Tag: Congress

August Is the Time to Reach Out and Meet Your Member of Congress

August Is the Time to Reach Out and Meet Your Member of Congress

August 7, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization; head, Industrial & Environmental Section Special to The Digest Members of Congress just returned to their home states and districts for the August recess to meet with constituents and campaign for the upcoming elections. You can be sure the oil producers will be seeking meetings with […]

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Anti-RFS bill in US Congress draws sharp fire from biofuels industry

Anti-RFS bill in US Congress draws sharp fire from biofuels industry

February 5, 2015 |

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, […]

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Brazil undertakes first steps in making B7 mandate permanent

Brazil undertakes first steps in making B7 mandate permanent

August 5, 2014 |

In Brazil, the national congress will begin deliberating this week whether or not to extend the president’s executive order this year to boost the biodiesel blend to 7%. The executive order had a 60-day sunset period but was extended by the president of the congress until September. Now the mixed group of congressional deputies must […]

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Florida rep. wants state house to send strong anti-RFS message to Congress

Florida rep. wants state house to send strong anti-RFS message to Congress

November 13, 2013 |

In Florida, Rep. Matt Gaetz has filed HM 243 urging the US Congress to repeal the RFS. The legislation is set for hearing during the 2014 regular session but hasn’t yet been assigned to a committee. Such types of legislation have no actual bearing on Congress or federal law but if passed is meant to send a […]

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BIO, member companies urge Congress to Pass Five-Year Farm Bill, maintain crucial language for renewable chemicals

BIO, member companies urge Congress to Pass Five-Year Farm Bill, maintain crucial language for renewable chemicals

September 30, 2013 |

In Washington, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, along with fifty renewable chemical companies and associated trade organizations wrote to the chairpersons and ranking members of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture, urging passage of a five-year Farm Bill that includes the Senate’s language on the Energy Title. The letter reads in part: “As leading domestic […]

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Run, Rufus, run: Congress, 2013 and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Run, Rufus, run: Congress, 2013 and the Renewable Fuel Standard

September 5, 2013 |

Will Congress “mess with the RFS”? As choruses of opponents and supporters clash, today the Digest looks at how 2013-14 might look like if Congress declines to bring forward an energy bill, and it is “business as usual” Oh, see. Oh, see Rufus. Funny, funny Rufus. Run, Rufus, run! The fall US legislative season is […]

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EPA tells Congress blend wall won’t be hit until 2014

EPA tells Congress blend wall won’t be hit until 2014

June 26, 2013 |

In Washington, the EPA told Congress that the E10 blend wall won’t be hit until 2014, giving more time to solve challenges in the supply and consumption of E15 while working towards higher blending requirements under the RFS in 2014. If consumption of ethanol doesn’t rise, then demand for other alternative fuels such as biodiesel […]

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US Congress passes “Fiscal cliff” deal

US Congress passes “Fiscal cliff” deal

January 2, 2013 |

Three key tax credits extended for cellulosic biofuels, biodiesel and renewable diesel; playing field leveled for algae; Farm Bill provisions extended In Washington, the US House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 257-167, a bill to avert a set of automatic tax increases that would have, according to economist consensus, sent the US spiraling […]

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Plans in Congress to kill military biofuels programs could derail $10 billion+ in economic activity

Plans in Congress to kill military biofuels programs could derail $10 billion+ in economic activity

November 14, 2012 |

In Washington, the US military’s plans to expand its use of biofuels in planes, ships and other vehicles would generate at least about $10 billion in economic activity and create more than 14,000 jobs by 2020, according to a report commissioned by Environmental Entrepreneurs. The report projected that between $9.6 billion and $19.8 billion of […]

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The Magoo Congress

The Magoo Congress

[ 0 ] February 24, 2011 |

It’s a Magoo Congress, peering at the headlines, intending well, heading up the wrong way on a one-way street. Egypt, Tunisia, Libya. It should remind us in so many ways of the period in 1989-1990 when oppressive regimes were toppling all across Eastern Europe. In an olden time, citizens across the Republic would be rolling […]

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