BIO Says Petroleum Refining Organizations Lying to Congress in Anti-Renewable Fuel Standard Campaign
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, Brent Erickson, executive vice president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) Industrial & Environmental Section, said, “Petroleum refining industry organizations are engaging in a misguided and misleading anti-Renewable Fuel Standard campaign, going so far as to provide factually incorrect information to Congress.
“In a letter to House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee leaders, AFPM President Charles Drevna falsely states that ‘cellulosic [biofuel] still does not exist.’ The facts contradict this statement. Blue Sugars, a company focused on commercializing cellulosic technology, has recently reported registering the first Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) for cellulosic biofuel with EPA. More companies are now working with EPA to register their cellulosic biofuel production on a commercial basis and generate these RINs. And numerous other companies have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to produce cellulosic biofuels and scale up projects from pilot, to demonstration and finally to commercial production levels. For instance, INEOS Bio is commissioning a cellulosic biorefinery in Florida and ready to start production of cellulosic ethanol from vegetative waste.
“BIO has mapped the biorefineries constructed by these companies during their path toward commercial production and assembled photographic evidence of the progress that U.S. advanced biofuel companies are making. We welcome Members of Congress and the American public to see for themselves. READ MORE