Tag: Obama

Obama Administration launches Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge

Obama Administration launches Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge

November 15, 2016 |

In Washington, as part of a wide ranging policy announcement from the Obama Administration, the Department of Energy launched a Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge to develop ways to produce, at scale, widely affordable, advanced biofuels for transportation and industrial applications, one of seven Innovation Challenges that highlight clean energy areas with the potential to play […]

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President Obama’s State of the Union Address 2016: full-text

President Obama’s State of the Union Address 2016: full-text

January 12, 2016 |

The full text of the State of the Union address, as released by the White House just before the speech’s delivery. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union. And for this final one, I’m going […]

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Advanced biofuels industry leaders: Obama baits and switches on clean energy

Advanced biofuels industry leaders: Obama baits and switches on clean energy

September 19, 2015 |

In Washington, top executives from the advanced and cellulosic biofuels industry released a letter to President Obama on his Administration’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposal, showing how it represents a broken promise that undercuts investment in advanced biofuels, sends innovation and jobs overseas and flies in the face of the President’s statements in support of clean […]

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan: A “Huge Win for Algae”

Obama’s Clean Power Plan: A “Huge Win for Algae”

August 4, 2015 |

The EPA finalizes its rule for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and includes strong support for “carbon capture and use”. In Washington, the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan has been hailed by the Algae Biomass Organization and other sections of the advanced bioeconomy as a “huge win for algae” with its OK for carbon capture and […]

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Palm Oil industry accused of Human trafficking in Malaysia, as Obama Adminstration up Malaysia’s status in “Trafficking in Persons” report 

Palm Oil industry accused of Human trafficking in Malaysia, as Obama Adminstration up Malaysia’s status in “Trafficking in Persons” report 

July 27, 2015 |

A report in the Wall Street Journal fingered Malaysian grower Felda for a series of migrant worker abuses on Malaysian plantations — with explosive charges from workers of human trafficking. “They buy and sell us like cattle,” a Bangladeshi worker was quoted in the report. The Rainforest Action Network  is using the report to highlight […]

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Former Obama adviser sets out ideas to build a stronger RFS

Former Obama adviser sets out ideas to build a stronger RFS

April 16, 2015 |

In New York state, former member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2013-2014 James H. Stock has published a report via the Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy suggesting a number of reforms to the RFS that he argues would help achieve the twin climate and energy security goals first envisioned under […]

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Biofuels leaders respond to Feinstein-Toomey anti-RFS bill, and send Obama a letter

Biofuels leaders respond to Feinstein-Toomey anti-RFS bill, and send Obama a letter

February 26, 2015 |

You may find yourself wondering exactly why the centerpiece of the renewable fuels industry’s response to the introduction of the Toomey-Feinstein “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act” in Congress today is a letter to President Obama about EPA action or the lack thereof. In a nutshell, a variety of forces have joined forces against the RFS […]

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Obama set to sign biofuel tax credit extender bill in coming days

Obama set to sign biofuel tax credit extender bill in coming days

December 17, 2014 |

In Washington, the Senate passed the tax extenders bill in a 76 to 16 vote that included a $1 per gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credits, but they’re only valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. President Obama is expected to sign the bill in the next few days, as the House already […]

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Corn growers and other ag groups urge Obama to boost RFS

Corn growers and other ag groups urge Obama to boost RFS

November 12, 2014 |

In Washington, in a letter sent to President Obama last week, the National Corn Growers Association and several agricultural allies asked him to intervene with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard. “The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s proposed rule […]

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Obama: (Un)intentionally Reengineering the RFS for Big Oil?

Obama: (Un)intentionally Reengineering the RFS for Big Oil?

October 28, 2014 |

By Brooke Coleman, Executive Director, Advanced Ethanol Council As the renewable fuels industry awaits U.S. EPA’s final decision on the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO), it is extraordinary to think that President Obama still appears committed to adopting a methodological change to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pioneered by the biofuel industry’s most ardent foes. […]

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