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In a special to the Biofuels Digest, South Dakota Farmers Union president, Doug Sombke, pointed out that “Section 202(l) provision (of the Clean Air Act) requires EPA to regulate and reduce toxics in gasoline to the “greatest degree achievable”. In a review of air toxics in 2007 the agency acknowledged that other octane options, notably ethanol, could be the key to achieving that goal.” He also noted EPA’s “Office of Research and Development … last year acknowledged that gasoline exhaust is the predominant source of urban secondary organic aerosols.” And surmised, “Fine particulates and secondary organic aerosols are produced as a result of incomplete combustion and carry the lethal BETX compounds that travel great distances and can bypass our lungs and directly enter the bloodstream. This could explain the spike in not just respiratory diseases near roadways and in condensed urban areas but also neurological illness like autism and birth defects.” Environmental justice, any one? READ MORE
Nitin Gadkari Wants Cars to Run on Biofuels to Reduce Oil Bill Load
(Economic Times) Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari Friday pushed for greater usage of biofuels to reduce India’s annual oil import bill of Rs 7 lakh crore, putting the onus on local car makers to make more vehicles that can run on fossil-fuel substitutes.
The minister’s exhortation comes a day after the GST Council recommended reducing the producer levy on biofuels to 12% from 18%, a move seen to simultaneously support the farm sector and use cash saved on oil imports to help achieve New Delhi’s social-sector objectives.
India imports more than four-fifths of its crude oil needs.
‘Industry Ready for Challenge’
The commodity dwarfs all others in the country’s shopping basket. Increasing overseas dependence on crude oil, particularly during periods of tightening supplies and rising prices, typically widens India’s current account deficit while putting pressure on the currency and interest rates. READ MORE