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 […]
In Washington, the EPA has confirmed it will release its RFS blending targets this spring for 2014—likely similar to what has already been published—as well as 2015 and 2016. Longer-term demand issues will also be addressed at the same time, taking into consideration concerns from the oil industry that blending has reached its peak.
In Washington, a bipartisan group of 32 U.S. senators wrote to the EPA Monday calling for the agency to quickly approve strong biodiesel volumes under the RFS for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Highlighting biodiesel’s track record as the only EPA-designated advanced biofuel under the RFS to reach commercial scale production nationwide, the senators expressed concern […]
From Washington comes the news that a group of four Democratic and Republican lawmakers said that they will introduce once again a RFS Reform Act bill, the latest in a series of bills aimed at eliminating markets for corn starch that compete with poultry and dairy interests. The legislation is not yet available via Congress.gov, […]
In Washington, Republican Representatives Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Steve Womack of Arkansas and Democrats Peter Welch of Vermont and Jim Costa of California has taken yet another bill to the House floor with the intention of reforming the RFS. The group failed to pass the bill in 2013. The RFS Reform Act seeks to […]
Eight years after then-Senator Obama co-sponsored a bill in Congress calling for a 60 billion gallon biofuels target, President Obama’s EPA slashes the Renewable Fuel Standard targets to wimpy levels, despite ample production capacity, bumper crops, and foreign investors waiting to pump capacity-building dollars into the US economy. Then the EPA cancels the slashed mandate order, but doesn’t restore the original one. Leaving […]
By Arthur M. Brownstein, formerly Manager, New Ventures Technology Division, ExxonMobil Growing concerns over global warming have led to Congressional enactment of renewable fuels legislation for motor vehicles. This has led to considerable international activity in the development and commercialization of such fuels. This activity is concisely captured in a new book published by Elsevier Inc. […]
In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency may at last finalize the 2014 RFS this spring. The statement was made during the National Biodiesel Board conference this week and then was confirmed by the EPA that the timing seemed on track but no more specifics were given.
Oil prices are down, energy stocks are plunging, and the investor mood is giving Lord of the Flies a run for its money for mix of peril, fantasy and pessimism. So why is the hard data for biofuels so much rosier than the global mood? AFICIONADOS OF SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS of the early 1970s may well recall […]
In Washington, incoming Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced this week six new Subcommittees that will be established during the 114th Congress and the Chair selections. The Interior Subcommittee, chaired by Cynthia Lummis (WY), will focus on issues related to the Department of Interior, Department of Energy, EPA, and USDA. Tackling the […]