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API’s Super Bowl Push
February 6, 2017 – 3:46 pm | One Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) During the Super Bowl, the American Petroleum Institute launched its new advertising push, Power Past Impossible, highlighting what it says are the unexpected benefits of oil and natural gas. Here’s …

The Oil War Is Only Just Getting Started
February 3, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Tsvetana Paraskova (OilPrice.com) … Although this view that low-cost producers would try to seize more market share comes from an oil major with significant interests in Russia and Iraq, for example, BP may not be …

Urban Air Initiative Calls on EPA to Withdraw Erroneous Vehicle Emissions Model
February 2, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Stakeholders including the states of Kansas and Nebraska joined the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and the Energy Future Coalition as they petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to correct the agency’s flawed …

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 …

EPA Denies Petition to Waive Advanced Biofuels Requirements
January 19, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. environmental regulators have denied a request from oil refiners to waive some of their advanced biofuels use requirements from 2016, in what is likely to be one of the Obama …

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 …

Innovative R&D Model: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Total’s Bio-Based Products
January 5, 2017 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We reported in April that Total is betting on the future of renewables by developing a Gas, Renewables & Power segment as part of its current restructuring process that will be implemented by …

World Petroleum Council Guide to Biofuels
December 20, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(World Petroleum Council)  ‘Biofuels’ will be the 6th in the series of the WPC’s educational guides and will focus on the use of biofuels and their role in our current and future global energy supply.

It …

Birth of Mideast Renewables?
December 13, 2016 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Squeezed budgets from low oil prices since mid-2014, combined with rising energy demand, will boost demand for renewable energy and efficiency technologies across the Middle East, according to a …

‘The Daily Show’ Attempts To Find The ‘Badassery’ In The Navy’s Embrace Of Biofuel
December 8, 2016 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Dan Macrae (UPROXX) …  The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj discovered, the U.S. Navy is currently embracing a new green era. … On tonight’s edition of the Comedy Central news program, Minhaj investigated the navy’s shift …

Renewable Fuels: Good Policy and Good Politics For Democrats
December 7, 2016 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jon Soltz (VoteVets.org)  … (A)s a veteran who has worked to elect progressive leaders from across the country, let me offer one step that Democrats could take immediately to demonstrate their commitment to economic …

Shell Studies Green Energy Deals to Prepare for Future after Oil
November 30, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso (Reuters/Yahoo! Finance)  Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second-biggest publicly listed oil company, is studying acquisitions in the green energy sector, its CEO told Reuters, as it bows to shareholder …

Emails Show Collusion against Ethanol
November 18, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … This one’s about the U.S. EPA and a Freedom of Information Act request that uncovered emails providing evidence of collusion between EPA and the oil industry to …

Trump Can Make the U.S. Energy-Independent—If He Goes Green
November 17, 2016 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Geoffrey Smith (Fortune)  The U.S. can realize President-elect Donald Trump’s dream of independence from foreign oil “foes” and “cartels”–but he likely won’t live to see it unless he embraces the kinds of policies he’s …

Loran Schmit: Ethanol Has Been Good for Nebraska
November 9, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Loran Schmit (Omaha World-Herald)  In 1971, Nebraska state senators championed legislation to establish the nation’s first state ethanol development program. As a farmer and state senator at the time, it was clear to me that …

Time to Rein in the EPA
November 6, 2016 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by  Dale Christensen (Glacial Lakes Corn Processors/The Hill)  … EPA has either through ignorance at best or malice at worst failed to make our continued transition to cleaner, renewable fuels an easier path.   Recall the nearly …

Big Oil Pledges $1 Billion for Gas Technologies to Fight Climate Change
November 5, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso (Reuters/Yahoo! News)  Some of the world’s biggest oil companies, including Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell , pledged on Friday to invest $1 billion to develop climate-friendly technologies as a …

Exclusive: Oil Majors Join Forces in Climate Push with Renewable Energy Fund
November 2, 2016 – 9:46 pm | No Comment

by Ron Bousso (Reuters)  Top oil companies including Saudi Aramco and Shell are joining forces to create an investment fund to develop technologies to promote renewable energy, as they seek an active role in the …

UAI: EPA Emails Show Oil Industry Helped Design Test Fuels
October 20, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Urban Air Initiative has discovered that the U.S. EPA relied heavily on the oil industry to help design test fuels used for the EPAct Study. This is a critical …

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 …

Jolt of Electricity for RFS
October 10, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   The Obama administration’s latest effort to stimulate sales of electric vehicles could deliver a political boost to supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard, aligning automakers with biofuel backers against the …

Ecofiscal Commission’s Biofuel Report Is Deeply Flawed, a Step Backward for Climate Action
October 5, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/Newswire)  A controversial report was released today (October 4, 2016) by Canada’s Ecofiscal commission that misses the mark on practical guidance for reducing climate change emissions in transportation. If the recommendations in Course …

Isobutanol: A New Product from Revamped Ethanol Plants
September 29, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jess Hewitt and Kapil S Lokare (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   … Now, there is also competition for production between renewable fuels. Ethanol plants can produce fuel ethanol but they can also be retrofitted or …

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, …

Driven by Propel Fuels, California Now Leads the Nation in Low Carbon Fuels
September 15, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Propel/MarketWired)  Young and Diverse Californians at the Center of Surge in Low Carbon Fuel Volumes in Major Oil Industry Transition  —  California’s Big Oil disrupting climate-change policies have been extended to 2030, and the state …

Oil Glut Forecasted into 2017 as Demand in Asia Is ‘Wobbly’
September 14, 2016 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The much-anticipated rebalancing of oil markets appears to be a bit further away after the International Energy Agency revised its forecast, trimming its expectations for the growth in oil …

It’s Time To Rethink The Value Of PhD: Distrusting the “Other” Doctors Advice on Engine Fuels
September 12, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch  (The Auto Channel)  … Tobacco advertising that promoted doctor-endorsements appeared in all consumer media as well as leading medical publications like “The New England Journal of Medicine” and “The Journal of the American …

The EU Aims for Bioeconomy Perfect, by Tossing out the Good
September 12, 2016 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he EU has put itself on a fast-track to limit, if not abandon, first-generation biofuels and focus almost exclusively for its carbon future on advanced biofuels.

Europe has a lot …

Boom in Oil Production Causes Bust in Prairie Sod
August 25, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Mr. (Mark) Perry suggests (without any scientific support or a single citation) that ethanol expansion has somehow led to “destruction” of prairie in the Great Plains, but says not …

Big Oil’s Glass House
August 25, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/U.S. News and World Report)  … Indeed, it’s fairly obvious that (Mark) Perry’s yarn is simply intended to shift attention away from the real culprit behind destruction of prairie in the Great …

Renewable Fuels Deserve a Place at the Pump
August 23, 2016 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (The American Spectator)  The case for alternative energy done right.  —  … No other policy has so effectively undermined the international oil cartel that seeks to profit from our dependence on oil.

Today, ethanol …

The RINferno, as It Burns up America’s Venture into Advanced Biofuels
August 19, 2016 – 7:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s a separate category of RINs for advanced biofuels. These are fuels that have at least a 50% reduction in fossil fuels compared to 2005 baseline gasoline. Overall, to qualify …

RINferno
August 17, 2016 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Let me see if we got this right. Donald Trump loves the Renewable Fuel Standard  —   Carl Icahn loves Donald Trump   —   Therefore, Carl Icahn hates the Renewable Fuel Standard

With that, …

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t
August 12, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by fossil fuels remains the reality.  —  … First, environmentalists complained we were paying farmers too much …

In Pitting Biofuels against the Environment, Only Clear Winner Is Oil
August 11, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (The Hill/Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The total amount of U.S. land under production by American farmers is down– not just over the last 50 or 100 years, but also over the last decade according …

Oil Group to Advertise for Reforms to EPA’s Biofuel Mandate
August 10, 2016 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Feldscher (The Washington Examiner)  The oil industry is planning to make a major advertising push in a wide swath of states against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard in the coming weeks.  Frank …

Blend Wall Crumbles in Retailers’ Eyes
August 5, 2016 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There is no such thing as a 10 percent blend wall unless petroleum marketers don’t allow a choice. Independent retailers are demonstrating the blend wall can be breached. — …

CEI Releases Another Anti-#RFS Report
August 3, 2016 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  A new report released this week by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is arguing that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be repealed for its “numerous economic, ethical and real-world problems”. …

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t
August 3, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by fossil fuels remains the reality.  —  The politics of green energy have evolved over the …

Valero Says RFS Compliance Costs Are Soaring; Renewable Industry Snaps Back “Poor Capacity Planning”
August 1, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Reuters is reporting that “Valero Energy expects to get hit with a half-billion-dollar bill in the second half of the year” and the news agency attributed the costs …

Bloomberg Gets Duped by Anti-RFS Crowd
August 1, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Here we go again. We didn’t think it could get much worse than the Associated Press hit piece on ethanol in late 2013. But an ethanol hatchet job by …

Oil Majors Lost One Engine; Now the Second One Is Sputtering
July 27, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Javier Blas (Bloomberg)  BP says second-quarter refining margins drop to 6-year low; Downstream business was key last year in cushioning cheap oil  —  If Big Oil was a two-engine airplane, you could say it’s been flying …

New Documents Reveal Denial Playbook Originated with Big Oil, Not Big Tobacco
July 20, 2016 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Center for International Environmental Law)  Industry documents show common playbook is decades older than previously recognized  —  New research by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) not only confirms that the tobacco and fossil …

“Tough Couple of Years, but Survivors Scaling”: DOE’s Bioenergy 2016 Looks Optimistically at Biofuels Future
July 18, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Ed Dodge (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a commercialization panel said that “the biofuels industry has been through a tough couple of years, but the survivors are scaling up and bringing product to market. The …

OPEC Is Winning the Market Share War
July 18, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Summer Said (The Wall Street Journal)  Middle Eastern oil production rose to a record-high of 31.5 million barrels a day in June  —  The Middle East is back as the world’s dominant oil-producing region, …

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 …

Can Saudi Arabia Pivot Away from Oil? A Powerful Prince Brings His Pitch to America.
June 14, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Brian Murphy (The Washington Post)  …  When Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, begins meetings this week in Washington and New York, he will be pitching an audacious idea: How the kingdom …

ADM, Biofuel Supporters Say EPA Underestimates Use of Higher-Ethanol Fuels
June 10, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Archer Daniels Midland Co and other supporters of biofuels on Thursday said U.S. regulators grossly underestimated the amount of higher-ethanol fuel blends at pumps when requirements for next year’s use of …

Shell Confirms Plans to Boost Low-Carbon Biofuels Portfolio as It Unveils New Energies Plan
June 8, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced that it intends to build a new energies portfolio that would include biofuels, hydrogen, solar and wind assets.

The company recently unveiled a new medium-term strategy …

Biofuels Are Proven Winners – But Still Get No Respect
June 1, 2016 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (AgriPulse)  The 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposed by EPA disappointed both biofuels and fossil fuels advocates. That’s because EPA set next year’s mandate for corn ethanol at 14.8 billion gallons – 200 …

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 …

European Bioethanol Offers 15% CO2 Reductions in Transport – Blocking It Is a Form of Climate Crime
May 23, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by James Cogan (Biofuels Digest/Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd.)  … The European Commission in Brussels is right now putting the finishing touches to a Communication on Transport Decarbonisation, due out this summer.  …  There is a risk …

Smoke & Fumes
May 22, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(Center for International Environmental Law)  This is a story about how the world’s most powerful industry used science, communications, and consumer psychology to shape the public debate over climate change. And it begins earlier—decades earlier—than …

Big Oil Could Have Cut CO2 Emissions In 1970s — But Did Nothing
May 20, 2016 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Chris D’Angelo (The Huffington Post)  New documents show the industry chose to prioritize costs over the planet.  In 1963, Esso (now Exxon Mobil) patented a design for a “novel and highly efficient electrode“ for …

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 …

The E15 Perspective from Those Marketing the Fuel
May 12, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Maura Keller (Fuel Marketer News)  … The argument among those marketers and retailers that have embraced the fuel is that E15 fuel allows them to market a cleaner-burning, higher-octane fuel that can technically be used by …

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 …

Oil Firms Have 10 Years to Change Strategy or Face ‘Short, Brutish End’
May 11, 2016 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Terry Macalister (The Guardian)  Business models employed by multinationals such as Shell and BP are no longer fit for purpose, warns energy expert — … Paul Stephens, a fellow at Chatham House thinktank, said in a …

Oil Majors Worth More Adopting 2˚C Pathway, Independent Stress Test Finds
May 6, 2016 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Carbon Tracker)  The upstream assets of the world’s seven largest privately owned listed oil and gas companies could collectively be worth $100 billion more if they aligned their investment plans with the 2˚C target, a …

AP Interview: Corruption Probe Holds Lessons for Monaco
April 1, 2016 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Angela Charlton (Associated Press/Washington Post)  Monaco’s government says it’s investigating how an alleged vast oil corruption scandal involving a Monaco-based company long went unnoticed, even though the principality has opened up its financial sector …

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 …

No, America’s Not ‘Off Foreign Oil’
March 16, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/The Daily Caller)  The recent article, “America is off Foreign Oil, No Thanks to Ethanol” has it all wrong.  First of all, America is not completely “off” foreign oil, as …

UW Scientists Team up with Big Oil to Develop Renewable Jet Fuel
February 24, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Content  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)  …  In one project among several around the nation, ExxonMobil is working with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on technology to bring down the cost of renewable …

Despite Lawsuits, EPA Investigation, Renewable Fuel Standard ‘Not Doomed’
February 22, 2016 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Lyons Hardcastle  (Enviromental Leader)  In the latest efforts to repeal the US biofuel mandate, last week the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers both filed lawsuits challenging the Renewable Fuel …

Oil Consumers Puppets on a String
February 22, 2016 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With the technology we have today, it’s a disgrace that we still largely depend on oil as our main source of energy, writes Mike Bryan. … The oil industry is …

Presidential Hopeful Would Eliminate Ethanol Subsidies
December 15, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by James Q. Lynch (The Gazette/AgriView)  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is defending his energy plan that would terminate federal support for ethanol production, claiming that ending subsidies for all forms of energy would expand the …

Obama’s Climate Change Hypocrisy
December 11, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  Some commentators have argued President Barack Obama suffers from a failure of leadership. That was evidenced once again last week when he traveled to Paris to demand the world cut …

SDFU Delegates Vote to Take Pro-E30 Challenge
December 11, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  The South Dakota Farmers Union celebrated its 100th annual meeting by taking another step forward in history by unanimously passing a resolution that dedicates its members to use a 30 percent …

EPA Won’t Compel Biofuel Market Changes: Update
December 9, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  The Environmental Protection Agency expects sales of high-ethanol gasoline blends to climb next year but will not use federal mandates to compel retailers to offer the fuels.

The distinction, laid out in a lengthy …

DEQ Proposes Last Minute Clean Fuels Tweaks
December 9, 2015 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Taylor W. Anderson (The Bulletin)  Environmental panel votes today on break for oil companies through 2018, new ethanol models  —  Top environmental regulators are slated to finish rules today that include big changes for Oregon’s …

Big Oil Let Off Hook Days After EU Drops Wall Street Probe
December 8, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Aoife White, Stephanie Bodoni, Peter Levring, Gaspard Sebag (Bloomberg)  Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc and Statoil ASA no longer face an European Union investigation into potential manipulation of fuel benchmarks, the regulator indicated on Monday.

Days after …

Michigan Corn Growers Disappointed with New Ethanol Limits
December 7, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Andy Balaskovitz (MiBiz)  … “Any reduction in the statutory amount is a roadblock to biofuels like ethanol,” said Jim Zook, executive director of the Michigan Corn Growers Association. “By failing to set (blend) levels at the …

RFS Rule Undercuts U.S. Commitment to Reducing GHGs
December 3, 2015 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  It was with some ironic bemusement that biofuel advocates read the headlines from the mainstream media that said the Obama administration “raised’ the biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) …

Columbia Journalism Dean Fires Back At ExxonMobil: Allegations ‘Unsupported By Evidence’
December 2, 2015 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Chariton  (The Wrap)  Steve Coll disputes oil company’s allegations that postgraduate students’ story misled regarding Exxon ignoring risks of climate change

Columbia University Journalism school’s Dean of Students Steve Coll fired back on Tuesday …

Will Congressional Opposition to RFS Rule Lead to Reform?
December 1, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Tiffany Stecker (E&E/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  The ink on U.S. EPA’s final rule for the renewable fuel standard is barely dry, but long-standing foes in Congress are already aiming to block the biofuels program.

Yesterday, Rep. …

Obama Dials Back Ethanol Fuel Standard
December 1, 2015 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Tim Devaney (The Hill)  The Obama administration set new standards Monday for ethanol levels in fuel, enraging competing industries that had battled for months to influence the contentious regulations.

The final renewable fuel standard (RFS) unveiled …

EPA Bumps up US Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes for 2015-2016, in Final Ruling
December 1, 2015 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program today for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for …

EPA Improves Final RVOs
November 30, 2015 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Final rule breaks through so-called blend wall — Growth Energy and its members are pleased to see that the President and the Environmental Protection Agency have recognized the need to move the renewable fuel …

RFA: EPA’s Final RFS Rule Puts Future of Biofuels & Climate Policy in Hands of Oil Industry
November 30, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2014, 2015 and 2016 that refiners have to meet in blending biofuels with gasoline. …

EPA’s Final RVO Rule and the Myth of Falling Gasoline Demand
November 17, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  One of the oil industry’s favorite talking points in its campaign to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the argument that “gasoline demand is falling,” and thus refiners …

Sit on the RINs
November 16, 2015 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The US Environmental Protection Agency has discovered the following way of interpreting Energy Independence and Security Act.  To wit, if the transportation fuels supply chain — controlled by guess whom …

Anti-Ethanol Ad Sparks Outrage Among Ohio’s Corn, Ethanol Producers
November 13, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio)  Ohio’s corn and ethanol industry is fighting back at ads it says are misleading and funded by big oil. … The ad comes from the American Council for Capital Formation. …

Fuels America Launches TV Campaign to Counter Anti-RFS Letter
November 13, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Fuels America is announcing a significant television campaign today calling out Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL) for signing on to a Congressional letter that was authored by oil industry lobbyists. The first phase …

Is Obama Doing Inhofe’s Dirty Work on Biofuels?
November 12, 2015 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  … “That’s the biggest risk we face — not acting,” Obama said. “Today, we’re continuing to lead by example. Because ultimately, if we’re going to prevent large parts of this earth from …

Oil Lobby Had Hand in House Lawmakers’ Anti-Ethanol Note to EPA
November 9, 2015 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg) An odd-bedfellows group of lawmakers — led by an oil-industry ally from Texas and a progressive Vermonter — raised a familiar-sounding concern about ethanol in a letter this week to EPA chief Gina …

Ethanol Reduces Emissions: Clean Fuels Development Coalition
November 9, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Hungary, Clean Fuels Development Coalition Executive Director Douglas Durante said as a way for ethanol to find value beyond limitations of government imposed limits, both in the EU and the U.S., …

New York Is Investigating Exxon Mobil for Allegedly Misleading the Public about Climate Change
November 6, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  The state of New York is investigating whether Exxon Mobil misled the public and investors about the risks of climate change, a move sought by environmentalists that could signal …

House Science Committee Hearing Exposes Fundamental Flaws in RFS Opponents Attacks
November 4, 2015 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (November 3, 2015), the House Science, Space and Technology committee held a joint hearing of the subcommittees on Environment and Oversight titled “Renewable Fuel Standard: A Ten Year Review of Costs …

Fuels America: How Did the Oil Industry Suddenly Become Obama Administration Climate Policy Advisors?
November 2, 2015 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Fuels America will launch a seven-figure TV and digital ad campaign Friday morning depicting President Obama’s choice of who to listen to when it comes to the Renewable …

Everyone’s Favorite Climate Change Fix
October 29, 2015 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Cristina Maza (The Christian Science Monitor)   Economists, officials, and executives across the globe increasingly support carbon pricing to stem the rise of greenhouse-gas emissions. Can it work?  —  … “Pricing carbon obviously adds a cost to …

Oil Lobby Launches New Campaign against Ethanol Mandate
October 29, 2015 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  The American Petroleum Institute (API) will run a “multifaceted advocacy campaign” against the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the next month ahead of a deadline for the Obama administration to …

Big Oil’s Not So Smart Campaign
October 28, 2015 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … If Big Oil truly believed its product (oil) was better than ethanol, why not launch a campaign on the greatness that is oil.

Perhaps Big Oil could tell us how oil doesn’t raise …

Kyle Nixon: EPA Biofuels Rule Could Hurt Economy
October 28, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Nixon (Novozymes/Omaha.com)  Opinion:  Instead of sending money to overseas oil producers, the biofuels sector has provided financial stability for rural farming communities right here at home.

At the end of November the Environmental Protection …

President Obama Is Turning His Back on the Renewable Fuel Standard
October 27, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by former Senator Jim Talent (The Gazette)  I’m old enough to remember when energy first became a national security issue during the original energy crisis in the early 1970s. That was the first time America …

EPA OIG Plans to Look at RFS Lifecycle Impacts Should Be Good for Biofuels
October 23, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The announcement by EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) that it will begin preliminary research on lifecycle impacts of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be good news for the biofuels …

Exxon Sowed Doubt About Climate Science for Decades by Stressing Uncertainty (Part 6)
October 23, 2015 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by David Hasemyer and John H. Cushman Jr.  (Inside Climate News)  Collaborating with the Bush-Cheney White House, Exxon turned ordinary scientific uncertainties into weapons of mass confusion.

… No wonder: in the opening days of the oil-friendly Bush-Cheney …

Highlighting the Allure of Synfuels, Exxon Played Down the Climate Risks (Part 5)
October 23, 2015 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by John H. Cushman Jr. (InsideClimate News)  In the 1980s, Exxon lobbied to replace scarce oil with synthetic fossil fuels, but it glossed over the high carbon footprint associated with synfuels.

Early in the 1980s, … Exxon …

Exxon’s Business Ambition Collided with Climate Change Under a Distant Sea (Part 4)
October 23, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Neela Banerjee & Lisa Song (Inside Climate News) Throughout the 1980s, the company struggled to solve the carbon problem of one of the biggest gas fields in the world out of concern for climate …

Exxon Confirmed Global Warming Consensus in 1982 with In-House Climate Models (Part 3)
October 23, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Lisa Song, Neela Banerjee, David Hasemyer (Inside Climate News)  The company chairman would later mock climate models as unreliable while he campaigned to stop global action to reduce fossil fuel emissions.

Steve Knisely was an intern …

Lack of Strong RFS Policy Could Put Michigan Jobs at Risk
October 21, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Farmers Advance)  Jeff Sandborn, a Portland farmer and member of the board of the National Corn Growers Association, highlighted a new nationwide study demonstrating the economic impact of ethanol production, noting that ethanol is tied …

Bernie Sanders Calls For Federal Investigation Of Exxon
October 21, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Emily Atkin (Think Progress)  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants ExxonMobil investigated by the Department of Justice.  In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday, Sanders charged the oil giant …

RFA Statement on Big Oil Anti-RFS Campaign
October 19, 2015 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released the following statement regarding an ad campaign that is being launched by Smarter Fuel Future to call on Congress and the administration to repeal the Renewable …

Climate Scientist Faces Backlash for Urging Investigation of Fossil Fuel Companies
October 14, 2015 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (Inside Climate News)  A climate scientist who was the lead signatory on a letter urging President Obama to launch a federal investigation into whether fossil fuel companies “knowingly deceived the American people about …

Oil CEOs Differ on Carbon Strategy, Highlighting Industry Divide
October 14, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Sarah Kent And Amy Harder  (Morningstar)  The chief executives of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and ExxonMobil Corp. laid out contrasting visions this week for reducing fossil-fuel emissions, illustrating a divide between American and European …

Grassley on the Oil Export Ban, Attempt to Diminish Ethanol
October 4, 2015 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley)  Note:  This week, the Senate Banking Committee voted to lift the ban on U.S. oil exports.  The committee defeated an amendment that would have eliminated the corn ethanol blending requirements …

Michigan State University Partners with ExxonMobile to Advance Biofuel Research
October 2, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels.

David Kramer, MSU’s John Hannah Distinguished Professor in …

Total Plans $500 Million Annual Investment in Renewable Energy
September 24, 2015 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Javier Blas (Bloomberg Business)  French oil company targets `fast growing’ solar and biofuels;  Total already owns majority stake in U.S. solar firm SunPower  —  Total SA plans to invest $500 million a year in renewable …

Exxon’s Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels’ Role in Global Warming Decades Ago (Parts 1 and 2)
September 17, 2015 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Neela Banerjee, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer (Inside Climate News)  Top executives were warned of possible catastrophe from greenhouse effect, then led efforts to block solutions. … This untold chapter in Exxon’s history, when one …

Why Activists Are Pushing a ‘Supply Side’ Strategy for Fighting Climate Change
September 15, 2015 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  Even as President Obama further amplifies his rhetoric about addressing climate change, a coalition of environmental organizations released a letter Monday seeking to push his administration much further still. Not content with …

Jerry Brown: “Oil Lobby Gutted California’s Climate Bill”
September 14, 2015 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Gov. Jerry Brown called the derailment of efforts to cut gasoline cosumption “a well-financed oil industry effort”, but Brown vowed to keep pushing on efforts to reduce the …

Jerry Brown, Kevin de Leon Abandon Legislative Push to Require 50 Percent Cut in Gasoline Use
September 10, 2015 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by David Siders and Jeremy B. White (Sacramento Bee)  Major setback for California governor’s climate agenda;  Decision comes amid resistance from moderate Democrats;  Brown pledges to use executive power to reduce emissions

In a major setback for …

Dumping Energy Stocks Might Cost Harvard $100 Million a Year
September 9, 2015 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Simon Constable  (The Street)  Harvard’s $32.7 billion endowment would generate significantly lower returns if climate-change activists convince the university to abandon fossil fuel investments, according to a new study.

Such a strategy might cost the …

World’s Largest Producer Of Industrial Enzymes Comes Out Swinging For Biofuel (CT Exclusive Interview)
September 9, 2015 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Clean Technica)  The global biotech firm Novozymes has been sailing under the CleanTechnica radar, but we did take note earlier this year when Novozymes CEO Peder Holk Nielsen had some pithy things …

More Job Losses Coming To U.S. Shale
August 5, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by By Gaurav Agnihotri (OilPrice.com)  … A recent Bloomberg report stated that U.S. driller’s debts stood at $235 billion at the end of first quarter of 2015, which is quite worrying. Does this mean that the U.S. …

Top 6 Myths Driving Oil Prices Down
August 4, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by By Leonard Brecken (OilPrice.com)  … Earlier in the year I documented half a dozen media reports which turned out to be 100 percent false. Now I expose another half dozen in just the past few weeks. …

Climate Deniers Uncovered
August 3, 2015 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  A paper published by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), “The Climate Deception Dossiers,” reveals decades of corporate misinformation campaigns by the fossil fuel industry. The paper focuses on seven deception …

Big Oil’s Mouthpiece Distorts the Facts
July 30, 2015 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/The Hill)  Sofie E. Miller may have left the Charles Koch Institute in 2012, but she clearly continues to do the bidding of her former employer and the rest of …

Big Oil and Big Corn Blitz EPA on Biofuels Plan
July 28, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. farmers, biofuel makers, and oil companies have mounted last-ditch efforts to push regulators to overhaul a controversial plan for biofuel use, homing in on the price Americans pay for gasoline …

More unused oil, gas wells linger without permanent seals increasing risk
July 20, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Donn (Associated Press/Los Angeles Daily News)  Five years after the Obama administration promised to move swiftly to permanently plug unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico, even more shafts are …

Fossil Fuel Industry Must ‘Implode’ to Avoid Climate Disaster, Says Top Scientist
July 13, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  ‘The age of carbon is over’ and a transition to a greener economy is inevitable, says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, adviser to the German government and Pope Francis

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, an …

Why Is EPA Proposing to Continue Delaying the Arrival of Advanced Biofuels?
July 8, 2015 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  … Stakeholders are all well aware of the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) waiver provision that allows EPA to rewrite the statutory volumes after 2016, if it is required to …

Renewable Fuel Policy Lagging
July 7, 2015 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Ken McCauley (Garden City Telegram)  … American farmers stepped up when called upon, increasing production levels of corn ethanol to meet the growing standards. We restructured our production plants and ways of life to help …

As EPA Hands Down New Rules on Renewable Fuel Standard, Critics Say ‘Blend Wall’ a Fiction Created by Big Oil
July 1, 2015 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  … For the first time since it was conceived a decade ago, the Obama Administration has proposed weakening the RFS — a blow to the green movement, the biofuels business, and …

U.S. Oil Glut An EIA Invention?
June 29, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by  Leonard Brecken (OilPrice.com)  In the latest weekly production data from the EIA, on the back of recent March revisions, the U.S. managed to post a 76,000 barrel per day increase in the lower 48. Production from …

Keystone XL Pipeline Debate: Canadian Oil Sands Crude Produces Greater Emissions Than Conventional Oils, DOE Study Finds
June 29, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Maria Gallucci (International Businesss Times)  … A new study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy found crude extracted from Canada’s oil sands region leads to greenhouse gas emissions that are 20 percent higher on …

Looking at Next-Generation Biofuel, Converting Waste into Fuel: Brekelmans of Shell
June 22, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Anilesh S Mahajan  (Business Today)  Shell Global’s Harry Brekelmans is very optimistic about the India story. Brekelmans sits on the board of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and is the director in-charge …

EPA Renewable Fuel Standard Management Scrutinized at Hearing
June 19, 2015 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe fielded dozens of hard questions and endured heavy scrutiny during a June 18 hearing held to discuss the agency’s management of the federal renewable …

Big Oil Companies Want a Price on Carbon. Here’s Why.
June 2, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (National Journal)  Natural-gas profits have Shell and BP, among others, calling for increased use of carbon-emissions fees ahead of a make-or-break climate summit in Paris.

Six oil and gas giants based in Europe …

Peterson: RFS Announcement a Setback for Rural America; Grassley: EPA, Administration Fail Consumers on Biofuels
May 29, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(Office of Congressman Collin Peterson)  House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today said the Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) released today by the EPA will set back production of domestic renewable fuels and hurts the …

Biofuels Decision May Signal Big Oil’s Influence in White House | Commentary
May 19, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Anne Weismann (Roll Call/ Campaign for Accountability)  On June 1, the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to release its new plan for implementing the Renewable Fuel Standard. …  When the number finally comes out, the …

Thrive, Survive, Jive or Take Five: Who Is Weathering the $50 Oil Storm in Biofuels, and How?
May 14, 2015 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … Survive  —  First-Gen ethanol producers. So-so. Corn prices have fallen, and though margins have been compressed and gone negative in some cases, balance sheets remain strong and the margin …

Biofuel Developers Like Neste Oil, Diamond Green Can Thrive Despite Cheap Oil
May 13, 2015 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/Market Wired)  While alternative fuels like biofuels had obvious appeal when oil prices were well over $100 a barrel, the plummet in oil prices to $50 levels can threaten the cost-competitiveness of alternative fuels. …

US Taxpayers Subsidising World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel Companies
May 12, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington and Harry Davies (The Guardian/MSN.com)   The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given …

Study Shows: Big Oil Is Chicken Little over Ethanol
April 6, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Koopmans (Des Moines Register) … For the last decade, Big Oil has been running nervously through the halls of the U.S. Capitol and the EPA, screaming — to anyone who will listen — that …

Group of Lawmakers Continues to Seek Ways to Block Biofuels, Through Any Means Possible
March 30, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  On March 23, a letter signed by 18 members of Congress to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture asked the subcommittee to include “language to limit continued government support for …

Ethanol Debate Could Come to a Head in Washington This Year
March 27, 2015 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The ethanol and oil industries have dug in for what could be a pivotal year for the future of the renewable fuel mandate in Washington, with the victor poised to …

Senator Cruz’s Legislation Promotes Big Oil, Denies Consumer Choice
March 27, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  In response to S. 791, the American Energy Renaissance Act, legislation that was introduced last week by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), which would seek to further our addiction to fossil fuels and eliminate …

Advanced Biofuels Community Leaders Meet: Persistent and Dogged in the Throes of a Tough Slog
March 16, 2015 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Every year, the annual Washington, DC gathering of leaders in the advanced biofuels world at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference sports a different “vibe.” In the early days of …

Fuels America Launches ‘Clean, Secure, American Energy’ Campaign
March 9, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As America marks the 102nd anniversary of tax breaks for oil companies this week, the Fuels America coalition is launching a “Clean, Secure American Energy” campaign that will highlight the success of …

Investors Ask Oil Companies to Disclose Refineries’ Risks from Climate Change
March 2, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Siri Srinivas (The Guardian)  Shareholders ask the five largest US oil companies – Valero, Exxon Mobil, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66 and Chevron – to disclose the risks their operations and facilities face from rising sea …

South Dakota Driver Wins Renewable Fuels Association’s E85 “Post Your Price” Contest
February 20, 2015 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce Scott LeBrun as the winner of RFA’s E85 “Post Your Price” contest. The contest, which was announced last October and concluded just …

Looking Down the Road at Biofuels, Coal, Gas, and Oil
February 6, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The short-term picture of a well-supplied oil market should not disguise the challenges that lie ahead as reliance grows on a relatively small number of producers,” warns the International Energy Agency.

Why …

Declaring “The Truth Matters”, Biodiesel Leaders Say Policy Makers Need to Consider the Facts to Get the Renewable Fuels Standard Back on Track
January 20, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) The National Biodiesel Conference and Expo opens with a fiery speech by the industry’s chief spokesperson.   Arguing that federal policy makers must see through the false attacks by renewable fuels opponents and provide …

BP’s Exit from Cellulosic Ethanol: the Assets, the Auction, the Process, the Timing, the Skinny
January 19, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The complete details on BP’s exit and the considerable physical and intellectual assets available for acquisition, in part or in whole.  As BP continues to reel from its oil leak …

Jack Gerard Delivers 2015 State of American Energy Address
January 9, 2015 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(American Petroleum Institute)  … As part of this event, we publish our report on the State of American Energy, but this year’s report is different, because for the first time it includes contributions from all major …

2014 Brought Ethanol Both Ups and Downs
December 30, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  This year has been one of both good news and bad news for the ethanol industry. Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen says there was enough positive happening to …

Lawsuit Puts Biodiesel Use under Spotlight
December 23, 2014 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(China Daily/Ecns.cn)  Yingding Biofuel Technology Co Ltd, the privately owned Chinese biodiesel producer, has won its monopoly case against the country’s biggest oil refiner, China Petrochemical Corp Ltd.

The company had accused the industry giant of …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (Americas)
December 23, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  POET-DSM, Abengoa, Enerkem, GranBio, Raizen plant openings lead the list; REG’s M&A campaign, EPA’s RFS debacle, are other key trends.

They said that cellulosic fuels were “five years away, and always …

Early Slowdown Signs Emerge for U.S. Oil States after Crude Slide
December 15, 2014 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Tim Reid (Reuters)  … In Houston, Texas, the first oil industry layoffs have been announced, with realtors there predicting a sharp decline, up to 12 percent, in home sales next year.

Alaska’s 2015 fiscal year …