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Senators Press Icahn on White House Influence, Business Conflicts
March 28, 2017 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters)  Several Democratic senators pressed billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Monday to clarify his role as an adviser to President Donald Trump, saying his position in the administration raised “alarming” questions about potential …

CARB Finds Vehicle Standards Are Achievable and Cost-Effective
March 27, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(California Air Resources Board)  CARB votes to move forward with greenhouse gas reductions and zero emission programs through 2025; action sets the table for accelerating programs post-2025  —  Today (March 24, 2017) California re-affirmed its …

U.S. Oil Refiners Push for Biofuels Overhaul at White House
March 27, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. oil refining executives met with a senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration at the White House last week to argue their position for an overhaul of the nation’s biofuels …

Trump Loyalty to Rural Votes Under Scrutiny at Confirmation (1)
March 23, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg/Washington Post)  When Sonny Perdue III appears before a Senate panel Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become U.S. secretary of agriculture, lawmakers and farm groups will likely have few concerns about whether the former …

Carbon Tax Talk Exposes White House Factions
March 22, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A friendly meeting at the White House with former secretary of State James Baker and fellow Republicans pushing a carbon tax has underscored the increasingly tense relationship between President …

Senators Urge Trump to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation
March 20, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly two dozen U.S. senators have signed a letter advising President Trump not to change the federal biofuels program’s longtime compliance protocol.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today led …

Icahn Bets against Renewables Market He Wants Trump to Overhaul
March 20, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Zachary Mider and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Special adviser to president urges change in EPA rule; ‘It’s bothersome that one guy can control RIN markets’  —  Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor and adviser to President …

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 …

Scientists Are Conspicuously Missing from Trump’s Government
March 14, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  President Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical and biological attacks to rising seas, a …

Cars Seen Missing U.S. Mileage Targets for First Time Since 2004
March 13, 2017 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Beene (Bloomberg)  Regulator report shows U.S. fleet to fall below mileage target; Results may feed debate over Obama auto-efficiency standards  —  Cars and light trucks from the 2016 model year will be the first …

‘Purest Definition of a Conflict’: Icahn’s $126 Million Gain on Biofuel Deal Draws Criticism
March 8, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy, Ari Natter, and Bill Allison (Bloomberg)  Investor Carl Icahn is also unpaid adviser to White House; Value of Icahn CVR Energy stake grew after biofuel deal  —  Carl Icahn’s stake in a …

Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming
March 7, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Coral Davenport (New York Times) The Trump administration is expected to begin rolling back stringent federal regulations on vehicle pollution that contributes to global warming, essentially marking a U-turn to efforts to force the American …

Trump Administration a Wild Card for Ethanol Industry
March 7, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  With production on the rise, there’s anxiety over unknown policy shifts.  —  …  While there are positive indicators for 2017 — corn prices are forecast to be stable and the …

Governors Press Trump: Coalition Asks for Ethanol Policy Changes
March 7, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition on Monday asked President Donald Trump to support a number of changes to federal law to support biofuels production.
In a letter signed by Nebraska …

U.S. Ethanol Group Clashes with Icahn over Details of Biofuels Negotiation
March 6, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentis and Jennifer Ablan (Reuters/Yahoo!Finance)  The head of the Renewable Fuels Association says billionaire investor Carl Icahn told him last week President Donald Trump was about to issue an order overhauling the U.S. …

Growth Energy Releases New Analysis on Reasons Why Not to Change the Renewable Fuel Standard PO
March 3, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Growth Energy has released economic analysis that it says “identifies numerous problems” associated with changing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation.

The US ethanol trade body strongly supports EPA’s proposed denial to move …

Trump Signals He’s Backing away from Ethanol Mandate
February 24, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Timothy P. Carney (Washington Examiner)  … Ethanol mandate champions, such as Obama Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack started worrying aloud in December that Trump might abandon the ethanol mandate.

The letter President Trump …

Trump at the Renewable Pump: Will He Bump, Thump or Dump?
February 24, 2017 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s look at the letter behind the headlines.

“Rest assured that your president and this administration values the importance of renewable fuels to America’s economy and to our energy independence. As …

Dinneen: ‘Ethanol Lifts Ag’
February 22, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Though there is angst in rural America about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard and agriculture trade in particular, the leader of the nation’s largest ethanol interest …

Trump Reaffirms RFS Support
February 22, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Trump sent a letter to the National Ethanol Conference Tuesday again reiterating support for renewable fuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports. “Rest assured that your …

Scott Pruitt, Longtime Adversary of EPA, Confirmed to Lead the Agency
February 17, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed Friday as the agency’s …

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 …

Dems Probe Trump Adviser Icahn’s Role in Ethanol Policy
February 14, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Senate Democrats are investigating the role that President Trump’s adviser Carl Icahn is playing in setting the administration’s ethanol policy.

The Democrats are concerned that Icahn, a prolific investor whose holding …

#Ethanol Report on Export Picture
February 9, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Ethanol exports are in the news this week. First we heard about record net ethanol exports for 2016 in a new report from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), followed quickly by …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 3, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Dana Khraiche  (Bloomberg)  “President Trump has policies which are good for the oil industries,” (Saudi Energy Minister Khalid) Al-Falih said in an interview with the BBC. “He has steered away from excessively anti-fossil-fuel, unrealistic fossil-fuel policies.” …

Saudi Energy Minister Praises Trump’s Pro-Fossil-Fuel Policies
February 3, 2017 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Dana Khraiche (Bloomberg)  Saudis sees no problem with U.S. oil growth: Al-Falih to BBC; Kingdom may boost investment in U.S. refining, distribution  —  President Donald Trump’s energy policies are good for the petroleum industry and …

Senate Republicans Suspend Committee Rules to Approve Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA Nominee
February 3, 2017 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  Senate Republicans on Thursday again used their majority to suspend committee rules and push through another Trump administration nominee, Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, bypassing …

Trump Puts US Food, Farm Companies on Edge over Mexico Trade
February 3, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Tom Polansek, Mark Weinraub and Frank Jack Daniel (Channel NewsAsia’World-Grain.com)  U.S. food producers and shippers are trying to speed up exports to Mexico and line up alternative markets as concerns rise that this lucrative …

Informing Policy with Science
February 3, 2017 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Barbara Schaal (Science Magazine)   … President Trump should include credible scientists in the administration—at all levels and in all federal agencies—not individuals who reject proven science on issues of critical public importance such …

Trumping Obama on Biofuels
January 27, 2017 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol industry advocates believe the Trump administration will be friendlier to ethanol than the previous one. —  Last fall, a few weeks before the 2016 presidential election, Renewable Fuels …

USDA Scrambles to Ease Concerns after Researchers Were Ordered to Stop Publishing News Releases
January 25, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Jose A. DelReal (The Washington Post)  Employees of the scientific research arm at the Agriculture Department were ordered Monday to cease publication of “outward facing” documents and news releases, raising concerns that the Trump administration was seeking to influence distribution of …

Trump Administration Tells EPA to Cut Climate Page from Website: Sources
January 25, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted …

Ethanol Industry Could Use a Friend in Washington Right Now
January 24, 2017 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Environmental, Energy nominees have criticized ethanol law; President expressed support for $24 billion industry  —  … (Carl) Icahn, who owns a majority stake in independent refiner CVR …

Will Renewable Jet Fuel Fly with Trump in the Cockpit?
January 23, 2017 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Kerry Reals (Runway Girl Network)  … But despite widespread concerns, Kevin Weiss, the chief executive of Byogy Renewables – the developer of an alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel process for the aviation industry – tells RGN he …

Why The Ethanol Industry Should Fear President Trump
January 23, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes)  …  Trump’s pick to head the EPA — Scott Pruitt — has repeatedly fought against the RFS. As EPA Administrator, Pruitt would have the authority to invoke a waiver to lower …

A Double Whammy for Corn and Ethanol Industries
January 23, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(Michigan Farmer)  China imposes additional tariffs on DDGS and ethanol.  —  … Inevitably, changes in trade could bludgeon an already wounded ag economy. A tug of war with punitive tariffs has already started with the world’s …

Successful Biofuels Industry Awaits Trump
January 23, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(Forum News Service/The Daily Journal)  Minnesota’s plant-based fuel industries of ethanol and biodiesel are success stories, but their future depends on the new Trump administration.  “We are a little nervous,” Assistant Commissioner Andrea Vaubel of …

Trump Releases “An America First Energy Plan”
January 20, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(White House)  Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use …

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 …

Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator
January 18, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Chris Kahn (Reuters/Ipsos)  More than 60 percent of Americans would like to see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s powers preserved or strengthened under incoming President Donald Trump, and the drilling of oil on public lands …

White House Announces Release of Final Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology
January 9, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On January 4, 2017, the White House announced the release of the 2017 Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology.  The 2017 Update provides a comprehensive summary of the …

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 …

How Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers Helped Deliver Trump’s Historic Win
January 6, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill/Renewable Fuels Association)  In the flurry of post-election punditry and analysis, much credit was given to disenfranchised factory workers and coal miners in the Rust Belt and Appalachia for delivering Donald …

Branstad Says Trump Assures EPA Chief Will Be Pro-Ethanol
January 4, 2017 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Iowa’s governor says President-elect Donald Trump has reassured him the Trump Administration will be pro-ethanol. Governor Terry Branstad was concerned initially when he heard Trump asked the attorney general from …

Biofuels Industry May Have the Juice to Endure to Trump’s EPA Chief Pick
December 23, 2016 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Chuck McCutcheon (Scientific American)  Despite concerns over Scott Pruitt’s record of opposing ethanol, experts say the renewable-fuel program is on safe ground  —  … Ethanol advocates, however, do not seem to worry that Pruitt will …

Can America Really Be ‘Great Again’ With A Gutted EPA?
December 22, 2016 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Margo T. Oge (Huffington Post)  …  Businessmen are always looking for a good return on investment. America’s environmental protections are a steal. The public health benefits of a cleaner environment and a healthier workforce …

Ag Leaders Praise Branstad as China Pick
December 22, 2016 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht Lee (Agri-Media/Midwest Producer)  Midwestern agricultural leaders have been watching President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of trade – with China, in particular – with some concern. But their hopes were lifted Dec. 7 when …

Icahn Named Special Trump Adviser to Roll Back Regulations
December 22, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Mike Dorning and Beth Jinks (BloombergPolitics)  $20 billion net worth makes him one of richest men in America; Trump says Icahn will advise on ‘strangling regulations’  —  Trump often spoke admiringly of (Carl) Icahn during …

Trump’s Nixonian Pivot
December 22, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News of high-level appointments have been streaming out of Trump Tower all this week and last, and two trends are already clear: it’s a group mostly out of the business …

Trump Taps Mulvaney for OMB
December 19, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday formally selected fierce fiscal conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney to lead the Office of Management and Budget, POLITICO’s Ben Weyl reports . That would also put …

Not So Prolific: U.S. Shale Faces A Reality Check
December 13, 2016 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Nick Cunningham (OilPrice.com)  …  Speaking at the National Oil-equipment Manufacturers and Delegates Society (NOMADS) in Houston a few months ago, IHS Markit’s associate direct for Plays and Basins, Reed Olmstead, poked holes in the notion …

Farmers to Trump: You Owe Us
December 6, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Jane Wells (CNBC)  … This even as the oil industry — suffering from its own low prices — could push the Trump administration to reduce support for ethanol. “I think some people would still like …

America’s Rural Voters Are Ready for Renewable Energy Too
November 30, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Lloyd Ritter (The Hill/Agriculture Energy Coalition)  … Rural energy’s potential is strong. Farmers, ranchers, farm coops and businesses want to minimize costs or generate new income through energy. They can do this by investing in …

White House’s Mid-Century Climate Change Strategy Includes Biofuels
November 18, 2016 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the White House released a mid-century strategy (MCS) that envisions economy-wide net GHG emissions reductions of 80 percent or more below 2005 levels by 2050. …  Second-generation biofuels …

White House Decarbonization Report Addresses Biofuels, Biomass
November 17, 2016 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The White House has published a mid-century strategy on decarbonization that addresses biofuels and bioenergy. On Nov. 16, the report was filed with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate …

White House Hosts the First-Ever Meeting of Kid Science Advisors
November 4, 2016 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(White House)  Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Dr. John Holdren is meeting with 11 students who will share their ideas for science and STEM education.  —  … At the 2016 White House Science …

Obama Eyes Big Finish on Climate
September 12, 2016 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  President Obama is hoping to complete two more international agreements to fight global warming in the coming months, shoring up his climate change legacy.

His landmark Paris agreement is certain to …

Biofuels Present Solution to Harmful Airborne Chemicals
September 11, 2016 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by David Vandergriend (Sacramento Bee)   … But the day-to-day threat facing many communities doesn’t come from carbon. It comes from airborne chemicals with less attention-grabbing names like volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate …

Charting A Path for Sustainable Jet Fuels
August 22, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (U.S. Department of Energy)  Renewable biofuel alternatives can help replace conventional petroleum-based jet fuel. — New White House reportoutlines the federal government’s plans to lower the cost of alternative jet fuels.  —  Bioenergy …

CEQ Guidance Addresses Biogenic Emissions from Land Management
August 16, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Council on Environmental Quality, a division of the Executive Office of the President, has issued final guidance on considering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change in National Environmental …

White House Releases “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy”
August 1, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a new White House report, titled “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy,” sets out prioritized federal research and development goals and objectives to address key scientific …

Don’t Weaken Obama’s Fuel Economy Standards
July 26, 2016 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Varun Sivaram (Politico/Council on Foreign Relations)  When the Obama administration released its ambitious fuel economy rules for new vehicles in 2012, the economic rationale behind the standards was obvious. The price of oil hovered …

Exxon, ConocoPhillips Top List of Methane Polluters
June 27, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Fortune Magazine)  This is how much methane pollution that eleven oil and gas companies emit annually. Eleven oil and gas giants in the U.S. leak so much of a potent green house gas into …

Missing a Turn on the Road to a Billion Tons
June 20, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (re:chem/Biofuels Digest)  A Billion Ton Bioeconomy. For those of us who have worked in this space for the last decade, the US government’s aspiration to grow the sector to such …

Power Plants Are No Longer America’s Biggest Climate Problem. Transportation Is.
June 15, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Brad Plumer (Vox)  A new energy era is upon us: For the first time since 1979, America’s cars, trucks, and airplanes emit more carbon dioxide than its power plants do. … The story here is that …

Has Shifting to Renewable Energy Become ‘Irreversible’?
June 10, 2016 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  … At the heart of the battle is whether it makes sense to transition from fossil fuels to renewables like biofuels, wind, and solar energy. At issue is the choice between steering …

World Leaders Must Get on Biofuels Page
May 16, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Bliss Baker (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Global Renewable Fuels Alliance) …  It is estimated that the transportation sector produces 25 to 30 percent of the world’s GHG emissions, making it a key focus for policies aimed at …

EPA Brings Biofuel Production Changes To White House
May 12, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Kali Hays (Law360)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday sent some proposed changes to its Renewable Fuel Standard program to the White House for review, as the agency looks to promote the production …

A New Obama Emissions Play
April 25, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Michael Grunwald (Politico)  The administration floats a rule governing transportation projects.  —  Administration officials told POLITICO they are about to propose rules that could force recipients of federal transportation dollars to track transportation-related emissions …

Tenacity Required to Secure Advanced Biofuels Future
April 21, 2016 – 9:05 am | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  Addressing climate continues to be one of the major reasons to support and develop advanced and cellulosic biofuels. — Once again, we enter spring awaiting the U.S. EPA’s proposal …

EPA Submits 2017 RFS Rule to White House OMB for Review
April 19, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA delivered the proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget on April 15. OMB review marks …

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 …

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry
March 28, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Bill McKibben (The Nation) Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.   …   Meet methane, otherwise known as CH4.  In February, Harvard researchers published an explosive paper in Geophysical …

Ethanol Bust Adds to U.S. Fuel Glut and Losses Across Corn Belt
March 23, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg Business) … Back in 2007, when crude oil was headed toward a record $147.27 a barrel, ethanol was being touted as a cheap alternative from abundant domestic resources. The U.S. is the …

How to Make Sure the US and Canada Get It Right on Methane
March 14, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by David Babson (Union of Concerned Scientists) … But recent science suggests that we don’t have a great handle on how large methane emissions really are, so we are going to need strong science to back …

US, Canada Pledge Cooperation on Paris Climate Accord, Clean Energy, Methane Leaks
March 14, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Bade (Utility Dive)  … A key part of the climate mitigation strategy will be reducing emissions of methane — a greenhouse gas over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide — from oil and gas operations. …

6 Things Bernie Sanders Would Do to Crack Down on Fracking, Even if Congress Doesn’t Go Along
February 22, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Ben Adler (Grist)  … Instead of embracing gas as a supposedly cleaner “bridge fuel,” Sanders wants to go straight to renewables.

Here are the six most significant executive actions that a President Sanders would likely take …

Issue Brief: Obama FY2017 Budget Proposal: Sustainable Energy, Buildings, Transportation and Climate
February 12, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On February 9, 2016, President Obama released his $4.15 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2017 federal budget proposal, a 5 percent increase over 2016. In his final budget request, President Obama …

EPA’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal Increases Support for Communities to Deliver Core Environmental and Health Protections
February 9, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The Obama Administration Fiscal Year 2016 budget announced today for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lays out a strategy to ensure that all Americans benefit from the economic recovery we are …

Why Flint? Why Dieselgate? Why Was the EPA Prevented From Acting?
February 9, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Of all the grandstanding by politicians over the Flint, Michigan, drinking water disaster perhaps the most hypocritical has been that of Democrats such as Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton …

Take Mr. Obama’s Oil Fee Proposal Seriously
February 9, 2016 – 12:24 am | No Comment

(The Washington Post Editorial)  … In his new budget proposal, Mr. Obama is proposing a $10-per-barrel fee on oil, which would translate into about 24 cents per gallon of refined gasoline. He would spend the proceeds …

Obama to Seek New Tax on Oil in Budget Proposal
February 8, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe and Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters)  U.S. President Barack Obama will launch a long-shot bid next week to impose a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil that would fund the overhaul of the nation’s aging …

Ethanol, RFS Are Points of Contention in Ag States
January 15, 2016 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  A pair of volunteers holds up a sign near a rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. It says “I’m caucusing for ethanol in 2016.”

The message is clear. Ethanol supporters …

The Candidates and Media Are Getting the Iowa Ethanol Debate All Wrong
January 15, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Ye Hee Lee (Washington Post Fact Checker)  … The Fact Checker will explore an important distinction in the rhetoric over the ethanol mandate that has been mischaracterized by politicians, including Cruz, and even members of …

Obama, with No Elections Left to Lose, Drops Mention of Fossil Fuels
January 13, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico Morning Energy)  President Obama’s final State of the Union address made no mention of an “all of the above” energy policy, nor of natural gas or fracking, and it only mentioned …

The Government Has Spent a Lot on Electric Cars, but Was It Worth It?
January 11, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (Washington Post)  In August 2010, I proposed this wager to a fellow journalist: President Obama’s declared goal was to get 1 million plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars on the road in the …

Are We There Yet? A Biofuel Refinery Update
December 22, 2015 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Tom Ewing (Renewable Energy World)   As oil prices plummet, are drop-in aviation biofuel refineries ever going to be built?  —  In September 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE), along with the Departments of the …

Federal Agencies Release Update on National Biogas Activities
December 17, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  In support of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly released the Biogas …

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 …

Does This Really Make Us More Secure?
December 8, 2015 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (1010WCSI)  … Yet, the biggest indication that the President’s comments were flimflam came from within his own administration. Within hours of Mr. Obama’s remarks in Paris, the EPA announced the final rule on …

Alternative Fuel Industry Could See Boost from COP21 Commitments
December 8, 2015 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (Next-Gen Transportation News)  … “Renewable natural gas, which provides even greater GHG emissions reductions, is gaining traction in some areas of the country like California,” he (Matthew Godlewski, president of NGVAmerica) notes. “And …

The Petrified Forest, or Who Moved my $80 Oil?
December 7, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Are high prices good for renewable fuels? The hard data actually goes the other way. The Digest investigates. …  What we can see from the following chart is confirmation that …

Abengoa Shuts Down Hugoton, Colwich, St Louis HQ
December 4, 2015 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, Abengoa has decided to suspend production at its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton as well as its corn-based ethanol plant in Colwich as part of the recent …

EPA’s Final Renewable Fuel Standard Concerns Iowa Lawmakers
December 3, 2015 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Peter Zampa (KFYR TV)  … The RFS program comes up billions of gallons short of the ethanol consumption requirements laid out under the original RFS plan.

“With corn prices being down as they are, with the ag …

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) …

Diverse Parties Say Federal Biotech Rules Confusing
December 2, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Pat Rizzuto (BNA)  The federal approach to regulating bioengineered products is a confusing labyrinth, according to companies, trade associations, advocacy groups and scientists.

Companies must follow a maze to identify which agencies may have jurisdiction …

US Department of Energy Launches Clean Energy Investment Center
November 30, 2015 – 9:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest/U.S. Department of Energy)  In Washington, as part of a series of linked announcements for the launch of the Paris Climate Summit this week, the Obama Administration launched the Clean Energy Investment …

20-Nation Mission Innovation Coalition Launches to Spur Clean Energy R&D, Investment
November 30, 2015 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In France, President Obama and French President Hollande, along with a wide range of other top global leaders, are announcing today the launch of “Mission Innovation,” a 20-country initiative to …

Oil and Biofuels Lobby White House on Renewable Fuel Standard Ahead of Nov. 30 Deadline
November 20, 2015 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In the lead-up to the administration’s release of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s been a veritable who’s who of renewable fuels and petrochemical refiners visiting the White House’s Office …

Pelosi to Obama: Boost U.S. Biofuels Program ahead of Paris Talks
November 20, 2015 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and three other lawmakers are pressing President Barack Obama not to back-peddle on the country’s biofuels program just days ahead of global climate change talks …

What a Weakened RFS Program Means for the State of Iowa and this Country
November 20, 2015 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Joe Hrdlicka (Biofuels Digest/Iowa Biotechnology Association)  Iowa’s investment in biofuels, driven by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), has brought the state new business and job opportunities. Iowa is home to three of the …

Play All Our Cards on Climate, Including Biodiesel
November 19, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by former Sen. Byron Dorgan (The Hill)  … Like a smart poker player, we have to capitalize on the good cards we have.  One of those is biodiesel, a renewable fuel made from recycled cooking grease, plant …

Renewable Fuel Proponents Speaking up as EPA Decision Draws Near
November 18, 2015 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(Ohio’s Country Journal)  National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling has urged President Obama to reverse the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed cuts in the Renewable Fuel Standard’s volume obligation and adhere to the statute …

Federal Ethanol Mandate Imposes $42 Billion Fuel Tax on California
November 17, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer and other national political figures have sold out California’s economy by supporting the federal government’s corn ethanol mandate. The mandate has already imposed $13.1 billion in …

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 …

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 …

Ad by Americans for Energy Security & Innovation: Obama Is a Hypocrite
November 12, 2015 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(Americans for Energy Security & Innovation) President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is gutting the successful Renewable Fuel Standard that has created jobs and cut our dependence on foreign oil.  WATCH AD  READ MORE and MORE (Connectivity)

The President’s Long Game on Fossil Fuels
November 10, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by James P. Lenfestey  (Star Tribune)  …    Keystone would not, as Obama noted, have any noticeable economic benefit to the U.S., and probably would have a negative impact, since it could actually increase domestic …

Don’t Weaken the RFS
November 10, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (R-N.J.) (The Hill)  … The RFS is Congress’s answer to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and expanding the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil. The RFS is the most …

Groups Pressure EPA On Biofuels Mandate
November 9, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Bomgardner  (Chemical & Engineering News)  Supporters and opponents of biofuel mandates are ramping up pressure on EPA in hopes of influencing a rule, due on Nov. 30, on how much corn ethanol and …

Strong RFS Support Offers Low-Risk Opportunity for Democrats to Connect with Voters They Need to Retake Majority
November 9, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Fitzpatrick (Third Way)  Although relatively obscure by Washington standards, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) carries a unique level of importance and visibility in many rural states. The fact that the RFS invariably becomes …

Will the Renewable Fuel Standard Impact the 2016 Elections?
November 9, 2015 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  The escalating battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) added another front Thursday. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson warned President Obama that lowering the RFS volume requirements could result in …

RFA: 28 Countries Count Biofuels for GHG Reduction, Why Not US?
November 6, 2015 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association released a report today pointing out that, while nearly 30 countries attending December’s climate talks in Paris have submitted action plans that call for using biofuels as …

How Gas-Guzzling Americans Are Aiding the Call for More Biofuels
November 3, 2015 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (BloombergBusiness)  Obama administration may increase biofuel consumption targets; U.S. gasoline demand this year to reach highest since 2007  —  More demand means more gasoline being blended. And more blending means more ethanol potentially …

Biodiesel Poll: 80% of Voters Support a US Renewable Fuel Standard
November 2, 2015 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, 80 percent of US registered voters support a renewable fuel standard today and just 10 percent oppose. The remaining 9 percent are unsure.

Moore Information conducted an online survey …

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 …

Answers for Your Questions about Low Oil Prices and Renewable Fuels
October 30, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest looks at security and energy security —  …  This week, the head of Russian state intelligence service, Alexander Bortnikov,warned of a potential “invasion of Central Asia”by Taliban or …

Are White House Insiders With Connections to Big Oil Undermining the President’s Climate Change Agenda?
October 29, 2015 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  … (H)e must explain his decision to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard and hand Big Oil a decisive political victory. One lingering question is, did high-level White House staffers with …

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 …

Soapbox: Obama’s EPA Needs to More Aggressively Support Biodiesel
October 28, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Mortenson (Community Fuels/Sacramento Bee)   California took a major step forward in the fight against climate change recently by adopting an aggressive new low carbon fuel standard that will sharply reduce carbon pollution from …

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 …

ACE Members Pressure EPA, White House; Promote Octane Benefits of Ethanol
October 27, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/A,merican Coalition for Ethanol)  ACE members will keep working to help the EPA get the RFS on track will also continuing to work on other strategies to increase ethanol use, …

Obama’s Carbon Emission Hypocrisy
October 26, 2015 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) (The Hill)  On November 30, President Obama will join leaders from 196 nations in Paris for the COP 21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change. Ironically, that same day, …

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 …

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 …

The Biggest Trade Agreement You’ve Never Heard of
October 7, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The biggest expansion of free trade in a generation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership could reshape world trade in food and agriculture. Here’s the need to know:

What it is: The Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Biotechnology: OSTP Seeks Comment on Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology
October 7, 2015 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell, PC)  On October 6, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit relevant data and information, including case studies that may …

Senators Push White House on Ethanol Mandate
October 5, 2015 – 10:11 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group of senators is pushing the White House to issue a strong mandate for ethanol fuel.  Fourteen senators — a mix of Republicans and Democrats, many from ethanol-producing Midwestern states …

The Grand Vision Realized
September 21, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … In 2006 Indiana was in the midst of a revolution, a revolution that would change the fabric of the Hoosier farm economy forever. Ethanol plants were popping up around …

Executives Criticize RFS Delays on Cellulosic Growth
September 21, 2015 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Executives from the advanced biofuels industry are criticizing the Obama Administration for not adhering to its promise to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They say the lack of adhering to …

Scientists Ask Obama For RICO Investigation To End Climate Debate
September 17, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Richard (Examiner.com/Climate Change Dispatch)  According to Politico’s Morning Energy report published today, twenty climate scientists have sent a letter to President Obama urging him to jail climate skeptics using the RICO act. In …

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 …

How Much Is the US Really Investing in Biofuels Research?
September 10, 2015 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  I, like many of you reading this, am working on a concept paper for the US Department of Energy/Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s recent Bioenergy Technologies …

Is U.S. Commitment to Renewable Fuels Waning?
September 10, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by John Sedbrook (Chicago Business)  … The Obama administration has taken laudable strides to reconcile fossil fuel dependence and climate change. In the past few months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced new efforts to curb …

Fuels America Ad Targets Obama, Decries RFS Proposal
August 30, 2015 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Fuels America is sponsoring a full page ad Monday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, aimed at President Obama during his appearance at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada, where he is …

How to Detect Nonsense about Climate Change
August 4, 2015 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Stephen Stromberg (The Washington Post)  The final version of the Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s signature climate change policy, came out on Monday. Here’s how to tell whether the politicians, special interests and commentators …

EPA’s Endorsement of Carbon Utilization in Clean Power Plan A Huge Win for Algae Industry
August 3, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Opens the door for projects to convert waste CO2 into valuable products — The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection …

Estimating the Benefits from Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reductions
July 13, 2015 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Howard Shelanski and Maurice Obstfeldb (The White House)  … The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a tool that helps Federal agencies decide which carbon-reducing regulatory approaches make the most sense—to know which come at …

Biotechnology: White House Directs EPA, FDA, and USDA to Update the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology
July 6, 2015 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.)  With little fanfare or advanced notice to the general public, on July 2, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), …

OMB Weighs in on Biomass Language Included in Appropriations Bill
July 6, 2015 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement of administration policy that details its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Where Are the Gallons? Answers for Your Questions.
July 2, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Seen a number of high-profile cellulosic projects open in recent years, and not much ethanol being produced?  Wondered why? Here are answers to your questions.

As Jack Webb used to say …

The Boon of Reduced Oil Consumption
June 19, 2015 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

By Brian Deese and Jason Furman (The Washington Post/senior adviser to President Obama/Council of Economic Advisers)  … A new report this week by the Council of Economic Advisers documents that this drop in consumption is one …

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 …

National Farmers Union Concerned over Omission of RFS from GHG Reduction Plan
April 6, 2015 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson recently expressed concern over the exclusion of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in President Obama’s formal submission of a plan to the United Nations …

White House Science Fair Celebrates Student Research
March 30, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

By Emily Conover (Science Magazine) Sixteen-year-old Sophia Sánchez-Maes is all about algae. The slimy green stuff is an attractive candidate for biofuel production, but Sánchez-Maes wondered why the biofuel startups near her hometown of Las Cruces, …

Obama to Order Emissions Cuts in Federal Agencies
March 23, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) … A White House official said the order is a way for the government to “lead by example” by curbing emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases believed to cause global …

White House Reviews EPA Airplane Emissions Plan
March 4, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama  (The Hill) The White House is reviewing the first step the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to take toward regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes. … The White House’s review is the final step …

Lifting America’s Game in Climate Education, Literacy, and Training
December 8, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(The White House Office of Science and Technology)  …  Continued progress into the future will depend on ensuring a climate-smart citizenry and a next-generation American workforce of city planners, community leaders, engineers, and entrepreneurs who understand the urgent …

White House Threatens to Put Brakes on Alternative Fuels
November 25, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  As biotech masterminds and venture capitalists scramble to hatch a new generation of environmentally friendly fuels that can help power the average gasoline-burning car, they are confronting an unexpected …