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Ethanol Has Replaced Oil Trains as Hidden Safety Risk in N.J.
October 17, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Curtis Tate (  … The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, in the country’s energy boom of the past decade.
But …

Experts Urge Railroads to Improve Tracks, Tank Cars for Hazardous Fuel Shipments
October 12, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Bart Jansen (USA Today)  Railroads need to repair tracks better and continue to upgrade tank cars as they haul more hazardous cargo such as crude oil and natural gas, says a report Wednesday from the National …

Updating and Improving the Social Cost of Carbon
June 9, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Resources for the Future) The social cost of carbon is an economic tool used to quantify the societal benefits of reducing —or conversely the damages of emitting—one ton of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. The …

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

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

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects
January 6, 2017 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine)   … We received impassioned requests to give the public …

Biofuels Not Contributing to Decline in Bee Habitat
September 9, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(WNAX) A new study from the National Academy of Sciences says the expansion of corn and soybean acres to supply feed stock for biofuels is hampering habitat for bees. Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen says …

Report Release Presentation of “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects”
May 22, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine)  Distinction Between Genetic Engineering and Conventional Plant Breeding Becoming Less Clear, Says New Report on GE Crops  —  An extensive study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, …

National Academies Press Publishes “The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health”
February 9, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pool, Rapporteur; Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Institute of Medicine (National Academies Press) Liquid fuels are a major part of modern life. They supply …

Algae Biofuel Can Help Meet World Energy Demand, Researchers Say
July 9, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Mary-Ann Muffoletto ( Microalgae-based biofuel not only has the potential to quench a sizable chunk of the world’s energy demands, say Utah State University researchers. It’s a potential game-changer.
“That’s because microalgae produces much higher yields of …

Engineered Microbe Could Ease Switch to Grass
June 6, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Kate Yandell (The Scientist) Researchers from the University of Georgia and at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have engineered the thermophilic bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor bescii to directly convert switchgrass into ethanol, according to a study published …

Bill Requiring More E15 Study out of Committee, Gets CBO Review
May 3, 2013 – 12:55 am | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bill proposed Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would put E15 on hold for another round of studies was evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office.
…H.R. 875 would require the …

Petroleum Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Automobiles Could Drop 80 Percent by 2050; Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, and Strong Government Policies Will Be Needed
March 19, 2013 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(National Academies of Science)  A new National Research Council report finds that by the year 2050, the U.S. may be able to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent for light-duty vehicles — cars …

Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States
January 4, 2013 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Bradley Frieze (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Dr. Jennie Hunter-Cevera and Dr. Mark Jones of the National Academy of Science Division on Earth and Life Studies gave a public webinar on November 27th, 2012 about the …

UC San Diego Researchers Demonstrate Marine Algae Potential
January 2, 2013 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(University of California-San Diego/Biodiesel Magazine)  Biologists at UC San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that marine algae can be just as capable as fresh water algae in producing biofuels.
The scientists genetically engineered marine …

Large-Scale Production of Biofuels Made from Algae Poses Sustainability Concerns
October 25, 2012 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Scaling up the production of biofuels made from algae to meet at least 5 percent — approximately 39 billion liters — of U.S. transportation fuel needs would place unsustainable demands on energy, water, …

RFA Responds to Letter Sent to Senate Committee
December 7, 2011 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Ann Marie Edwards (  The Renewable Fuels Association(RFA) has sent a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee leadership refuting statements that were made in a Nov. 30th letter sent to the committee by …

RFS: It’s Not Perfect, But It’s Working
October 12, 2011 – 8:27 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (BIO/Biofuels Digest)  The Renewable Fuel Standard is the key foundation policy supporting the commercial development of advanced biofuels. It is not working as fast as some would like, but given the current …

NRC Report on RFS Misses Some ‘Real World’ Biofuel Industry Advances
October 6, 2011 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  As soon as a report assessing the economic and environmental impacts of the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) was issued by the National Research Council (NRC) Tuesday, many questions about the validity of …

RFA Challenges Completeness of National Academy of Sciences Biofuel Report
October 4, 2011 – 1:41 pm | One Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The results of a new National Academies of Sciences (NAS) study, entitled “Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy”, should be interpreted with extreme caution, the Renewable …

AMA Wants Motorcycles Included in Study of Ethanol-Blended Fuel
July 14, 2011 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(American Motorcycle Association)  The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is asking a key U.S. House panel to include motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in any future study of ethanol-blended gasoline.
In a letter sent July 11 to …

NRC Proposes Committee for Algal Biofuels
December 30, 2010 – 8:09 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The National Research Council has proposed to the National Academies to appoint a committee to examine the promise of sustainable development of algal biofuels, identify potential concerns, unforeseen sustainability challenges and unintended …