Tag: Erickson

Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the River

Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the River

August 21, 2017 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Head of Industrial Biotechnology section, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest We were disappointed, but not surprised, to see Mike McAdams and his members come out in support of changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in Biofuels Digest (July 26 – The Time Has Come for RFS Reform). […]

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Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

February 10, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization USDA’s Section 9003 Program created by the comprehensive Farm Bill has successfully helped fund construction of biofuel biorefineries over the past six years and it is now expanding to launch renewable chemical facilities as well. Like other USDA programs, this loan guarantee enables manufacturers to access […]

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Will EPA Undercut the RFS at the Start of the Paris Climate Change Conference?

Will EPA Undercut the RFS at the Start of the Paris Climate Change Conference?

November 22, 2015 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, Biotechnology Industry Organization, special to The Digest With his planned visit to the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference in the coming weeks, President Obama seeks a leading role for the United States in addressing global climate change. Unfortunately, that leading role could be forfeited before the conference even gets under […]

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It’s Time for EPA to Get the RFS Back on Track

It’s Time for EPA to Get the RFS Back on Track

May 4, 2015 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice-President, Biotechnology Industry Organization, and Head, Industrial & Environmental Section EPA’s April announcement that it will re-propose the 2014 RFS volume obligations along with the 2015 and 2016 rules provides an opportunity for the agency to get this vital program back on track. To move forward, EPA must recognize that the […]

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Timely Implementation of Farm Bill Programs Is Vital for the Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Industry

Timely Implementation of Farm Bill Programs Is Vital for the Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Industry

March 8, 2015 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental, Biotechnology Industry Organization  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) as well as published the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BIO and the industrial biotech sector worked hard to ensure that these and other […]

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Congress Should Not Fix What Isn’t Broken

Congress Should Not Fix What Isn’t Broken

December 8, 2014 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, BIO; Head, Industrial & Environmental Section The underlying legal constructs of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) remain in working order, despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to issue a final 2014 rule and its other regulatory missteps. Over the past five years, the program spurred billions of dollars of […]

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The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold

The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold

November 23, 2014 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, BIO; Head, Industrial & Environmental Section EPA’s November surprise is as big a shock to the system as this year’s early arrival of cold weather. The decision not to finalize a 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) merely compounds the damage done to the advanced biofuel industry by […]

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Robust Economic Opportunities in the U.S. Biobased Economy

Robust Economic Opportunities in the U.S. Biobased Economy

October 21, 2014 |

By Brent Erickson, EVP, The Biotechnology Industry Organization Head, Industrial & Environmental section A report released a couple of weeks ago by the USDA’s BioPreferred Program, “Why Biobased?,” provides a very positive overview of economic opportunities in the emerging biobased economy. Those opportunities include a revival of U.S. manufacturing and new job creation, economic growth […]

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Why Opposing the RFS Is Bad for Our National Security and Our Economy

Why Opposing the RFS Is Bad for Our National Security and Our Economy

July 3, 2014 |

By Brent Erickson Executive Vice President and Head, Industrial & Environmental Section, The Biotechnology Industry Organization Big oil companies and refiners continue the drumbeat against the RFS, even in the face of more Middle East military conflict, political instability and higher gas prices that are a result of the turmoil overseas. Amidst heavy lobbying efforts […]

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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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