIO, and 33 member companies send letter to Obama on 2014 RVO rule

In Washington, 33 advanced biofuels companies sent a letter to President Obama to express the industry’s concern about the proposed RVO rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard. Coordinated by the Advanced Ethanol Council and the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the letter asserts that “Given that more than 90 percent of future blending obligations under the […]

May 19, 2014 More

Heard on the Floor: The Buzz from the BIO World Congress

BIO was buzzing about: Policy stability, technology stability, price stability, feedstock supply stability. And the common term is…? Aromatics When in doubt, succinic. Are major players waiting to pick up technologies cheap? Abengoa: cellulosic ethanol by Q3. Delegates at the World Congress were also buzzing about news from Australia that the federal government has slashed […]

May 14, 2014 More

Farmatic says biogas can replace 50% of US transportation fuel needs?

In Pennsylvania, Farmatic will be presenting a study on Thursday which claims biogas can replace 50% of the US’s transportation fuel needs. Presented by Dr. Michael Schuppenhauer, President & CEO of Farmatic, the study is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and other research institutions. […]

May 12, 2014 More

Emitters Protection Agency or Environmental Protection Agency?

BIO: EPA’s proposed backslide on RFS will increase greenhouse gases By Brent Erickson Executive Vice President; Head, Industrial & Environmental Section The Biotechnology Industry Organization I cannot remember an EPA rule that would actually cause environmental backsliding, but the recent proposed rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will if it is not changed. […]

April 6, 2014 More

BIO urges EPA to speed up renewable fuel pathways process

In Washington, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement it will halt new petitions for renewable fuel pathways for approximately six months, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) urged the agency to speed up rather than slow down the Petition Process for New Renewable Fuel Pathways under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA first […]

April 2, 2014 More