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QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Pete Buttigieg

“American farming should be one of the key pillars of how we combat climate change,” candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said during the November 20 debate. “I believe that the quest for the carbon negative farm could be as big a symbol of dealing with climate change as the electric car

November 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Climate Change And Environment Get Little Time In Democratic Debate – Again

(Our Daily Planet) Two hours, ten candidates, four moderators, and less than 10 minutes of serious discussion of climate change in the Democratic Debate last night.  Only four of the ten candidates were asked a direct question or given a chance to provide a significant follow-up response on the issue that

November 21, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Charlotte Morton

“If the investment currently put into shale gas extraction was redirected to biogas production, we could make a major leap forward in achieving net zero emissions targets whilst helping meet the UK’s energy needs and developing an invaluable asset for exports,” said Charlotte Morton, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association’s chief

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

How Iowans Drove The National Debate On Carbon Farming

by Isabella Murray (Iowa Starting Line)  … (Beto) O’Rourke had read a guest op-ed by Leonard and Matt Russell, executive director of Interfaith Power and Light — a group that pushes for faith-based solutions to climate change — in the New York Times about how to win rural America. O’Rourke wanted to learn

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

SHV Energy Joins KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme

(KLM)  Delft University of Technology extends its participation for two-year period  —  SHV Energy has joined the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme (KCBP). In so doing, SHV Energy will reduce its headquarters’ CO2 emissions by 50%. Additionally, the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has extended its participation in KCBP for

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Whose Side Is Trump on? The Fight Continues…Corn Country and Oil Country Still Battling It out in Washington, DC

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) …  It’s a back and forth game of Trump’s promises to help farmers and agriculture and support ethanol and biofuels, EPA giving small refinery waivers to big oil companies, …. … (T)he latest responses from Midwest Senators, the American Coalition for Ethanol, how both

November 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Environmental Justice Takes the Spotlight

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE GETS 2020 FOCUS: 2020 Democratic front-runner Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, author Marianne Williamson, former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney will participate in a forum today focused on environmental justice. The first-of-its-kind event is hosted by the National Black

November 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Amy Klobuchar: Donald Trump’s Presidency of Broken Promises Is further Dividing America

by Amy Klobuchar (Argus Leader) ‘When we’re straight with the American people, we can build an even bigger coalition with an optimistic economic and justice agenda for this country.’  — From town halls to fish fries, debate stages to Hall of Fame dinners, we have talked a lot about changing our

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article

For Trump, Hints of Trouble in Ethanol Country

by Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times/Washington Post) … (J.D.) Scholten, a 39-year-old former semi-pro pitcher, was out on a 14-county “Don’t Forget About Us Tour” targeting Iowa towns of 1,000 people or fewer in his uphill climb against Rep. Steve King, the anti-immigrant Republican who dabbles in white nationalism. King’s

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Buttigieg Says There’s Real Cost to Trump’s Broken RFS Promises

by Bob Fisher (KGLO/Radio Iowa) Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says President Trump isn’t keeping his promises to Iowa’s agricultural community when it comes to the Renewable Fuels Standard. “Actions speak louder than words and the president says he cares about farmers, but if you look what he’s done with the RFS

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Green School Students Britt Koens and Her Sister Marein Make Biofuel for Bali Buses

by Tom Forrest (ABC News)  A bamboo school and turning fried chicken oil into fuel — this is what school life has been for two young sisters making biofuel for school buses and a unique motorcycle in Indonesia. —  …Speaking to the ABC during a family holiday in Western Australia’s

November 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Young Voters Rank Climate #1 Voting Issue, Will the Political Parties Take Note?

(Our Daily Planet)  The issue that young American voters care about most is climate change, according to a new study by the Cause and Social Influence Initiative. While previous data has shown that these same voters are concerned by the climate crisis, the study also found that young people trust social movements more

October 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Foundation Receives Clean Diesel Project Grant

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The National Biodiesel Foundation has been awarded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funding for its 2020 National Clean Diesel Project. In partnership with Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT), Optimus Technologies, and Renewable Energy Group (REG), the project supports the purchase of three new replacement snowplows that

October 25, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: Weather Channel to Host Its Own Climate Forum for 2020 Democrats — and Some Republicans

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  … The weather news network … is set to air an hour-long prime-time special of interviews with nine 2020 White House hopefuls focused on how to tackle the causes and effects of global warming.  The special, planned for Nov. 7, is yet another sign that the

October 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Tell an Inspiring Story to Move the Planet Forward: Enter to Win our Storyfest Award DEADLINE: January 31, 2020

(Planet Forward at GW)  Grand Prize: A storytelling voyage to Iceland with Lindblad Expeditions and Planet Forward in summer 2020!  —  There is no story more gripping than that of our changing planet — and the solutions to sustain it. While problems from climate to plastic use to conservation abound,

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Farm Leaders Warn Trump Could Lose Rural Voters unless He Makes Good on Ethanol Deal

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Angry over proposed ethanol changes, Iowa agriculture leaders warned Wednesday that President Donald Trump will lose rural voters next year unless he makes good on a deal to restore millions of gallons of lost renewable fuel demand. “No more Iowa nice. Now, it’s Iowa pissed,” said Craig Floss, CEO

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Puget Sound Unveils New Regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard COMMENTS DUE: January 6, 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Washington state we have news that the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued its Low Carbon Fuel Standard rule for consideration.  This is the first economic region to attempt a Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and follows on from the failure of the Washington State

October 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA’s Public Comment to Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change on Benefits of Biofuels in Climate Change Mitigation Plan

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change advises the state’s Governor and General Assembly “on ways to mitigate the causes of, prepare for, and adapt to the consequences of climate change.” The MCCC is chaired by Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles and consists

October 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Growdiesel Ventures Limited, India’s Leading Biofuel Company Launches Renewable Fuel Industrial Training Certification for Students

(Growdiesel Ventures Limited/Futures Trading Charts) Established in 2001, Growdiesel is India’s leading Renewable Fuel company that is providing innovative turn-key solutions to various Government, Hotels, Hospitals, Residential societies, Corporates, Schools and other sectors. They are solving World’s 2 biggest problems: Waste Elimination & Fuel Generation. Growdiesel solves these 2 problems by converting

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Special Report on the Climate Crisis in the 2020 Primary

(The Climate Change Project)  … While the need to act on climate has never been more clear, the good news is that candidates are responding to urgent need and public desire for serious action. They are participating in historic climate town halls and forums, releasing ambitious and comprehensive climate plans, and

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste MY Renewable Diesel Is Now Available in All Baltic Countries, Including Estonia

(Neste) Neste will introduce Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, produced from 100% renewable raw materials, in Estonia during October 2019. During the initial phase, private car owners and heavy-duty vehicle drivers can refuel with renewable diesel at one station in Tallinn, at Kadaka tee 60, Tallinn. With the expansion, Neste MY Renewable Diesel will

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States

Michael B. Gerrard and John C. Dernbach, Editors (Environmental Law Institute) Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States provides a “legal playbook” for deep decarbonization in the United States, identifying well over 1,000 legal options for enabling the United States to address one of the greatest problems facing this country

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Undergraduates Participate in Bioenergy Research at GLBRC

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Each year, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) hosts a group of undergraduate students to participate in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, designed to immerse students in research. This summer, 11 undergraduate students joined laboratories at Michigan State University and the University

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

‘Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel’ Program Selects Two New Leaders

(Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel (NGSB)) Hop onto a red CyRide bus in Ames, Iowa, and there’s a pretty good chance it’s fueled by a biodiesel blend. That’s thanks in part to the work of Sam Kramer, a chemical engineering and economics undergraduate, who helped get the school’s unique “BioBus” program going

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Oakland, CA Benefits from Renewable Diesel Fuel

(Diesel Technology Forum) Oakland’s equipment and services manager, Joey Williams, chats about the difference using renewable diesel fuel has made for the city’s diesel-powered vehicles. WATCH VIDEO

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

“Industry, NHTSA, EPA, and other relevant agencies should promote the use of biodiesel and renewable diesel in MHDV engines…,” advises the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in a new study, Reducing Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Phase Two.  READ MORE

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

KLM and Microsoft Join Forces to Advance Sustainable Air Travel

(KLM) Today KLM and Microsoft signed a Letter of Intent in Washington to explore cooperation focused on sustainable air travel. The agreement includes commitment to purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which has the potential to reduce up to 80 percent of CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuel, across the lifecycle,

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnair’s Passenger Biofuel Purchase Initiative Takes off with First SAF Flights from San Francisco

(GreenAir Online) Following its ‘Push for change’ initiative launched earlier this year, Finnair has used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on two flights from San Francisco to Helsinki. The initiative encourages passengers to either offset the carbon emissions from their flights or mitigate their carbon footprint through paying to contribute towards the

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Minneapolis Drivers Win With E15

(Minneapolis Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM rewarded drivers who chose Unleaded Plus (E15) at the ARCO on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis on Oct 3 during an hour-long promotion. During the promotion, MN Biofuels and KS95 rewarded 16 drivers with prizes that included $20 in cash,

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Board Now Leads the Way towards Sustainable Flying

(Board Now)  Launch of SkyNRG’s ground-breaking program paves the way to sustainable aviation; 85 per cent reduction of emissions as a result of sustainable aviation fuel  — Today (October 3, 2019), a significant step will be taken towards sustainable flying. Dutch company SkyNRG, global leader in sustainable aviation fuel, officially launches

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Northeast States Draft Regional Policy Proposal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution from Transportation Lacks Renewable Fuel Emphasis DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: November 5, 2019

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Nothing has been decided yet about the treatment of biofuels” or renewable fuels in the proposed program to cap transportation emissions in 13 Northeastern US jurisdictions, according to the chair of the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Leadership and Workgroup,  Kathleen Theoharides, Secretary, Massachusetts Executive

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Farm-State Fury Creates Pressure for Trump as Trade, Energy Pain Collide

by David J. Lynch (Washington Post)  … After two decades, Siouxland (Energy Cooperative) this month halted operations following the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to exempt 31 small oil refiners from a federal law requiring them to blend ethanol in their gasoline. The waivers, which the Trump administration has approved almost

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Big Law Firms Draft Model Climate Laws in Pro Bono Project

by Stephanie Russell-Kraft (Bloomberg)  More than 20 law firms join pro bono effort led by two law school professors; Draft laws and regulations will be publicly available to local, state and federal lawmakers  — More than 20 Big Law firms have signed on to a pro-bono project developing model laws and

September 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump’s Billion-Dollar Gambit: An Ethanol Deal to Meet the Demands of Farmers and Big Oil

by Tim Mullaney (CNBC)  President Trump is planning an ethanol deal to please U.S. farmers angry that many oil refiners have been freed from obligations to use oil-based fuel. The deal, still not yet reduced to a written bill, is likely to make oil companies that have been given permission

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Climate Forum Day 2 Highlights

(Our Daily Planet) Here is a quick recap of the highlights of Day 2 of the Climate Forum on Friday — five hours of candidate interviews and it even got bi-partisan by the end.  Two candidates — Booker and Buttigieg — made the argument in moral terms — referencing how future generations will judge us

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

‘Very Engaged’ Trump Talks Biofuels Policy with U.S. Oil-State Senators

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters)  President Donald Trump on Thursday discussed biofuels policy with senators from U.S. oil states, including Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, who said the president was engaged on the issue that has pitted Big Oil and Big Corn against each other. The oil industry is opposed to the

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

SAS Offers Passengers Option to Purchase Biofuel

(Flight Global)  Scandinavian operator SAS is offering passengers the opportunity to purchase biofuel as part of the airline’s sustainability strategy. The initiative is a not-for-profit service, simply adding to biofuels already being bought by the airline. Customers will be able to purchase 20min “blocks” of flight time powered by biofuel, says SAS, on a

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

“I’ve been hoodwinked so many times, not just by the EPA on this issue, but by other bureaucracies as well, so I’m going to see if what we talked about is the end product,” Senatory Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told reporters on September 17 referencing enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Will the RFS Deal Protect Innovation and Our Planet?

by Stephanie Batchelor (Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)/Biofuels Digest) As we speculate on the details and implications of the administration’s renewable fuels deal, the future of an entire green industry hangs in the balance. The debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has become muddied with rhetoric about special interests and government

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

The New Face of Climate Activism Is Young, Angry — and Effective

by Ella Nilsen (Vox) A growing sea of crusaders known as the Sunrise Movement has helped put climate change on the national agenda. Most aren’t even 30.  —  … The three-bedroom apartment in Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood is one of a handful of so-called movement houses around the country where

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Raleigh Harvests Dorothea Dix Park Sunflowers for Biofuel

by Anthony Wilson (ABC 11)  The colorful sunflowers that delighted thousands in Dorothea Dix Park are just a memory now. The field is now filled with dried stalks and seeds now. Those seeds have a role in the city’s future, now that they’re harvested for conversion to biofuel. ABC11 rode

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Request for Information DEADLINE: November 22, 2019

(House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis) The climate crisis already is harming communities across America. The costs and impacts to the United States in the coming decades could exceed hundreds of billions of dollars annually. To limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, global net carbon

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

New Corporate Climate Commitment: Buying Negative Emissions

by Josh Siegel & Abby Smith (Washington Examiner’s Daily on Energy)   Companies are starting to include direct investments in carbon capture and sequestration in their climate and sustainability plans. Shopify, the fast-growing e-commerce platform company, is the latest company to do so, committing to buy $1 million of sequestered carbon annually.

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Global Leaders Issue Report Underscoring Imminent Need for Adaptation

(Solutions from the Land) A panel of political, business and environmental leaders is the latest to issue warnings about the growing climate crisis emanating from increasingly volatile global weather patterns. Citing what it calls new research findings, the Global Commission on Adaptation, which is led by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Many U.S. Farmers Fume at Washington, Not Trump, over Biofuel, Trade Policies

by P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek  (Reuters)   …  Many farmers are angry, and some are directing their anger not at the Republican president, but at Washington’s bureaucracy. Trump has faced backlash from agricultural groups, ethanol producers and Midwestern politicians upset that his trade war with China has slashed export sales

September 10, 2019 Read Full Article

King Willing to Debate Feenstra, Taylor

by Ty Rushing (NWestIowa.com)  … During his town hall, King addressed multiple topics including immigration, trade negotiations and the struggles of the agricultural renewable fuels community. POET Biorefining, the nation’s largest ethanol producer, has a plant south of Ashton, which King made reference to when questioning a recent decision by the

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Plan Faces Fresh Backlash from U.S. Agricultural Trade Groups

by Chris Prentice, Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  U.S. agricultural trade groups on Friday told the Trump administration a proposed biofuel reform package falls short of expectations, four sources familiar with discussions said, complicating plans the administration had for presenting the proposal to President Donald Trump. … The plan

September 8, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)

According to Reuters‘ reporters Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw, Terry Branstad, the former Iowa governor and now U.S. ambassador to China, showed a map of counties that had flipped in Trump’s favor in 2016 but were now considered at risk in the November 2020 election. Branstad also listed quotes from

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump in High-Stakes Balancing Act between Oil and Corn ahead of 2020 Bid

by Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  At a closed-door meeting at the White House on Aug. 19, President Donald Trump looked increasingly alarmed as his top envoy to China delivered evidence of rising Farm Belt frustration over his biofuel policy along with a stark warning: You’ve got a problem in

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Politico’s 2020 Tracker: 2020 Candidates Views on Energy, Environment & Climate Change

(Politico) … All of the candidates have embraced a target of “net-zero” emissions by 2050 or earlier, and they all propose spending trillions of dollars over the next decade to get there. But many plans are fuzzy on where the money would come from, and Congress may be unwilling to cooperate.

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Petroleum Industry Warns Trump It Will Fight Ethanol Moves

by Dave Boyer (The Washington Times) A leading trade group for the petroleum industry warned President Trump on Tuesday to ditch his plan to boost ethanol production, saying it would be a “disastrous political decision.” …  He (Frank Macchiarola, a vice president of the American Petroleum Institute) said the petroleum industry

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Highlights of CNN Climate Town Hall First Half – Castro, Yang, Harris, Klobuchar and Biden AND CNN Climate Town Hall Part 2: Sanders, Warren Buttigieg, O’Rourke, Booker

(Our Daily Planet) The CNN Town Hall on the Climate Crisis was a marathon session — seven hours of nearly uninterrupted climate conversation. With so many candidates and so much ground to cover, and many similarities among the candidates, it may in retrospect be a bit of a blur for the

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

On Climate Change, Senator Warren Has a New Plan — Inslee’s Old Plan

(Our Daily Planet) … Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is known for having a plan for everything, put out a “new” climate-related plan — that is basically Jay Inslee’s clean energy plan. Senator Warren, in announcing the plan on Medium said, “Today, I’m embracing that goal by committing to adopt and

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Julián Castro Unveils Climate Plan Centered on Green New Deal Principles

by Alex Samuels (Texas Tribune)  The plan carries a $10 trillion price tag and calls on the country to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045.  —  … Over the course of the next decade, Castro is calling for “immediate and significant” reduction in greenhouse gas emissions until the country achieves net-zero

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Reveals Climate Plan

by Miro Korenha (Our Daily Planet)  … Mayor Pete Buttigieg revealed his climate plan, a comprehensive vision to tackle some of the most carbon-intensive sectors of our economy. … Net Zero:  No later than 2050 Cost: No total cost was initially identified, although individual spending programs) such as a $200 billion investment over 10

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump, Biofuels, 2020 and the Prospect of a Farmer Flip

by Matt Carr (Biofuels Digest/New Energy America)  … President Trump has repeatedly buckled under pressure from fossil fuel interests and their Wall Street backers, giving an unprecedented number of “small refinery waivers” to oil refiners that have reported record profits year over year, significantly undermining biofuel production by destroying nearly 4

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Booker: We Will Stop the Oil Refinery Waivers, as Part of $3 Trillion Clean Energy and Infrastructure Plan

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In New Jersey, Senator Cory Booker announced that, if elected as US President, he would “Immediately end the granting of unwarranted RFS small refinery waivers to big oil companies, and substantially increase funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Booker became the second US

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — American Petroleum Institute

In a February 2018 letter to the EPA from the American Petroleum Institute: “…RIN costs are largely recovered by refineries, both large and small, through the increased value of gasoline and diesel fuel they supply to the market.”  … “These points make clear that small refinery exemptions are unnecessary as

September 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Teases Work on Policy Package to Boost Ethanol

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) President Donald Trump issued a tweet Aug. 29 suggesting his administration is working on a “giant package” to boost demand for ethanol. He did not indicate what the timeframe for the release of that package might be. Trump’s tweet followed weeks of outrage by

September 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Election Campaigns Can Boost Role of Agriculture in Combating a Changing Climate

(Solutions from the Land)  Rural America drew a considerable amount of attention in the last presidential election. President Trump won the White House in large part due to the support he received from voters in this nation’s vast non-metropolitan areas. As a result, most of this year’s wide range of

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Corn Farmers to Trump: The Government Put Us in ‘One Hell of a Bad Situation’

by Tal Axelrod (The Hill) The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) blasted the Trump administration on Tuesday, saying the government has put it in “one hell of a bad situation.” The trade association hammered President Trump for approving what it called 31 “unjustified” refinery waivers tied to ethanol, along with his year-plus trade war

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Governor Planning DC Meeting over ‘Short Term Crisis’ in Ethanol Industry

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Governor Kim Reynolds and Midwest governors are planning a trip to Washington, D.C. to talk with President Trump about unrest in farm country. “Let him know first-hand what’s happening on the ground,” Reynolds said this morning. The Trump Administration recently granted waivers to oil companies,

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Klobuchar: In First 100 Days as President, Pledges Moratorium on Oil Refinery Waivers, Restoration of Renewable Fuels Tax Credit and More

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Klobuchar says “I will stop the oil refinery waivers”: In Iowa, US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said that, if elected President in 2020, would in her first 100 days in office order a moratorium on oil refinery waivers issued under the Renewable Fuel Standard, restore the

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Crown Oil Invests in HVO Biofuel to Help Sector Be Greener

(Green Fleet) Crown Oil has invested in a stock of Hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) biofuel in a bid to shift demand in UK transport sector from diesel and gas oil to an environmentally-friendly alternative. Hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) is a second-generation premium biofuel made from renewable and sustainable sources, and reduces

August 27, 2019 Read Full Article

The Big Six: Trump, Biden, Warren, Klobuchar, Yang, Buttigieg Score in the Digest’s Bioeconomy 2020 US Presidential Poll

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, US President Donald Trump led 19 other candidates in the first Digest Bioeconomy 2020 US Presidential Poll, gaining 31.7 percent support in the bipartisan poll which featured 18 leading Democratic candidates along with the President and his lone declared Republican challenger. Leading among

August 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Andrew Yang Rolls Out Climate Plan in New Hampshire

(Our Daily Planet)  With a healthy dose of both optimism and realism, Andrew Yang rolled out an ambitious plan to spend $5T over 20 years to combat climate change and get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2049 using the slogan “Lower Emissions, Higher Ground” to sum up his approach.   The plan begins with the

August 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Orders Biofuel Boost in Bid to Temper Farm State Anger

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  2021 quotas will jump to make up for oil refinery exemptions; Move could alienate Rust Belt refinery workers in Pennsylvania  — President Donald Trump, seeking to tamp down political fallout in U.S. farm states essential to his re-election, has ordered federal agencies

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: Bernie Sanders Announces a $16.3 Trillion Green New Deal

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post) Bernie Sanders released a comprehensive plan to address a “climate crisis” on par with the threat America faced during the Second World War, vowing to declare the global buildup of planet-warming gases a national emergency and to spend more than any other Democratic candidate has proposed to address the issue.

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

2020 Dems Aim to Capitalize on Trump’s Ethanol Policy

by Brian Dabbs  (National Journal)  Democratic presidential candidates are exploiting a controversial White House ethanol policy to try to generate support among President Trump’s staunchest backers. The Environmental Protection Agency waived ethanol blending requirements for more than 30 petroleum refiners earlier this month, in a move that continues to infuriate

August 22, 2019 Read Full Article

10 Democratic Presidential Candidates Will Participate in CNN Climate Town Hall

by Mark Preston (CNN) en Democratic candidates for president have qualified for next month’s Climate Crisis Town Hall, which will air exclusively on CNN platforms. CNN is devoting the evening of Sept. 4 to the climate crisis. Eight of the Democratic candidates initially accepted CNN’s invitation to discuss this critically

August 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Energypath 2019 in Review

(Sustainable Energy Fund) Energypath 2019 was held at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA on Thursday, July 25th, 2019. More than 240 industry and aspiring industry professionals attended the conference to learn about the future of energy financing from nationally recognized energy industry experts. The conference was preceded by a series of

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Educators from across the Country Gathered in Washington, D.C. at the Summer Institute to Learn New Ways to #TeachClimate!

(Climate Generation)  Our 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education prepared educators to teach climate change using art and literature – because this issue isn’t meant for just the science classroom. We partnered with Lowell School and the NOAA Climate Office to put on three action-packed days filled with

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Lufthansa Innovation Hub launches the “Compensaid” Sustainability Platform and Focuses on CO2 Neutral Aviation Fuels

(Lufthansa Group)  Travelers can use the new platform to replace the fossil fuel of their flights with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF); Airline passengers can reduce up to 80 percent of their CO2 emissions; “Compensaid” provides a transparent overview of a person’s travel history and associated CO2 emissions across all airlines

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Wound up over Waivers

by Alex Guillén (Politico’s Morning Energy) EPA’s internal watchdog is being asked to determine how the agency decided to grant the vast majority of exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard that oil refiners have requested. EPA approved 31 petitions for waivers from the 2018 requirements, while rejecting just six, and

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Dems Fear another Rural Wipeout Will Reelect Trump

By Elena Schneider and Catherine Boudreau (Politico)  Pitches by some 2020 candidates aren’t yet translating into a broad conversation about the needs of rural voters.  — As Democratic presidential candidates descended on the Iowa State Fair, a plane buzzed overhead, an ominous warning fluttering behind it on a banner: “Focus on

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Facts Not Furor: What the 2020 Candidates Should Be Focused On

by Daniel Gage (ACT News/NGV America)  …  One candidate said we have less than 10 years to act. Many candidates agree that we don’t have time to wait. So why then are we waiting for large scale light-duty electric vehicle adoption that will take decades? Why are we waiting for medium-

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

To Global Automakers – Offer More Ethanol Vehicles in U.S.!

by Paul Kamp, in conjunction with Chris Schwarck (ipetitions) To: CEO’s of Global Automakers:  We are consumers of your vehicles and we request that you manufacture cars and trucks of all models, engines and trim levels that will allow the use of higher ethanol blends such as E15, E20, E30 and E85

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: Trump Ordered Waivers: Ongoing Court Challenges May Be Only Avenue Left for Biofuels

by By Todd Neeley and Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  …The president sided with oil refiners over ethanol producers and corn farmers, just two months after reiterating his support for ethanol at a rally held at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to celebrate the approval of year-round

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

In Iowa, Candidates Are Talking About Farming’s Climate Change Connections Like No Previous Election

by Georgina Gustin (Inside Climate News)  About half the candidates have policy proposals or statements addressing climate change impacts on agriculture or farming’s potential as a climate solution. … They also brought an unprecedented focus on agriculture‘s connections with climate change—an issue that’s getting more traction among rural Midwestern voters and farmers in

August 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Intervention Triggered EPA’s Surprise Biofuel Waiver Decision: Sources

by Humeyra Pamuk  (Reuters) A phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump last week ended a nearly two-month-long review of the nation’s biofuels program, three sources familiar with the matter said, with the White House siding in favor of oil refiners over corn growers. Trump gave Andrew Wheeler, head of the U.S.

August 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Available for Viewing: Public Workshop: Low-Carbon Transportation Investments, Strategies, and Outcomes

(Transportation and Climate Initiative/Georgetown Climate Center) On Tuesday, July 30, more than 300 community members, transportation, environmental and social justice advocates, business and industry representatives, and state and local officials participated in the Transportation & Climate Initiative workshop on Low-Carbon Transportation Investments, Strategies, and Outcomes in Baltimore, Maryland. At the workshop

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

How to De-Fossilize Your Fleet: Suggestions for Fleet Managers Working on Sustainability Programs

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Cities, companies, universities, organizations pledge to be 100% renewable (or 50%) by a certain date.  But how often does that pledge include renewable transportation energy?  Occasionally.  But it could be better.  At conferences, sustainability events, by phone and email, I’ve discussed with fleet managers

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and former Senator Timothy Wirth (D-CO)

“Public policy to date has put almost the entire burden of the (transportation) sector’s transformation on the nation’s vehicles. Shouldn’t the fuels they burn get equal attention?“ That’s the question asked by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and former Senator Timothy Wirth (D-CO) in an op-ed in The Hill.  READ MORE

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Farmers Stick With Trump Despite Trade War

by John McCormick and Jesse Naranjo (Wall Street Journal)  … “He’s doing the right thing,” said Leo Balk, a fifth-generation farmer who raises corn, soybeans, oats, beef and dairy cows on about 300 acres near New Hampton, Iowa. “It hurts, but his concept is absolutely right.” One of the reasons farmers

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Team Brad and Biobug

(National Biodiesel Education Program/University of Idaho) Adventure Awaits!  After aliens invade, the earth is pretty bleak…that is, until deliverymen Brian and Chad (Team Brad) get a mysterious package with a clue to stop the intruders! Join Team Brad and their talking biodiesel car, Biobug, on an exciting road trip where biofuels may

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Growth Energy and GasBuddy Partner to Launch Unleaded 88 on GasBuddy App

(Growth Energy)  Today (August 13, 2019), Growth Energy and GasBuddy announced that drivers across the nation can now take advantage of Unleaded 88’s affordable prices through GasBuddy’s database and app. Unleaded 88 is a fuel with 15 percent renewable biofuel approved for cars 2001 and newer, and thanks to the recent

August 14, 2019 Read Full Article

The Safrinha Subpoena, or, Do They that Soy the Wind Ripen the Whirlwind?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Today we’re going to relate a detective story which begins with an unexplained and foul stink, and branches off into climate, trade, the eradication of poverty, crop rotation, the politics of the Amazon, the flow vectors of tropical seas, seafloor convection, the future of beach

August 13, 2019 Read Full Article

“Just the Bagasse”: UFG Researcher Studies Biofuel Production with Cerrado Fruit Residues

(UFG Journal (Google Translation)) …   A research conducted at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) evaluates the use of fruits as alternative and unconventional sources of natural origin for ethanol production. In addition to testing with jamelão, a plant of Indian origin that has adapted well in several regions of Brazil,

August 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Expression of Interest to Be Floated for Procurement of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil across 100 Cities

(Government of India Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas) World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th of August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlight the various efforts made by Government in the biofuel sector. Ministry of Petroleum

August 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Increase in Biofuel Sales in France

(News 1)  The bioethanol kit is a small box placed on the engine that can make you do great savings. Indeed, a liter of bioethanol costs on average one euro of one liter of petrol. And even if with bioethanol we consume a little more fuel, the money gain remains very

August 8, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Patrick Gruber

“This pilot with the City of Seattle has shown the measurable reduction in pollution with a renewable blended fuel,” said Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo. “Imagine replacing the whole gallon of gasoline with low-carbon renewable gasoline that has high performance, yet would reduce pollution and improve air quality more significantly.” 

August 8, 2019 Read Full Article

The Comet Now Uses Biodiesel in Its 39 Diesel Buses

(Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (CMRTA)/Mass Transit Magazine)  The Comet now uses a B5 biodiesel blend in 39 large transit buses as part of an initiative to help improve air quality in Richland and Lexington Counties, and reduce its carbon footprint. Biodiesel is vegetable-oil based, renewably resources, less polluting and biodegradable.

August 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Bringing Biodiesel to BHSU

by Alex Portal (Black Hills Pioneer)  A local senior at Black Hills State University is pioneering the use of biodiesel fuel on campus.  “The idea is to take the cooking oil from A’viands cafeteria, convert it to biodiesel, and then use it to power facilities equipment,” said Nick Pappas, of Spearfish, who

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Lincolnshire Fish and Chip Company Launches New Biogas Venture with Veolia

(Bioenergy Insight)  A Lincolnshire fish and chip company is launching a new biogas project as part of its zero waste to landfill pledge. The Elite Fish and Chip Company will now ensure all of its waste is reused, recycled, composted or converted into energy. The 30-year-old business has partnered with resource

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: Kamala Harris and Jay Inslee’s New Climate Plans Target ‘Environmental Injustice’

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  … On Monday, two contenders, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, released climate plans aimed at ensuring communities already facing an exceptionally large amount of pollution don’t get saddled with any more. The proposals come as environmental groups demand presidential candidates address the socioeconomic

August 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mentioned at Workshop for Mid-Atlantic and Northeast States Transportation & Climate Initiative

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Along with about 300 state lawmakers, business leaders, transportation experts, and public figures, I met in Baltimore, Maryland, July 30, 2019, at a regional public workshop on developing low-carbon investment strategies and priorities for the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI), a regional partnership for

July 31, 2019 Read Full Article
    Stakeholder Meeting on Climate and Transportation   —   August 15, 2019   —   Albany, NY

Stakeholder Meeting on Climate and Transportation — August 15, 2019 — Albany, NY

The State departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Transportation (DOT), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are conducting statewide stakeholder outreach to inform New York’s potential participation in a multi-state initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector organized by the Transportation and

July 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Positive Climate Perspective: Iowans Educate Democrats on Solutions Farmers, Biofuels Offer on Climate Change

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  As Democratic presidential candidates traipse through Iowa talking about their plans to address climate change, a mixed group of farmers and biofuel advocates are stressing the role agriculture can play as a solution. Matt Russell, executive director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, also operates

July 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Gillibrand and Steyer Roll Out Detailed Climate Plans

(Our Daily Planet) Last week Democratic Presidential candidates Tom Steyer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand both issued impressively detailed and comprehensive climate change plans. Senator Gillibrand rolled out her plan on Medium, calling it a climate change “moonshot” and pledging to phase out fossil fuels and be carbon neutral by 2050 or sooner

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

An Agenda for Rural Communities

by John Hickenlooper (The Gazette) … The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been vital for rural economic growth. In Iowa alone, there are nearly 50,000 jobs related to ethanol production and nearly 40 percent of all Iowa corn is used to produce ethanol. As president, I would stop the EPA

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol vs. Environment: Democratic Hopefuls Campaign on Clashing Agendas

by Jarrett Renshaw and Humeyra Pamuk  (Reuters) Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is a champion of the corn-based ethanol industry when she campaigns in rural towns dotting the U.S. Farm Belt. But in Washington, the U.S. senator from Massachusetts is among the co-sponsors of the Green New Deal, which calls for the

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

“EPA is screwing around with the program to the detriment of agriculture and the ethanol industry. EPA needs to stop doing the bidding of big oil companies,” Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told reporters July 23, 2019, with regard to small refinery “economic hardship” exemptions according to Politico’s Morning Energy. READ

July 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Executive Interview: Technology, Efficiency and Strategy Drive Frito-Lay’s Fleet Sustainability

(ACT News)  An ACT News Executive Interview with Mari Roberts, senior director of transportation, Frito-Lay, a company at the forefront of implementing advanced vehicle technologies and fuel efficiencies. Frito-Lay continues to lead by example with their advanced fleet and demonstrate environmental stewardship across all operations. The Frito-Lay fleet currently operates electric

July 22, 2019 Read Full Article

These Candidates See Farming as a Climate Solution. Here’s What They’re Proposing.

by Georgina Gustin (Inside Climate Change)  … Sen. Michael Bennet, like Biden, writes about voluntary markets to support better soil carbon practices. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg talked at the first debate about climate change and farming’s role, and how “the right kind of soil management and other kind of investments, rural America could be a huge

July 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Biden Plan Seeks to Boost Rural America through Investments

by Alexandra Jaffe (Associated Press)  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday sought to build on his appeal to rural voters with the release of a broad plan to revitalize rural America through investments in agriculture, rural economies and infrastructure. … The plan builds on policies Biden has already released on health

July 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Gillibrand Tours Plant

by Mike Putz  (Dyersville Commercial)  Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand might be trailing in the polls both in Iowa and nationally, but she believes stops like the one she made to Big River Resources in Dyersville will convince Iowans to send her to the White House. The New York Senator visited

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

A Political ‘Fight to the Knife’ over Ethanol Comes to Wisconsin

by Chris Hubbuch (Wisconsin State Journal)  … “There’s (a) civil war within the Republican Party,” said Scott Irwin, chairman of agricultural marketing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “It’s pitting two significant Republican constituencies of the president and neither one is now in a position to issue any kinds of

July 15, 2019 Read Full Article

11 Fatal No-No’s and 15 Yay-Yay’s: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Lobbying for Your Cause

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s tough to win the public policy debate and the government agency funding battles, so American Diversified Energy offered this super helpful presentation at the ABLC this past April on how to make sure you are lobbying – successfully – for your cause and shared the

July 15, 2019 Read Full Article
    UN Youth Climate Action Summit 2019  —   September 21, 2019   —   New York, NY

UN Youth Climate Action Summit 2019 — September 21, 2019 — New York, NY

(United Nations)  Young leaders from around the world are convening on Saturday, September 21 to showcase climate solutions and engage with global leaders on the defining issue of our time.  The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Republicans Form Conservation Caucus to Take on Environment, Climate Change

by Rebecca Beitsch (The Hill)  Republicans on Wednesday launched an environment-minded conservation caucus aimed at battling the perception that their party doesn’t care about climate change. Dubbed the Republican Roosevelt Conservation Caucus after National Park Service founder President Teddy Roosevelt, the bicameral group lists public land access, water quality and ocean

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

A Clinician’s Role in Climate Change Awareness

(Simmons University)  … In order to deliver the highest quality care and education, providers need accurate scientific information about the influence of climate change on diseases, respiratory function, nutrition, and morbidity. Providers are ethically bound to advance health holistically, and with climate change, this means translating information into advocacy. The effects

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Firm Launches Plan to Cut One Trillion Tons of CO2 From Atmosphere

(Solutions from the Land)  A company that says it is “dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet,” announced last month the launch of The Terraton Initiative™, a project designed to accelerate carbon sequestration at an unprecedented scale. … Among the steps cited by Indigo are regenerative farming practices

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

With 2020 Looming, Trump Weighs Boosting Farmers at Refineries’ Expense

by James Osborne  (Houston Chronicle)  The future of an exemption shielding oil refining companies from a federal mandate that they blend corn-based ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply is looking increasingly uncertain amid increasing political pressure on the Trump administration ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Months after the Environmental Protection Agency,

July 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Critical of EPA Proposed Volumes DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: TBD

(Renewable Fuels Association/AgNewsWire)  The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for calendar year 2020, with a total renewable fuel volume of 20.04 billion gallons, of which 5.04 billion gallons are advanced biofuel, including 540 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. That leaves the 15-billion-gallon requirement

July 8, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Monte Shaw

(Biofuels are) “everything Democrats want to talk about in terms of engaging rural America. It’s climate, it’s jobs, it’s environment and it’s rural income,” said Monte Shaw, head of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Associationd as quote by Bloomberg. “If they’re willing to learn and have a science discussion, then we’re going

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Driving Business to National Fleet

(Renewable Energy Group/ACT News)  Biodiesel has helped for-hire carrier G&D Integrated meet environmental goals and win business. How? For one, the large fleet’s use of biodiesel has helped it significantly lower greenhouse gases and other emissions. As for its bottom line, G&D says the use of biodiesel has been “directly related” to winning

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Decision 2020 Bioeconomy – 25 Declared Presidential Candidates and How They Stand on the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s best for you? Who’s best for us? Who supports what you do, and how strongly? In this guide, we’ve looked at the policies and activities of 25 declared presidential candidates, which we have listed in alphabetical order. We’ve focused on bioeconomy issues, with a special

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Petition To Global Automakers – Offer More Ethanol Vehicles in U.S.!

by Paul Kamp, in conjunction with Chris Schwarck (iPetitions)  To: CEO’s of Global Automakers   We are consumers of your vehicles and we request that you manufacture cars and trucks of all models, engines and trim levels that will allow the use of higher ethanol blends such as E15, E20, E30 andE85. This would make our purchasing

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Daily on Energy: Biden’s Electric-Car Plan Could Suffer from Obama’s Lackluster Legacy

by John Siciliano & Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner) … Former vice president Joe Biden has some scratching their heads over a climate plan he introduced last week during the Democratic debates to deploy 500,000 electric-car charging stations if elected president in 2020. The “big question” for Biden is what he actually means, said

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

DNC Committee Weighing Climate-Focused Debate

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Democratic National Committee is moving closer to the prospect of a debate devoted solely to climate change, amid every louder calls from Democratic presidential candidates and environmental groups to do so. A DNC executive committee late last month referred two resolutions to the

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Exxon Working to Push Trade Group on Climate Change

by Amy Harder (Axios)  … At issue here is the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, whose focus is oil and gas refining. Driving the news: Royal Dutch Shell, under pressure from activist investors, announced earlier this year it was leaving AFPM, citing “material misalignment”” on climate policies. Exxon is opting to stay

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article
    Climate Change Forum with 2020 Presidential Candidates   —   September 19-20, 2019 DATES UPDATED   —   Washington, DC

Climate Change Forum with 2020 Presidential Candidates — September 19-20, 2019 DATES UPDATED — Washington, DC

Our Daily Planet’s partnership with the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University to host a first-of-its-kind forum on climate change with presidential hopefuls this fall! All declared 2020 presidential candidates will have an opportunity to participate in this town-hall style forum, in front of a live audience of students at

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

The Need for a Climate Change Forum Is More Apparent than Ever Before

(Our Daily Planet) … (W)e’re proud to formally announce Our Daily Planet’s partnership with the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University to host a first-of-its-kind forum on climate change with presidential hopefuls this fall! All declared 2020 presidential candidates will have an opportunity to participate in this town-hall style forum, in

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

‘Does Your Plan Save Miami?’ Seven Minutes: The First Mention of Climate Change Came Last Night in the First Minute of Night One of the Democratic Primary Debates.

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  SEVEN MINUTES:The first mention of climate change came last night in the first minute of night one of the Democratic primary debates. The first question on the much-touted topic didn’t arrive until close to an hour and a half later — and then it was all

June 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Integrated Landscape Management Reduces Biomass Production Costs By 20%

by J.Richard Hess (Idaho National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy)  A new techno-economic analysis by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) demonstrated that, by using integrated landscape management (ILM) techniques, bioenergy stakeholders could produce biomass at costs 20% lower than previous assumptions.1 The efficiencies gained using ILM practices could generate a new revenue

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Up for a Climate Debate–Welcome to Miami: Presidential Contenders Lock Horns tonight in Round One of the Primary Debates

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)Presidential contenders lock horns tonight in Round One of the primary debates in Miami to prove they’re ready to take on President Donald Trump — and show Democratic voters they have a plan to fight climate change. Democratic National Committee chief Tom Perez said earlier

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Jim Lane

“Franklin Roosevelt named four (freedoms): freedom of expression, of worship, from want, from fear. The freedom to create value without harm to others, that could have been a fifth.  That’s the bioeconomy’s opportunity and its curse, to improve our circumstances and set ourselves a higher standard to live by, or die

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Governor Jay Inslee Rolls Out More Climate Policy

(Our Daily Planet)  When it comes to climate policy, Governor Jay Inslee already has a plan to address nearly every element of the climate crisis, but on Monday he rolled out a new one — this time aimed at creating “Freedom from Fossil Fuels” by ending corporate welfare, holding polluters accountable, and transitioning

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Orders Review of Controversial Biofuel Waiver Program: Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump has directed members of his Cabinet to review the administration’s expanded use of waivers exempting small refineries from the nation’s biofuel policy, after hearing from farmers angry about the issue during his recent Midwest tour, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: Want to Address Climate Change? Fix Campaign Finance First, 2020 Democrats Say.

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  It is not just about the Earth’s rising temperatures. Many Democrats running for president see climate change as symptomatic of another problem: too much money in politics.  One White House hopeful, Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), on Thursday unveiled an anticorruption plan that is explicitly meant to make it easier for Congress

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

“P-O-W-E-R We’ve Got the Power, Because We Are with YEA! MN!”

(Climate Generation)  Youth in the climate movement made waves across the globe this school year, and Minnesota youth working with Climate Generation played a big part. Our approach is to organize for power, recognizing the importance of putting relationships at the center, and in doing so, we made great strides and

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: This Former EPA Appointee Wants to Make Climate Change a Winning Issue for Trump

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  Democratic contenders for president are trying to make climate change a top electoral issue. But one Trump appointee who recently left the Environmental Protection Agency wants to make sure it is a winning issue for her former boss instead. Since leaving the EPA in February, Mandy Gunasekara formed what

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee: Notice for Solicitation of Members DEADLINE: June 30, 2019

(U.S. Department of Energy)  In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee). The nominee’s name, resume, biography, and any letters of support must be submitted via one of the

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Senator Amy Klobuchar Releases Plan of More Than 100 Actions for Her First 100 Days as President

by @AmyForAmerica (Medium.com) U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar released a plan outlining the more than 100 concrete steps she will take in her first 100 days as President of the United States to take on the biggest challenges we face at home and abroad. … Through executive action, Senator Klobuchar will begin to

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Could the RFS Move Toward a Low Carbon Program Like LCFS?

by Jeff Barber (OPIS)  The idea of revising the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to operate more like the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) appears to be getting a fresh look. The rise in prices for  California’s LCFS credits may be a motivating factor. More about that in a minute….  Let’s first look back to

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste’s Zero Island Project Cuts Emissions on Lidö by 78%

(Neste)  … To examine what it takes to reduce CO2 emissions as fast as possible, Neste and its partners set to turn the island of Lidö in the Swedish archipelago into a climate neutral Zero Island in just twelve months. As a result of the project, the island’s emissions were brought

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Announcing The Alexia 2019 Competition DEADLINE: September 30, 2019

(Alexia Foundation)  The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce that we will begin accepting applications for our 2019 competition on Sept. 4, 2019. The deadline for the 2019 professional and student competition will be Sept. 30, 2019. The Alexia recognizes photographic bodies of work that may elevate understanding of the human

June 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Growth Energy: American Drivers Reach 10 Billion Miles Driven on E15

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced that drivers across the United States have reached a new milestone, logging 10 billion miles on the road using E15. The news comes on the heels of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of year-round sales of E15 – a fuel approved for cars 2001 and newer

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

The New Plan to Remove a Trillion Tons of Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere: Bury It.

by Laura Reiley (Washington Post)  It sounds like an idea plucked from science fiction, but the reality is that trees and plants already do it.  —  … Boston-based Indigo AG, now wants to transform farming practices so that agriculture becomes quite the opposite of what it is today — a major source

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Solicits Nominations for SAB, Related Committees DEADLINE: June 24, 2019

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice to the chartered SAB on matters that impact farming and agricultural related industries.

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump in Iowa Touts Ethanol while Bashing Biden

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  President Trump gave rallygoers in Iowa on Tuesday a sign of what might come in 2020, speaking to them about ethanol while taking hard jabs at Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Speaking in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to celebrate his administration’s decision to allow 15 percent of ethanol to be mixed

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

As Biden Tours Iowa, Farmers Want to Know Where He Stands on Ethanol

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Joe Biden may have an ethanol problem.  The former U.S. vice president has pledged support for advanced biofuels as part of his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. But Biden, who leads the crowded Democratic field in opinion polls in Iowa and nationally, faces lingering questions in the

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Cutting Through the Noise: How Green Are EVs?

by Miro Korenha (Our Daily Planet)  … Transportation took over last year as the biggest source of U.S. GHG emissions but if folks switch to EVs and our power plants are still running on fossil fuels then we’re failing to make progress. If you’re thinking of buying an EV but your utility is

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Inslee’s “Evergreen Economy” Plan Includes Green Infrastructure and Climate-Smart Ag, but Barely

by Declan Foraise (Ecosystem Marketplace)  Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has built his entire campaign on climate change, and today (May 16, 2019) he unveiled his “Evergreen Economy” proposal to redirect more than two dozen existing US programs towards the climate challenge. Details remain scarce, but here is what we know about

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Daily on Energy: Inslee Sees a Place for Corn in Plan to Scrap EPA’s Ethanol Mandate

by John Siciliano and Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)  Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee says there would be a place for corn ethanol in his plan to replace the nation’s renewable fuel program with one that has a record of making corn farmers wary. Inslee tells John that his plan focuses on more advanced second-generation

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Opinion: Presidential Candidates Need a Vision for Biofuels

by Rob Hogg, Amanda Ragan and Bill Couser (Des Moines Register/Biofuels Vision 2020) As presidential candidates visit Iowa ahead of the caucuses, Biofuels Vision 2020 – a coalition of biofuels supporters – is here to educate the candidates about how renewable, low-carbon biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel reduce the carbon footprint of

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Dave VanderGriend

“The true hypocrisy is that some environmental groups, and to some extent the U.S. EPA, refuse to recognize emerging science and data that clearly show the growth of the ethanol industry has ushered in a new era of agriculture productivity that has significantly reduced carbon while increasing food supplies. Domestic

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

2020 Democratic Front-Runner Joe Biden and President Trump Plan Dueling Campaign Stops in Iowa on Tuesday

by Jeff Daniels (CNBC)  -Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to return to Iowa next Tuesday, marking only his second trip to the key caucus state since formally declaring a run for the White House. – But Biden plans to skip an event Sunday in Iowa that will represent the largest

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

DNC Tells Inslee It Won’t Host Climate Debate

by Tal Axelrod (The Hill)  Democratic presidential hopeful and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is rebuffing his repeated entreaties for a primary debate focused on climate change.  “Today, my team received a call from the Democratic National Committee letting us know that they will not host

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: Green New Deal Is Alive and Well in Liberal Cities and States

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  The Green New Deal may be floundering in Washington. But it is alive and well in left-leaning states and cities across the country.  From Maine to California, Democratic politicians have begun adopt the Green New Deal brand — a progressive movement to dramatically tackle climate change over the next decade

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

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