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The Renewable Fuel Standard:  Mend It AND End It

The Renewable Fuel Standard:  Mend It AND End It

September 18, 2014 |

By Douglas L. Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” President Clinton gave a major speech in defense of affirmative action in 1995 entitled, “Mend It, Don’t End It”, an easily-remembered and clear summary of his policy approach.  So, to borrow a pitch and reformat the goal, my recommendations for fixing the current Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) work […]

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Emitters Protection Agency or Environmental Protection Agency?

Emitters Protection Agency or Environmental Protection Agency?

April 6, 2014 |

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. […]

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ILUC and the Renewable Fuel Standard: hard data appears for the first time

ILUC and the Renewable Fuel Standard: hard data appears for the first time

February 23, 2014 |

After six years of debate — finally a database appears on actual indirect land use change. The Partners? Including Google, UNEP, Imazon, the Center for Global Development, the University of Maryland, OSFAC, the Jane Goodall Institute The Funders? Including USAID, the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and GEF, UKAID, DANIDA, SIDA, the Bobolink Foundation, […]

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Last day! Get your comments on RFS to the EPA

Last day! Get your comments on RFS to the EPA

January 27, 2014 |

In Washington, today is the final day to submit comments to the EPA regarding the 2014 proposed volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2013–0747 via here or email to [email protected] You can also fax comments to (202) 566–1741. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that […]

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NBB Buzz: Heard on the floor at the 2014 Biodiesel Convention

NBB Buzz: Heard on the floor at the 2014 Biodiesel Convention

January 23, 2014 |

So, NBB packs it up and the delegates go home. What are the trends — what’s are the takeaways? The Digest’s overall take — and items heard on the floor this week. In California, NBB is now officially over. Key trends? We saw four. 1. In general, traffic and spirits were down from previous years. […]

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Hello, Hard Data Calling: 2013 RIN prices did not drive up gasoline prices

Hello, Hard Data Calling: 2013 RIN prices did not drive up gasoline prices

January 7, 2014 |

Remember the summer of 2013? The barbecues, the days at the beach, summer loves, school vacation. Er…and RINsanity, rising gas prices, and everyone in the oil lobby yelling “broken, broken, broken” while attempting blunt force trauma on the Renewable Fuel Standard. But was there actually any causal relationship between those rising RIN prices and gas […]

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EPA’s Christmas Gift to the Oil Refiners

EPA’s Christmas Gift to the Oil Refiners

December 29, 2013 |

“Now is the time for all biofuels stakeholders to speak up loudly and factually,” says BIO’s Brent Erickson, to reverse a mistake of “epic proportions”. By Brent Erickson, Executive VP and head of Industrial & Environmental section, BIO The Obama administration appears ready to give the oil refining industry the perfect gift this Christmas. If […]

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False Alarms vs Hard data: the Renewable Fuel Standard, the results, and the critics

False Alarms vs Hard data: the Renewable Fuel Standard, the results, and the critics

December 23, 2013 |

All those worries about the impact of biofuels on food prices, deforestation, Gulf hypoxia? The hard data is in – and looks good – and lots more too. In Washington, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 turned six this past week. The centerpiece of EISA was a greatly expanded Renewable Fuel Standard — […]

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Lewinsky’s Dress Syndrome and the EPA biofuels debacle

Lewinsky’s Dress Syndrome and the EPA biofuels debacle

November 24, 2013 |

So, the EPA hands down cruel cutbacks in renewable fuel targets as the Administration reels under Obamacare pressure. What happened to biofuels, why is “everyone’s friend” biodiesel getting the shaft, what’s next? And what is Lewinsky’s Dress Syndrome, anyway? Answers for your questions. On Friday November 15th, the EPA issued a proposal for the 2014 […]

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Statesmanship vs brinkmanship: collision of ethanol blend wall, US mandates is a biofuels inflection point

Statesmanship vs brinkmanship: collision of ethanol blend wall, US mandates is a biofuels inflection point

October 13, 2013 |

The EPA seeks a “goldilocks” number to push renewable fuels forward while averting a crisis over ethanol blending and RIN prices. The biofuels industry faces a significant decision over how to structure its response. The key: keep an eye on the biomass-based diesel targets. In Washington, a document identified as EPA’s draft proposal for 2014 […]

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