Tag: RFS

Do Liberals Hate Biofuels?

Do Liberals Hate Biofuels?

August 27, 2015 |

By Douglas L. Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative”, special to The Digest Most liberals don’t hate biofuels. But most don’t love them either, mainly because of their underlying environmental concerns about first-generation biofuels, corn starch ethanol and soy biodiesel. The left’s deep ambivalence toward biofuels is thus a mirror image of conservative views, amplifying that political […]

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Hillary Clinton out and proud about her support of RFS and ethanol overall

Hillary Clinton out and proud about her support of RFS and ethanol overall

August 26, 2015 |

In Iowa, Hillary Clinton has come out strongly in favor of ethanol as part of her rural development policy platform. She would seek to strengthen the RFS, to boost use of higher blends such as E15 and E85 as well as promote the development of advanced biofuels. From tax breaks to grants to supporting young […]

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BIO report says RFS has displaced 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil in its 10 years

BIO report says RFS has displaced 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil in its 10 years

August 24, 2015 |

In Washington, over its 10-year lifespan, the Renewable Fuel Standard s (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related carbon emissions by 589.33 million metric tons, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) finds in an analysis released Monday. The major findings of the […]

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Energy Resources Center says EPA shift on RFS equal to adding 1 million more passenger vehicles on the road 

Energy Resources Center says EPA shift on RFS equal to adding 1 million more passenger vehicles on the road 

August 18, 2015 |

In Illinois, a proposal by the U.S. EPA to change ethanol blending rules would significantly increase carbon emissions to the equivalent of adding nearly 1 million more passenger vehicles on the road, according to an analysis conducted by the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The findings come in the wake of proposed […]

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50 Grassroots events planned in support of Renewable Fuel Standard

50 Grassroots events planned in support of Renewable Fuel Standard

August 9, 2015 |

In Washington, more than fifty grassroots events are now scheduled take place at state and county fairs throughout the month of August, starting August 7th. Farmers and consumers will have the chance to inform and educate elected officials, and local and national media on the successes of the RFS in the past decade. Constituents from […]

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Jeb Bush gets off the fence and aims to phase out RFS

Jeb Bush gets off the fence and aims to phase out RFS

August 5, 2015 |

In Iowa, Jeb Bush has come out against the RFS after having been evasive on the issue since the start of his Presidential campaign, saying that though the policy worked for a time it needs to be phased out. He says instead, the best way to energy security is to let markets work. Republicans are […]

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Algae Biomass Organization calls EPA’s RFS proposal a “first step toward restoring the investment climate for advanced biofuels,” but says distribution must not be limited by administrative barriers, obligated party intransigence

Algae Biomass Organization calls EPA’s RFS proposal a “first step toward restoring the investment climate for advanced biofuels,” but says distribution must not be limited by administrative barriers, obligated party intransigence

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization added its voice to comments on the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposal for 2014-2016. We highlighted commentary from other parties here. Matt Carr, executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization, writes: EPA’s proposed RVOs for 2014-2016 represent a significant improvement over the prior notice of proposed rule-making released in […]

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200,000 comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard delivered to EPA: “Stand by me” says rural US to Washington

200,000 comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard delivered to EPA: “Stand by me” says rural US to Washington

July 27, 2015 |

In Washington, representatives from Fuels America and other advocates for “clean, secure, American energy” delivered over 200,000 comments to the EPA in support of a strong final rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard. This show of grassroots support comes on the final day of the comment period, and after widespread grassroots voices have come out […]

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University of Minnesota professor testifies against RFS in House hearing claiming pollution deaths

University of Minnesota professor testifies against RFS in House hearing claiming pollution deaths

July 23, 2015 |

In Washington, a University of Minnesota scientist told a House of Representatives committee hearing on the RFS on Thursday that ethanol mandates lead to more pollution-related deaths in the Midwest and East Coast. He pointed the finger at cellulosic ethanol as well, saying that it emits more of some pollutants than even gasoline. Growth Energy […]

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Grassley leads 36 Senators asking EPA for higher biodiesel quotas

Grassley leads 36 Senators asking EPA for higher biodiesel quotas

July 22, 2015 |

In Washington, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) led a bipartisan group of 36 senators in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase the proposed volumes it set for biodiesel production under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “While the proposal is a positive step for […]

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