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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Biodiesel Helps Clear the Air in Most Visited National Park
September 11, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   The last thing a hiker wants to encounter is a haze of smog that diminishes the view from atop a picturesque vista.  With more than 11 million visitors annually, Great Smoky Mountains …

The United States of Oil and Gas
February 15, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Tim Meko and Laris Karklis (The Washington Post)  There are more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 130,000 have been drilled since 2010, according to Drillinginfo, a …

Trump Taps Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary
December 14, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has represented Montana’s at-large congressional seat for one term, to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior, according …

Trump Tabs Another Climate Denier, This Time for Interior
December 12, 2016 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Magill  (Climate Central)  U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a sixth-term Republican from Washington State who is a climate change denier and an ardent opponent of regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, has been nominated …

North America’s Grasslands Are Slowly Disappearing — And No One’s Paying Attention
December 1, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  The Great Plains lost more grassland to agriculture in 2014 than the Brazilian Amazon lost to deforestation, says a recent report from the World Wildlife Fund. And it argues that …

Trump’s Victory Shatters Energy Landscape
November 9, 2016 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  …  Biofuels: Trump said in Iowa in January that he wants ethanol volumes set under the Renewable Fuel Standard restored to statutory levels, but he has surrounded himself with RFS …

What a Donald Trump EPA Will Look Like with Climate Change Skeptic Myron Ebell at the Helm
October 4, 2016 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Paul Raeburn (Newsweek)  … (Myron) Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a prominent climate-change skeptic, was chosen at the end of September to head the …

Land-Use Change Rapidly Reducing Critical Honey Bee Habitat in Dakotas
August 30, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Geological Survey) The Northern Great Plains of North and South Dakota, which support over 40 percent of United States commercial honey bee colonies, are quickly becoming less conducive to commercial beekeeping as a result of …

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 …

Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
June 27, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty today for their participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling …

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 …

‘Status Quo’: Shell Spews Nearly 90,000 Gallons of Oil into Gulf of Mexico in Latest Spill
May 16, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Nika Knight  (CommonDreams.org)  ‘This spill shows why there is a new and vibrant movement in the Gulf of Mexico for no new drilling’  —  Royal Dutch Shell’s offshore drilling operations were pouring oil into …

This Mystery Was Solved: Scientists Say Chemicals from Fracking Wastewater Can Taint Fresh Water Nearby
May 12, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Darryl Fears (The Washington Post)  But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to …

There’s One Group Not Ready to Ditch the Donald: Ethanol Producers
May 10, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, says he’s confident that the next president — whether Donald Trump, or Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton — would be fine for the biofuel industry. …

Seismic Report Links Earthquakes to Fracking
April 7, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Adam Klasfeld (Courthouse News Service)  Officially linking a controversial natural gas-drilling method to earthquakes for the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey released a groundbreaking report documenting links between fracking and skyrocketing seismic activity.
Released …

Invisible Disaster of Aliso Canyon Leak May Give Methane Rules Momentum
January 15, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico Morning Energy)  The massive methane spill at the Aliso Canyon storage field has pumped out at least 77,500 metric tons of gas since Oct. 23, and it will be months before …

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 …

NM Lawmakers Call on Administration to Curb Natural Gas Waste Causing Methane Hot Spot Over San Juan Basin
July 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM))  In a letter this week to Office of Management and Budget (OPM) Director Shaun Donovan, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and …

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 …

Oklahoma Worries Over Swarm of Earthquakes and Connection to Oil Industry
February 6, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post)  … What to do about the plague of earthquakes is, however, very much an open question in Oklahoma. Last year, 567 quakes of at least 3.0 magnitude rocked a swath of …

5 Things to Know about Obama’s Next Climate Move: Methane
January 16, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields.
The plan relies …

House Oversight Committee to Feature New Energy, Cybersecurity Subcommittees
December 22, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Esther Whieldon (SNL)  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will feature a new subcommittee in 2015 dedicated almost entirely to energy issues and another that will examine cybersecurity, incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced …

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 …

The Old Man and the Rising Sea
December 7, 2014 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Guo (The Washington Post)  Assateague, a 37-mile-long smear off the shores of Maryland and Virginia, is the East Coast’s climate change canary. It’s one of the most vulnerable islands in America, almost certain …

Groups Call for Federal Regulations to Curb Methane Leaks
December 6, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)  Ninety health, environmental and sportsmen’s groups asked the federal government Thursday to clamp down on the release of methane gas by the petrochemical industry, asserting that the United States …

The Clogged Carbon Sink: U.S. Public Lands Are the Source of 4.5 Times More Carbon Pollution Than They Can Absorb
December 5, 2013 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by  Jessica Goad and Matt Lee-Ashley  (Center for American Progress)  Spanning more than one-fifth of the U.S. landmass, America’s national forests, national parks, and other public lands have long been valued for their ability to absorb and store …

Park Service Withdraws Comments on Fracking Rule
November 27, 2013 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Daly (Associated Press/ABC News)  The National Park Service has withdrawn “inappropriate” comments about a proposed rule regulating hydraulic fracturing operations on public lands.
Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis says no one in management reviewed …

Running Late, 4FRI Plan Gets New Steward
September 16, 2013 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Raquel Hendrickson (Bugle/Verde Independent)  … The unprecedented project intends to treat and restore ponderosa pine forests in the Coconino, Kaibab, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests in Arizona. Now, the massive stewardship contract has been transferred …

Team Up for Energy Victory
February 25, 2013 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Col. Bill Holmberg (ret.)  (American Council On Renewable Energy)   “Up with octane, down with aromatics, and embrace the needs of people and nature,” says ACORE’s legendary biomass guru. But less freak-out, more reach-out is …

White House Wants $2 billion to Give Cleaner Transport a Boost
February 14, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Patrick Rucker (Reuters)  President Barack Obama wants Congress to create a $2 billion clean-energy transportation fund using fees paid by oil and gas producers on federal lands, the White House said Wednesday, expanding a plan announced …

Mapping Grasslands for Biofuel Potential
April 10, 2012 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Geological Survey)  USGS scientists have developed a new method for mapping grasslands that demonstrate high potential for growing biofuel crops with relatively little energy input and environmental impact.
The pioneering investigation used remote sensing data …

Obama Administration Signals Higher Gas Royalties on Public Lands — and Anticipated Industry Resistance
June 17, 2011 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Evan Bush (iwatchnews)  In election year, Interior Department may take on a popular target: Big Oil
The Obama administration may be readying for a fight with the energy industry as it prepares to raise royalty …