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An Alternative View of Biodiesel Production Profits: The Role of Retroactively Reinstated Blender Tax Credits
April 13, 2017 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois) Previous farmdoc daily articles (e.g. January 28, 2015; February 11, 2016; March 1, 2017) have documented a “feast or famine” pattern in production profitability of the U.S. biodiesel …

It’s Not the Tax, It’s the EPA.
April 10, 2017 – 10:46 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (Axios-Axios Generate) Axios’ Amy Harder asked an administration official about the prospects of a carbon tax, given that it has been rumored as a possible policy the White House could embrace. The official …

The Imports Cometh
April 5, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect …

US Biodiesel Blenders Tax Credit Should Be Considered Despite Lapse: Expert
April 4, 2017 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

by Eric Janssen (Platts)  The US biodiesel blenders tax credit should be taken into consideration even though the credits have lapsed because it is likely to be retroactively reinstated, according to a recent analysis from an …

ACE Takes RVP Message to Hill
April 4, 2017 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The American Coalition for Ethanol 9th annual DC fly-in last week brought the “Power by People” message to Capitol Hill, focused on allowing the sale of 15 percent ethanol blends all year …

Biodiesel Plant Manager Launches Petition to Reform US Tax Credit
April 4, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A biodiesel plant manager in Mississippi is doing his part to bring attention to the growing momentum to reinstate the expired $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit, and to reform the incentive …

Multiple State, Federal Bills Introduced to Stop the Spread of E15
March 24, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Daniel Strohl (Hemmings Daily)  …   The most extreme of those bills, H.R. 1314, which Virginia Representative Robert Goodlatte introduced, calls for the elimination of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the portion of the Clean …

Big Bird, You’re Fired! And All of You Enviros, too! Trump Thumps, Dumps in New Budget
March 20, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Good-bye ARPA-E, DOE, Loan Guarantee program, Energy Star, OPIC, USTDA, NEA, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. Even Big Bird gets the guillotine.  In Washington, the White House released …

Now is the Time to Act on RFS Reform: Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Re-introduce Bill to Reform Ethanol Mandate
March 14, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Office of Congressman Bob Goodlatte)  (R-Va 6))  Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Steve Womack (R-Ark.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) released the following statement today after reintroducing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act …

Jobs and Money Take Top Billing with American Biodiesel
March 8, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Industry Leaders Showcase biodiesel benefits with key influencers —  When it comes to American biodiesel, jobs and economic opportunities are the hot tickets. In town from across the nation, biodiesel industry leaders …

Battle Brewing over Ethanol Program Post 2022
March 7, 2017 – 8:53 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H. Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  Ethanol already supplies over 10 percent of the U.S. gasoline market and the fuel’s share is growing. Yet Congressman Bill Flores, who wants to see ethanol capped at 9.7 percent of the …

Smith and Loebsack Introduce Bill to Broaden Fuel Choices for Retailers and Consumers
March 7, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

(Office of Congressman Adrian Smith) Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) reintroduced legislation today to broaden fuel choices for retailers and consumers by expanding the existing waiver of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

Senate Bill Introduced to Give E15 Year-Round Market Presence
March 6, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bipartisan trio of Senators introduced a bill today that would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent, a move that would give E15 year-round market …

Ethanol a Hot Topic at ’17 Classic
March 6, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly (D) joined Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to introduce the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act last week, a bill that would …

Icahn on Point on RFS
March 6, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Carl Icahn was the administration official who called Bob Dinneen, CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, and told him an executive order changing the Renewable Fuel Standard is on the …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2017 – Day 2
March 6, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC guests heard Governor Paul LePage from Maine invite all of us to his beautiful Northern state that has many existing and promising biomass projects and even backyard farms …

RVO Clarity by June Top Priority for Biofuels Industry Leaders
March 2, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Amid an animated discussion of policy issues, one item gained the support of all five panelists: publication of the Renewable Fuels Standard renewable volume obligations for 2017 and 2018 …

The RFS in 2017: A Brave New World
February 28, 2017 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine)  … First, we must finalize the 2017 renewable volume obligation (RVO) rule for the RFS program. Second, we must push for the 2018 mandates to be published before the Nov. 30 …

Interview: AFPM President Calls for Biofuels Regulation Reform, End of RFS
February 27, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  The US ethanol market is ready to stand without support from government regulations and the Renewable Fuel Standard should be repealed, Chet Thompson, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemicals Manufacturers organization, …

Dipping a Toe into RFS Reform
February 21, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

By Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) A bipartisan group of lawmakers have begun discussing how to craft a compromise to update the decade-old rules governing the nation’s biofuel market and hope to draft a bill …

Rocky Road Ahead for Farm Bill’s Energy Title
February 20, 2017 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Farm Bill’s Energy Title provides loans and grants to farmers, ranchers and small businesses to encourage investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and the production of …

No Waiver? No Sense.
February 20, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry sees one-pound waiver for E15 as a no-brainer.  —  Perplexed about why E15 does not get a one-pound waiver? That’s a sign you clearly understand the …

The Republican Carbon Tax Is Republican, Say Republicans
February 18, 2017 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Robinson Meyer (The Atlantic) There’s just one problem: other Republicans.   …  But in an unregulated market, there’s no mechanism  to keep people from emitting carbon dioxide, because it is cheap.

So, et voilà, you invent …

EPA Staff Told to Prepare for Trump Executive Orders: Sources
February 16, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson, Timothy Gardner and Richard Valdmanis  (Reuters)  Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been told that President Donald Trump is preparing a handful of executive orders to reshape the agency, to be …

The Next Step in the Bioeconomy – Looking Beyond Fuels
February 13, 2017 – 9:41 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in the Office of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy (EERE), released its updated strategic plan in January. Revised every five years, …

The $40 Carbon Tax Is Dead as a Doornail, and Here’s Why
February 13, 2017 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, a group headed by former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Jim Baker proposed dramatically to introduce a $40 per ton carbon tax in order to address …

Who’s Still Fighting Climate Change? The U.S. Military
February 8, 2017 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Laura Parker (National Geographic)  Ten times a year, the Naval Station Norfolk floods. The entry road swamps. Connecting roads become impassable. Crossing from one side of the base to the other becomes impossible. Dockside, floodwaters …

A Taxing Issue for Ethanol Producers?
February 7, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Brian Kuehl and Donna Funk (K·Coe Isom) Will a possible US tax reform and border adjustability affect ethanol producers in the US? —  … There is a high likelihood that comprehensive tax reform legislation will become …

Florida Congressman Drafts Bill To ‘Completely Abolish’ The EPA
February 6, 2017 – 8:59 pm | No Comment

by Alexander C. Kaufman (Huffington Post)  And here you thought Donald Trump’s plans would devastate the agency.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has drafted a bill to “completely abolish” the Environmental Protection Agency, according to …

Republican Party Congressman Introduces Two Bills Aimed at Reforming Renewable Fuel Standard
February 3, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner)  Today (January 31, 2017), Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner introduced two bills aimed at reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the national biofuels mandate. Taken together, these bills call for the additional study …

Farm Bill: Lower Expectations
February 3, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom (DTN Progressive Farmer)  About two-thirds of a bipartisan group of around 50 lobbyists said this week they expect Congress not to finish the farm bill until 2019 and think that it will …

What Blend Wall? Why Facts Trump Rhetoric Every Time
January 25, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Half of U.S. states blended more than 10 percent ethanol, RFA’s president and CEO points out in his View from the Hill column —  Reps. Bill Flores, R-Texas, and …

A 20-Year-Old Startup
January 23, 2017 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Gene Gebolys (World Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Trying to make a living in biodiesel for two decades now, the hard way is about the only way it happens.

2016 was a breakthrough year for the biodiesel industry, and …

Trump Era Biodiesel? What’s Going to Happen?
January 23, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Triangle Biofuels Industries, Inc.) For most, it’s hard to guess what is going to happen for biodiesel under the Trump administration.   On the one hand, President Trump appears to be in favor of conventional petroleum …

Quo Vadis, Mr. President-Elect?
January 20, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This Administration is a team, so long as you generally understand that there’s one guy with the ball, he’s calling all the plays, and members of the Cabinet can block …

BRAG® Biofuels Industry Outlook For 2017
January 19, 2017 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group)  … Throughout his campaign for President, Trump repeatedly pledged his support for biofuels and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Indeed, it is this support that helped Trump win in …

Gearing Up for Farm Bill Season
January 6, 2017 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  EESI will take periodic looks at the ongoing debate surrounding the anticipated 2018 Farm Bill. This article is the first in the series.  — …  Amidst a backdrop …

Republicans Can Cancel Some Obama Environment Rules. But They’ll Have to Choose Carefully.
January 6, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  … Two bills under consideration in Congress, each expected to go to a swift vote, could help expedite the process of undoing recent regulations — or even make it more difficult …

The Clean Tech Primer 2017
January 6, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Raymond James released its Clean Tech Primer 2017, arguably the most cogent and concise summary of activity and prospects across the gamut from solar power through to …

API Wants to ‘Change the Conversation’ under Trump, Pruitt
January 5, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse)  American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard sees 2017 as a big moment in the life of the energy industry, and he hopes he has allies in the incoming administration.
Speaking at API’s …

Welch Outlines Ethanol Reform Agenda for New Congress
December 14, 2016 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

(Vermont Business Magazine) … Welch (Representative Peter Welch (D-VT))  will reintroduce the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act, which will reform the corn ethanol mandate while continuing to promote advanced biofuels, as well as …

Nebraska Congressman to Continue Push for More E-15 Sales
December 13, 2016 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Brent Martin (Nebraska Radio Network)  … Congressman Adrian Smith says the move helps the ethanol industry, but he adds more can be done. “I’m continuing to work on a bill that I introduced some time ago …

Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?
December 2, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, in Washington and Brussels, four news flashes on global renewable fuel volumes appeared on the radar. Can you safely ignore them and get on with other work, or is …

Biofuel Mandate Opponents Build Overhaul Momentum
November 25, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs (Bloomberg)  A Trump administration and new leadership of the Senate’s environment committee may breathe new life into efforts to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel standard, lawmakers and advocates say.

House …

Dems Shouldn’t Toss-Out Clean Energy Options. Especially Not Now
November 18, 2016 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Fitzpatrick (Real Clear Energy)  …  The latest attempt to tie our own hands behind our back is H.R. 5180, a bill that would neuter America’s most effective mechanism for bringing low-carbon liquid fuels …

Biofuel Mandate Opponents Build Overhaul Momentum
November 18, 2016 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs (Bloomberg BNA)  A Trump administration and new leadership of the Senate’s environment committee may breathe new life into efforts to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel standard, lawmakers and advocates say.

House …

New Survey: Vast Majority of Environmentalists Want RFS Corn Ethanol Mandates Reduced
November 14, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(American Council for Capital Formation)  With Incoming Trump Administration, Reforms to Ethanol Mandates Could Provide Early, Bipartisan Win  —  As the Trump administration readies to take the reins, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) could serve …

US Elections: Who Wins, Who Loses – What Trump’s Victory Means for the Bioeconomy
November 9, 2016 – 10:17 am | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digests)  In Washington, Donald Trump captured the US Presidency in an upset victory that confounded pollsters and political pundits even as it delighted supporters of his maverick candidacy based on themes …

Reject Backward Thinking on Carbon
November 7, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Carol Werner (Environmental and Energy Study Institute/Morning Consult)  … H.R. 5180, a proposal introduced by U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas), would place a 9.7 percent cap on consumption of homegrown biofuels, rolling back 11 years …

Get Ready for Divided Government, Again
November 6, 2016 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (The Cleantech Conservative/Biofuels Digest)  … America is divided in so many ways: by ideology, class, gender, education and race, and even by geography. There is a political and economic chasm between the …

NBB Urges Congress to Act on Biodiesel Tax Incentive
November 2, 2016 – 10:50 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine) The National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to House and Senate tax committee leaders urging extension of the biodiesel tax incentive before it expires Dec. 31. The letter was sent on behalf …

Biofuels Finance Conference Meets in Minneapolis
October 24, 2016 – 9:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … The lame duck Congress offers the next best chance for some movement on one issue important to the ethanol industry, said Brian Jennings, executive vice president of the American …

A Bridge from City to Country Made of Algae: An Algae Biomass Summit Preview
October 24, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As algae developers struggled to bring down costs within venture timelines, and then as global commodity prices plunged — algae companies began a steady re-focusing on the higher prices available …

Don’t Let Foreign Interests Prevent US Biofuels Future
October 21, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Retired Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton (The Hill/VoteVets.org)  Ninety-seven percent America’s motor fuel is blended with homegrown ethanol. From an energy security perspective, this is major progress that should be celebrated and encouraged.

Energy is not …

API Will Pursue RFS Reform during 2016 Lame-Duck Congress and Beyond
October 21, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Nick Snow (Oil & Gas Journal)  The American Petroleum Institute plans to press members of Congress to reform the federal Renewable Fuel Standard when the federal lawmakers return for their 2016 lame-duck session following …

Lies and Big Oil Fiction
October 21, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biofuel critics will continue to distort the truth to fit their own narrative, but you can bet the ethanol industry will hit back with the truth each …

Judge and Grassley Face off in Iowa U.S. Senate Debate
October 21, 2016 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by  Shelby Shepherd  (KWQC)  An hour before Trump and Clinton battled it out in Las Vegas, Iowa’s U.S. senate candidates battled it out in the western part the state they are fighting for.  Republican Sen. …

RFA: Data Show the So-Called “Blend Wall” Is Crumbling
October 20, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Gasoline supplied to the U.S. market last week contained an average of 10.4 percent ethanol, according to data released this morning by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). It was the second time …

BIO Asks Congress to Extend Critical Bioenergy Tax Credits During Lame-Duck
October 19, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  BIO today (October 18, 2016) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership, the Senate Finance Committee Chairs, and the House Ways and Means Committee Chairs calling for the extension of renewable energy tax credits …

Once More into the Blendwall Breach
October 19, 2016 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The American Petroleum Institute is hoping that when the EPA sets final biofuel volumes later this year, it will reduce the percentage of ethanol required for blending with gasoline to something …

With Hometown’s Cornfields in Mind, Shimkus Supports Renewable Fuel Standard Reform
October 18, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Ruth de Jauregui (Metro East Sun)  Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) recently expressed his readiness to lead the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on which he is the senior member, in pushing for Renewable Fuel Standard …

What’s Up with RINs Prices?
October 7, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  RINs prices have been making headlines in recent months, with prices at times crossing the psychologically important $1 per gallon mark. Echoing earlier complaints (farmdoc …

Conservatives, 1 Environmental Group Oppose Renewable Energy Tax Credit Extension
October 5, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jack Fitzpatrick (Morning Consult)  Two conservative organizations and an environmental group are opposing the extension of tax credits for certain renewable energy sources that Democrats have supported for months.  Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common …

It’s Time to End the Myth That High RIN Prices Prove Existence of the Blend Wall
October 4, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …  Data recently released by EPA refutes the widely held assumption that reaching and exceeding the blend wall caused the 2013 rise in RIN prices. This newly available …

Conservatives Call For Repeal of RFS
October 1, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(WHOTV.com)  The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, last week released a sweeping critique of U.S. agriculture policy.

In a 148 page report, the foundation called for Congress to revamp crop insurance and food standards.

It also …

Biodiesel Tax Credit Positioning Intensifies as Expiration Nears
September 29, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … The U.S. biodiesel industry, through its trade association the National Biodiesel Board, joined a broad coalition of 50-plus industry groups calling for action on tax extenders this year by sending …

Congress Should Not Be Allowed to Gut Fuel Efficiency Standards
September 28, 2016 – 7:29 am | No Comment

by Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) …  Automakers have adapted innovations more quickly than anticipated. They implemented technology that wasn’t even anticipated just four years ago and exceeded regulatory targets. As of last year, vehicles sold under …

Making the Case for Young Farmers
September 23, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Keith Norman (The Jamestown Sun)  … Kasey Bitz was one of 44 farmers participating in the North Dakota Farmers Union legislative fly-in that returned from Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14. Members of the group met …

Rep Black Intros Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Bill
September 22, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Another federal bill has been introduced to extend the biodiesel tax credit. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) has introduced the “Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Incentive Extension Act of 2016” (H.R. 5994). The …

Like Consumer Choice at the Pump? Don’t Back Blend Wall Bill
September 21, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz  (Renewable Fuels Association) If legislation was introduced that would prevent the latest iPhone from being sold and instead require users to return to the days of big brick phones and other technology relics, …

ACE Ad Buy Urges Congress to Act on RVP Legislation
September 21, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) kicked-off a two week ad campaign today in Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E), a Washington DC-based media outlet with five daily online publications and a …

NATSO Applauds Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit Legislation
September 20, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(NATSO/PR Newswire)  NATSO, the national association representing America’s travel plazas and truckstops, today applauded Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) for introducing the “Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Incentive Extension Act of 2016,” (H.R. 5994) that would extend …

Another Brick in the Blend Wall
September 20, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   The Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol producers trade group, is taking out ads in POLITICO, The Hill and Morning Consult opposing a bill that would cap the amount of renewable …

With More People Hitting the Road, It’s Time for a Carbon Tax
September 12, 2016 – 9:25 am | No Comment

(The Washington Post)  … Even with current conditions factored in, government experts project that fuel-efficiency standards will put much more downward pressure on gasoline use in coming years, helping to bring consumption well below historical highs …

The Companies of the Biobased Economy: The Multi-Slide Guide
September 9, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has released its new report “Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and Beyond,” documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable …

Landmark Report from BIO Charts $770B Renewable Chemicals and Materials Market by 2020
September 9, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization released a landmark report “Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and Beyond,” documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the …

It Is Time to Address RVP
August 23, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by  Mike Lorenz (Sheetz)   Back in 1990, Congress limited the amount of evaporative emissions from vehicle fuel at 9 pounds per square inch (psi) Reid vapor pressure (RVP) in the Clean Air Act. While pure …

EPA Commits to Meet Statutory RFS Reporting Requirements
August 22, 2016 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Aug. 18, the U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General published a report finding the EPA’s Office of Research and Development has not complied with a statutory requirements to …

Ned Bowman: Common Sense Renewable Fuel Legislation Is at the Forefront
August 16, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Ned Bowman (Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association/Florida Politics) …  The RFS was originally intended to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but over time the National Association of Clean Air Agencies discovered that it …

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Working as Intended?
August 12, 2016 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … With a potential omnibus spending package on the table this fall, the oil industry and some environmental groups have raised again the proposition of RFS reform.  Two major claims made …

August Is the Time to Reach Out and Meet Your Member of Congress
August 8, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels 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 …

How To Make Biofuel Policy Work
August 1, 2016 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Morteza Soleymannezhad (Forbes)  … In my opinion, RFS needs an overhaul. It should start phasing out first-generation biofuels and refocus solely on sustainable biofuels such as the ones obtained from cellulosic materials and algae.

As Jeff Turrentine, culture …

Climate Change Risk Threatens 18 U.S. Military Sites: Study
August 1, 2016 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report …

[Exclusive] Bioenergy Industry Consultant Critiques Scientists’ Letter to Congress
August 1, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Josh Schlossberg (The Biomass Monitor)  A white paper by a bioenergy industry consulting firm critiques a recent letter sent to Congress by 65 U.S. scientists opposing a carbon neutral “biomass” amendment to an energy policy …

ABC: Bill Signals Building Support for Nutrient Recycling, Biogas
July 25, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(American Biogas Council/Biomass Magazine)  Last week, Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Pat Robert, R-Kan., introduced new bipartisan legislation, the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (S 3248). This latest bill is a companion to identical House legislation …

All Smoke, No Fire on RFS Reform, Repeal Efforts
July 25, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  While Congress will be preoccupied with other legislative issues as it winds down this session, the RFA will continue to be on guard, hitting back at misinformation …

Inside EPA Reports On Loss Of Green Chemistry Provision From TSCA Reform
July 22, 2016 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Lynn L. Bergeson (Bergeson & Campbell/BRAG) On July 1, 2016, Inside EPA published “Committee Jurisdiction Issues Blocked Green Chemistry From TSCA Reform,” an article discussing the passage of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) law and …

People Want GMO Food Labeled — Which Is Pretty Much All They Know about GMOs
July 21, 2016 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  After years of fierce debate involving scientists, food manufacturers, farmers and environmental groups, Congress has passed a bill that would make it mandatory to inform consumers about the GMOs …

Carbon Cature and Utilization Act Would Support Algae Technologies
July 21, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and five of his Senate colleagues introduced today the Carbon Capture and Utilization Act of 2016, a bill that will provide provide tax credit support for algae …

US Senate Introduces Bill to Extend Biodiesel Tax Credit, Moves towards Producers’ Credit
July 21, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The US Senate has introduced a bill to extend the $1/gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2019 and to transform it from a blenders’ credit to a domestic production credit.

The bill mirrors a House …

40-Plus Groups Call on Congress to End Tax Breaks for Big Oil
July 17, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  More than 40 national organizations have called on Congress to end more than a century of tax breaks for the oil industry. In a letter to U.S. legislators, a diverse …

Bill Intro’d in Senate to Reform, Extend Tax Credit through 2019
July 15, 2016 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to extend the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2019 and restructure the incentive from a blenders credit to a domestic production credit. …

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Launches TSCAblog.com to Provide News and Analysis on TSCA Reform Implementation and Related Legal and Policy Developments
July 3, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)   Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) announced today the launch of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Blog (TSCAblog™) to track and report regulatory, scientific, legal, and policy developments under the “new TSCA.” …

Renewable Biofuels Are Vital to an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy
July 1, 2016 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by William Feehery (The Hill/DuPont Industrial Biosciences)   … One of the most vital and immediate tools at our disposal in the campaign for energy independence is renewable fuel. It is the only technology that can …

LaHood: Raise the Gas Tax or America’s ‘One Big Pothole’
June 30, 2016 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  Lawmakers must raise the gas tax and index it to inflation, or “America’s going to continue to be one big pothole,” former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today, using one …

TSCA Reform: EPA Publishes First Year Implementation Plan
June 30, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted an Implementation Plan that outlines EPA’s plans for early activities and actions under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st …

Study Finds Biodiesel Industry Supports Nearly 48,000 Jobs
June 28, 2016 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Nearly 100 biodiesel industry leaders are converging on Capitol Hill Tuesday to call for strong clean-fuels policy as a new study found that the industry is supporting nearly 48,000 jobs nationwide.

The study, …

RFS Hearing Finds New Issues to Dig into
June 27, 2016 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse)  … When it comes to land use, Colin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, testified that a University of Wisconsin study had shown that 7.3 million acres of land had …

Big Soy Crop No Help for U.S. Biofuel Makers Overrun by Imports
June 27, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Biodiesel plants idled as shipments from Asia, Argentina jump; Foreign supplies cheaper or cleaner than fuel from Midwest soy  —  Makers of renewable fuels derived from the vast soybean fields across the …

Proposed Bill Expands Tax Credit to Biogas-Based RNG
June 27, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  A bill (H.R. 5489) recently introduced to the House Ways and Means Committee on Space, Science and Technology would add more biogas applications to the list of technologies that qualify for …

House Hearing Focuses on RFS Implementation
June 27, 2016 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The event featured testimony from government officials, …

Industry CEO Asks Senate to Extend Tax Credits for Biogas
June 22, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Cole Rosengren (Waste Dive)  Steve Miller, CEO of Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems, testified in favor of more tax credits for biogas at a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing last week.  Miller advised a five-year energy …

NBB to Congress: Biodiesel Is Advanced Biofuel Success Story
June 22, 2016 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel is delivering the vast majority of Advanced Biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard and is poised for continued growth with strong policy, National Biodiesel Board Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne …

NFU Urges Military Biofuels Exemption to Be Removed from Defense Spending Bill
June 21, 2016 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union)  Repeated attempts to undermine the national security benefits of advanced biofuels through previous defense spending bills have been unsuccessful. As House lawmakers meet today to debate the Department of Defense Appropriations Act …

House Bill Could Help Small and Mid-Size Dairies Deal with Excess Nutrients
June 20, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On June 16, Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and Ron Kind (D-WI) along with 12 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors introduced the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 5489), which would expand the eligibility …

NFU Calls on Lawmakers to Stop Undermining #Biofuels
June 16, 2016 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  … The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on legislators to stop undermining national security and adopt the benefits of advanced biofuels.

“… The recurring attempts to quietly neutralize biofuels through the defense appropriations …

The Huge Flaw in How Congress Is Approaching Burning Wood for Energy
June 16, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  … The controversy centers on a specific provision in theHouse appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 regarding the burning of biomass (typically wood and other plant material) for energy. The bill proposes that …

TSCA: What Effect Will the TSCA Amendments Have on Proposed and Future Rulemakings?
June 14, 2016 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On June 7, 2016, the Senate passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) by voice vote and sent it to President Obama for signature. As reported …

GOP to Rule Out Carbon Tax
June 8, 2016 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) House Republicans this week will vote to condemn taxes on carbon dioxide emissions, slamming the door on an idea that some members of their party have flirted with in the past.

The …

Like Opera with TSCA-Nini
June 8, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico’s Morning Energy)  TSCA-NINI SINGS! The Senate swept aside any remaining procedural hurdles Tuesday night and passed a major revision of the Toxic Substances Control Act, sending one of the biggest environmental …

Renewable Fuel Volumes Disappoint
June 2, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Jane Fyksen (AgriView)  …  But the proposed increases fall short of National Corn Growers Association expectations. Chip Bowling, National Corn Grower president and Maryland farmer, said while the EPA has moved in a better …

Of Sausage-Making, DC and Bioenergy Budgets
June 2, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The signals coming out of Washington DC are so confusing, you might be wondering if there’s going to be a budget for the US Department of Energy for the fiscal …

Summer Brings Ethanol Quirk to Iowa Gas Stations
June 1, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Good (Des Moines Register/Good and Quick)  … Today, due to a combination of a quirk in federal regulation and the heavy-handed tactics of the oil industry, I walk out to my fuel pumps and …

After 40 years: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Toxic Substances Control Act reform
May 26, 2016 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform has been a “work in progress” for years. House and Senate passage in 2015 of substantive TSCA reform measures considerably improved the odds that …

What Kevin Cramer Is Telling Trump about Making American Energy Great Again
May 20, 2016 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  Say what you will about the EPA, but it doesn’t take the easy way out.  EPA issued its proposal for the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard yesterday, surprisingly early given that it has been …

National Biodiesel Board Commends Proposed Legislation to Extend Biodiesel Tax Incentive Through 2019
May 13, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal/National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board released the following statement from Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel after Reps. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., introduced legislation to extend the biodiesel tax …

Republicans Need to Embrace Renewables — on Their Terms
May 13, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Mark R. Maddox (American Action Forum/Livingston Group/The Hill)  … There is heartburn over subsidies, including concerns about federal dollars being used to support a largely private-sector enterprise that the majority of states have mandated. As well, …

Oil Market Manipulation Is Alive and Well
May 13, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/The Hill)  Opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) claim that the free hand of an unrestricted marketplace will guide biofuels into our fuel supply, driving economic …

Cruz Aims to Declaw Energy Security Hawks with Appropriations Amendment
May 13, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Def Con 2 alert from the biofuels educational and advocacy group (Advanced Biofuels USA) noted a House Subcommittee draft for defense appropriations, which had this language in Section 8132:

None …

Evidence of Benefits of Biofuels in Combating Climate Change is More than Ample
May 12, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … While recognition of the role of agriculture in meeting climate change challenges is growing among world leaders, it is of concern that biofuels and the low-carbon benefits they provide, especially when compared …

Lawmakers Seek Ethanol Cap: House Bill Would Codify Ethanol Blend Wall
May 11, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The ethanol industry has hit the blend wall where total production exceeds the available E10 market, and a small group of federal lawmakers wants to keep it that …

Defense Approps Stops Military from Spending on Low-GHG Fuels
May 11, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico’s Morning Energy 5/12/2016)  Straightening ME out on Section 526: The defense appropriation draft defunds any implementation of Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Section 526, as …

Corn Ethanol’s Success Post-2022
May 11, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Senator Mike Rounds, R-SD (Capital Journal)  In a recent letter to the editor, “Rounds sends mixed signals on ethanol,” the author’s critique was based on my decision to speak at an event sponsored by an anti-ethanol group. …

Hillary Clinton’s Climate and Energy Policies, Explained
May 10, 2016 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (Vox.com)  Media coverage of the Democratic primary has not shed much light on Hillary Clinton’s proposals for climate change and clean energy policy.  But oh, she has proposals. Lots of them! I …

Inaction in Congress Helping Ethanol Right Now
May 4, 2016 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Ethanol also remains stuck in a battle with EPA over vapor pressure with 15% ethanol over the summer months. 10% ethanol, E10, has such a waiver so it …

FutureMetrics Publishes Paper on Woody Biomass for Energy
May 3, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

FutureMetrics has a new whitepaper. A recent Washington Post editorial about using wood for energy was poorly informed. It was based on a letter sent to Congress by 65 “experts”. FutureMetrics’ new white paper is, …

Biomass Provision in Bipartisan Energy Bill Touches Environmental Flash Point
April 29, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  …  In the sweeping measure that was overall non-controversial, one provision in particular has some environmental groups in apoplexy – the categorization of biomass as carbon neutral.

Passed by voice vote …

Food & Ag Groups Urge Support for Biotech Education Provision
April 25, 2016 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Karen Batra (Biotech Now)  As the House Committee on Appropriations marks up the FY2017 agriculture spending bill, the Committee is considering $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance of” biotechnology, …

Republicans Propose Bill to Scrap Tax Credits for Animal Fat Biodiesel
April 22, 2016 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, seven Republican US Representatives led by Randy Weber of Texas have submitted a bill to disallow certain biodiesel and alternative fuel tax credits for fuels derived from animal …

Congress Tells EPA Biomass Is Carbon Neutral. Now What?
April 22, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Brittany Patterson (E&E/Climatewire)  Two amendments tucked inside the bipartisan energy bill that passed the Senate yesterday are elevating the question of whether biomass is a renewable energy source on par with wind and solar in …

How Reid Vapor Pressure Impacts #Ethanol
April 15, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) senior vice president Ron Lamberty gave a brief lesson on RVP to attendees at the organization’s annual legislative fly-in this week as they prepared to visit …

Advanced Biofuels Association Heads Unusual Team against Biodiesel Producers Tax Credit
April 15, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Advanced Biofuel Association has teamed with an unexpected group of lobbying partners in favor of keeping the biodiesel tax credit as a blenders credit. Partners include the National …

Where’s the Algae?
April 13, 2016 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This week, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced an amendment  that would provide tax credit support for carbon capture and utilization technologies that enable the conversion of CO2 into valuable …

Fact Sheet: A Brief History of Octane in Gasoline: From Lead to Ethanol
April 7, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A cornerstone of U.S. environmental policy has been the reduction of harmful tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks. Thanks to EPA regulations of mobile sources, air pollutants …

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy
April 6, 2016 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Congress changed mandatory funding for two key bioenergy programs – despite their tangible successes – through its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Omnibus spending bill. USDA’s Section 9003 Loan …

Biofuel Trade Associations Ask Congressional Leaders to Extend Advanced Biofuel Incentives
April 5, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Business Wire)  Today, six biofuel trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate leaders asking Congress for a multiyear extension of advanced biofuel tax credits. The Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Algae Biomass …

Election Impacts on the US Biofuels Markets
April 4, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Stratas Advisors)  The 2016 elections have raised clouds of questions for many involved in the US biofuels markets. The conflicting and inflated rhetoric surrounding biofuels and climate policy gives the impression that drastic change is …

Redefining Renewable Biomass: A Policy Change with Cascading Outcomes
April 4, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Katie E. Moore-Drougas, Daniel T. Schwartz, Laurel James and Jim Durglo (Brookings Institution)  … One solution that has the potential to substantially curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a change in the Energy Independence and Security …

A 21st-Century Investment in Productive, Sustainable Agriculture
March 22, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Margaret M. Zeigler (The Hill/Global Harvest Initiative)  … Held each year since 1973, National AG Day helps consumers, the administration and Congress understand how farmers grow safe and affordable food, and underscores the essential role of …

2016 National Renewable Energy Policy Forum: What’s Next? Driving Growth in a New Policy Landscape Explores a World of Clean Power Plans and Favorable Tax Incentives; Exposes Potential Cracks
March 19, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  For a meeting about renewable energy held on St. Patrick’s Day, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, began her address with appropriate …

Jerke: Despite Big Oil’s Efforts, Biofuels Are Moving U.S. Forward
March 18, 2016 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

by  Mike Jerke (Dickinson Press/Guardian Energy LLC) American-made ethanol is a clean-burning, environmentally friendly biofuel that represents an exciting step forward from dirty, foreign-sourced oil, yet an op-ed (“Renewable Fuel Standard continues to devastate”, March …

US EPA ‘Analyzing’ Potential Shift in RFS Obligation from Refiners to Blenders
March 18, 2016 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency is considering a request by several independent refiners to shift the responsibility for complying with the federal biofuels mandate to blenders, a top agency official said Wednesday.

But …

Life As We Might Have Known It: What If Ethanol Was Our Primary Engine Fuel
March 16, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by  Marc J. Rauch  (The Auto Channel)  … Our exchange began with his comments that government should not decide which fuel is the winner; that fossil fuels dominance over alternative fuels was due to consumer choice; …

An Open Letter to the New US House of Representatives Free Market Green Coalition – Without a Price on Pollution, There are No Market-Based Solutions to Clean Up the Environment
March 16, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  We welcome US Representatives Adam Kinzinger, Barbara Comstock, Joe Heck, Chris Gibson, Ryan Costello, Kevin Yoder, Richard Hanna, Dave Reichert, Elise Stefanik, Carlos Curbelo, Tom Reed and Bob Dold …

Smith Featured at Briefing Focused on E15
March 16, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Rep. Adrian Smith’s office/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., presented at a briefing March 1 to educate congressional staff on the impacts of a U.S. EPA regulation that currently prevents the sale of E15 …

ROGER WICKER: Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard
March 16, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Roger Wicker (Daily Journal)  America’s energy landscape has changed dramatically since the creation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) a decade ago. What began as a federal program to incorporate more biofuels – such …

King Supports Cruz And RFS
March 14, 2016 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(1380KCIM.com)  Congressman Steve King has endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the GOP Presidential nomination, causing many to ask Iowa’s fourth-district representative about his commitment to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). … Cruz’ plan is to …

The Miami Republican Debate: Trump vs. Cruz on Ethanol
March 14, 2016 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

(FactCheck) … Cruz said he bravely opposed ethanol mandates in Iowa where they are popular with corn growers, but Trump accused him of waffling on that issue.

During the run-up to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, Cruz publicly …

How Cheap Oil Is Undermining Obama’s Fuel-Economy Rules
March 14, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Brad Plummer (VOX)  … Note that the CAFE standards come up for a midterm review in 2017. Some automakers have been arguing that the rules should be weakened in light of recent low oil prices …

Cardin and Delaney: Clean Energy Rising
March 8, 2016 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Md. 6th) (The Hill) … Closer to home, the Chesapeake Bay communities of Smith Island and Tangier Island could be two of the first U.S. communities displaced …