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Green Careers for a Changing Climate

(Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy)  Preview a clip from Green Careers for a Changing Climate, a new documentary from Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy that introduces students to Green STEM Careers as a solution to climate change. Funding for this project was provided by: General Mills, Target, Xcel Energy Foundation,

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

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

(National Biodiesel Board)  Rowan University and Missouri University of Science and Technology students chosen as co-chairs  —  Shyam Paudel’s interest in energy comes from deep in his childhood, growing up in the mountains of Western Nepal. Children commonly studied by the light of kerosene lamps. “One summer, my father bought two solar

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In a Time Magazine article, Justin Worland reminds us that “For many farmers, Trump appears to have sided with the oil industry, which they believe exerts undue influence on ethanol policy. It’s an argument that Trump himself once used when campaigning against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the GOP primary.

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Why Donald Trump Is Feeling the Heat From Midwestern Farmers

by Justin Worland (Time Magazine) On the campaign trail, Donald Trump made two big promises: renegotiating free trade agreements and helping corn growers by supporting ethanol.  …  As tensions over trade have proven painful to Midwestern farmers in the short term, demands that he do more to back ethanol have increased from

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Conservation Helps the Ag Economy, but Farmers Bear All of the Costs

by Scott Henry (Des Moines Register)  … A study from Environmental Defense Fund and managerial accounting firm K·Coe Isom AgKnowledge finds that conservation can boost farm profitability. The analysis includes detailed financial case studies of three Midwestern corn, soy and wheat farmers — including my fourth-generation farm — as well as a

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Elizabeth Warren Leads Push by Democrats to Force Public Companies Make Climate-Risk Disclosures

by Francine McKenna (Market Watch)  The Climate Risk Disclosure Act directs the SEC to issue rules that require every public company to disclose more on climate change exposure  —  Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is spearheading an effort by Democratic senators to bring a bill that would require public companies to disclose more

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Govt Enlists FGV’s Help to Assist Smallholders Get MSPO Certification

by V. Ragananthini (Sun Daily)  Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the ministry will assist FGV Holdings Bhd in attracting investors to develop the downstream palm oil segment and in turn look to it for help with getting small palm oil growers obtain Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification. Kok said at

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Will Dems Act on GHGs after a Midterm Win? It’s Complicated

by Nick Sobczyk (E&E News)  Democrats have long billed themselves as the party of climate science, and if they take back the House in November, they want to put global warming back on the congressional calendar. “It’s the 800-pound gorilla,” said Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), co-chairman of the Safe Climate Caucus.

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Motorists Can Make Better Decisions at the Pump: Misconceptions about Gasoline Mean Lost Savings, Dirtier Air

by Jeff Rice (Journal-Advocate)  … Motorists shop almost exclusively according to price, except when the price goes down, and labor under a plethora of misconceptions about additives, octane and ethanol. That can lead to some unwise decisions at the pump. Numerous studies that show most Americans shop according to price, especially

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Maryland Listening Session for Clean Transportation Charts Course For Regional Initiative To Reduce Motor Vehicle Pollution

(Sierra Club Maryland Chapter)  Leading environmental, scientific, community, business and labor organizations working to advance clean transportation in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast States assembled today in Largo, Maryland for a meeting organized by Maryland Departments Of Environment, Transportation And Energy (MDE), University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and Georgetown Climate Center.

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Offers Trade Aid to Farmers, but Some Question Its Fairness

by Helena Bottemiller Evich, Catherine Boudreau and Liz Crampton (Politico)  The Trump administration on Monday detailed how it will dole out $6.3 billion in aid to assist farmers stung by retaliatory tariffs — and it’s already sparking backlash from some sectors where industry leaders say growers won’t get their fair share.

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

The Silent Fuel: Methanol for Power, Fuels and Chemistry in a Low-Carbon Economy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Switzerland comes word of a technology for methanol synthesis plants which capture CO2 from the environment to create renewable methanol fuel. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s appropriately named Silent-Power. The company produces both industrial and modular plants and is working to bring

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Change of Plans: EPA Hearings

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)EPA will no longer hold public hearings in Washington, D.C., Detroit and Los Angeles on the administration’s proposed freeze of Obama-era fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, Bloomberg Environment reports. Instead the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold two public

August 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Sweden’s Visby Airport Announces Its Operations Are Now Fossil-Free

(GreenAir Online)  Swedish airport operator Swedaviahas claimed its operations at Visby Airport have become entirely fossil-free. Swedavia is aiming to have all 10 of its airports fossil-free by 2020 at the latest, with Visby achieving the objective two years ahead of the deadline. Carbon emissions have decreased from around 300 tonnes to

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“The good news is there is an opportunity in 2018 and 2020 for progressives to reconnect with rural voters in a meaningful way. It starts with more listening and far less political rhetoric. It will require an embrace of change rather than support for the status quo, which includes meaningful

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

How Progressives Can Reconnect with Rural Voters

by Patty Judge (Des Moines Register/Focus on Rural America)  … Many of the political elites on the coasts have argued that progressives should simply write off the rural Midwest because it is too white, too old and too conservative to ever support a progressive national candidate. In 2017 Focus on Rural

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

City’s Own Diesel Fleet Transitioning to 100 Percent Renewable Fuel

(City of Vancouver) Emissions reduction target will be reached early thanks to contract with Suncor  —  “This shift in fuel, in conjunction with the ways we are optimizing and electrifying our fleet, proves that we are walking the talk and finding innovative ways to respond to climate change and its devastating impacts.”

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article
    DOE Announces Open Meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee   —   August 22-23, 2018   —   Arlington, VA

DOE Announces Open Meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee — August 22-23, 2018 — Arlington, VA

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Purpose of Meeting: To develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products. Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include the following: Update on USDA Biomass R&D Activities Update on DOE Biomass R&D Activities Presentations from national laboratories and federal agencies

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Hubbell Wants More Support for Farmers Hurt by Trade War

by Rod Boshart (Sioux City Journal)  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell called out Gov. Kim Reynolds Saturday for not taking a more-aggressive public stance on behalf of Iowa farmers and rural interests being hurt by President Trump’s trade war with China rather than “towing the party line” in the trade dispute.

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

McCaskill Visits Biofuel Plants in Missouri on Primary Day

by Andy Banker (KPLR11)  Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill spent the primary election day visiting biofuel plants in Missouri. “Happy Primary Day,” McCaskill said while getting off her campaign bus to tour MidAmerica Biofuels in Mexico, Missouri. It was her last stop before heading to Columbia to thank supporters for their help

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Hawaiian Diving Adventures, Which Offers Scuba Diving on Oahu, Uses Custom Built Dive Boat that Runs on Bio-Diesel Fuel

(Crossroads Today/Hawaiian Diving Adventures)  Hawaiian Diving Adventures is Proud to Offer the Only “Green” Diving Experience in Oahu  —  The founders of Hawaiian Diving Adventures, a company that offers scuba diving on Oahu, are pleased to announce the debut of their custom built dive boat the runs on locally sourced, 100 percent

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

A crude oil refinery in North Dakota is working on repurposing to make renewable diesel instead of  petroleum fuel.  Destin Singleton, an Andeavor spokeswoman explained that the proposal builds on a pilot project at the refinery that processes vegetable oil and Bakken crude to create a 5 percent renewable diesel blend.

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Leahy among Lawmakers Taking Farm Bill to Conference

(WCAX)   Both houses of Congress have passed their respective versions of the Farm Bill, a massive piece of legislation that affects farmers around the country. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, will try to come together to pass one version of the bill. Farm bill negotiations

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

With Trade War, Farmer Support for Trump Erodes Sharply

by Chuck Abbott (Fern’s Ag Insider)  One-in-seven farmers who voted for President Trump in 2016 would not vote for him today, according to a poll released on Monday. The escalating trade war was the leading cause of erosion for Trump among a staunchly Republican group. But a majority still back him:

August 7, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Opportunity to Comment on 2018 Virginia Energy Plan DEADLINE: August 24, 2018

(Virginia Regulatory Town Hall/ Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy)  … The Plan is intended to provide a strategic vision for the energy policy of the Commonwealth over the next 10 years. It is being developed in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 67 of the Code of Virginia. Per the

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels: A Straightforward Fix for US Farmers’ Tariff Exposure to China?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This is the first of a two-part series in which we look at strategic shifts in global commodity prices and policies that could dramatically impact the outlook for biofuels, In this part, we look at grain markets and the emerging US-China trade war. As most know

July 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Harmful Algal Blooms: Engineering Solutions to a Growing Problem

by Bethany Jensen (Ignite Utah State University)  With the increase of global climate change effects, many local bodies of fresh water are experiencing dangerous toxic algae blooms. These are detrimental to water recreation, to agriculture, and to the natural ecosystem. They are potentially harmful to humans. Bethany has chosen a project

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Finns Prefer Biofuels and Carbon Captures as Measures, Want to Directly Impact CO2 Emissions of Flying

by Theodore Koumelis (Travel Daily News)  76% of the respondents were ready to pay more for a flight ticket, or alternatively, pay an additional charge, if the money is used for reducing environmental impacts.  —  According to a study, almost all Finns (94 %) want to reduce the emissions of air travel, and

July 22, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

University of Illinois professor Stephen Long, explaining the need for home-grown biofuels said, “(P)eople of my age have seen these past (oil) disruptions. You know we’ve probably three major ones since the ’70s really in our oil supplies. You know they are vulnerable, that and we know that they won’t last

July 22, 2018 Read Full Article

How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy

by Craig (CJ) Evans (American Diversified Energy Consulting Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  More than almost any other industry, financing for the bioeconomy is heavily influenced by and, in many cases, reliant on favorable public policies. Everyone involved in the bioeconomy – companies, entrepreneurs, visionaries, vendors, employees, and local communities – should be aware

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Fight Heats up over Washington State Carbon ‘Fee’ Likely to Make Fall Ballot

by Hal Bernton (Seattle Times)  Proponents of a Washington carbon-fee initiative showed up at the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia with more than 370,000 signatures to put their measure on the November ballot. The signatures tally for Initiative 1631 — backed by a broad coalition that includes environmental, labor, tribal

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Growth Energy: American Drivers Pass 5 Billion Miles on E15

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced today that American drivers have logged 5 billion miles on E15. The latest milestone was reached in the midst of Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) restrictions on the sale E15 fuel across most of the country. During summer months consumers only have access to E15 in Reformulated

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewal of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and Solicitation of Nominations for Membership DEADLINE: August 17, 2018

(International Trade Administration/Federal Register)  Pursuant to provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Commerce announces the renewal of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (the Committee). The Committee shall advise the Secretary of Commerce regarding the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the

July 10, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel for VUSD Fleet Makes Healthier Communities

(The Vista Press)  Imagine an alternative diesel fuel that reduces carbon emission levels, improves air quality, and performs as well as and costs less than current fuel. If you’re thinking this sounds too good to be true, you’d be wrong. Renewable diesel not only exists, but it can now be found in Vista

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Creative Debt and Equity: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy Project Finance

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern Brothers, Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Appoints New Biomass R&D TAC Members

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, D.C., the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee has appointed several new volunteers from industry, academia, nonprofits, and local government to the TAC which advises the federal government about its bioenergy R&D programs. These are the first appointments to the TAC by the current

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Anti-Fossil Fuel Candidates Come out Winners in Party Primaries

by Mark Hand (ThinkProgress)  Democratic nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one of the most ambitious climate plans.  —  An impressive list of anti-fossil fuel and pro-climate action candidates won party primaries on Tuesday night, indicating that environmental issues could receive greater attention in this fall’s general elections, especially as lawmakers devise plans to

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Could Reshape the Environment

by Robinson Meyer (The Atlantic)  A new justice will likely weaken the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.  —  … With Kennedy gone, a more conservative Supreme Court could overhaul key aspects of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, legal scholars

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Georgetown Climate Center and Northeast States Listen to Public’s Ideas about Future of Transportation in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Recently, the Georgetown Climate Center facilitated the third in a series of Transportation and Climate Initiative Listening Sessions designed to “(cast) a broader net to obtain input on strategies our states (CT, DE, DC, MD, MA, NY, RI, and VT) should consider to reduce

June 28, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

West Fargo Farm Rally Will Try to Capture Part of Trump’s Spotlight

by  Patrick Springer (West Fargo Pioneer)  … “It’s not a protest against President Trump,” said Pam Musland, marketing and communication supervisor for the North Dakota Farmers Union. “Our hope is to grab some media attention with all the media in town” to cover Trump’s appearance. … Those at what’s billed the

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“The sooner we can get moving on new technologies like SAJF (Sustainable Alternative Jetfuel), the sooner we can move off carbon offsetting,” explained Ed Bolen, President of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) as quoted in a recent GreenAir Online article.  READ MORE

June 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Midwest Trump Voters Losing Faith in His Commitment to Biofuels

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  New polling shows that voters across three Midwestern states are disappointed with Trump administration decisions they view as broken promises of support for local agriculture and renewable fuels industries. In a survey of voters in Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota, respondents overwhelmingly say they support federal policies to

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Laurene Powell Jobs, quoted in a recent Washington Post article, explained “Change rarely originates at the top.  When you want change, lobbying Congress is important, but it can’t be your whole strategy.  …  The most effective way to create change in this country is to build a grass-roots movement, a

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

No Hard Feelings? President Donald Trump Will Campaign with GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) President Donald Trump will campaign with GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer next week — a trip that could extinguish any lingering tensions between the White House and the Senate hopeful, after the president has treated Cramer’s opponent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp with seeming warmth. Trump’s planned

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

DNC Quietly Adopts Ban On Fossil Fuel Company Donations

by Alexander C. Kaufman (Huffington Post)  The Democratic National Committee voted over the weekend to ban donations from fossil fuel companies, HuffPost has learned. The resolution ― proposed by Christine Pelosi, a party activist and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter ― bars the organization from accepting contributions from corporate

June 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt Heads out on Ethanol Visit

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel to Kansas this morning, where he’ll stop by East Kansas Agri-Energy’s ethanol plant in Garnett. The trip comes a week after the White House quashed the release of a plan to change the Renewable Fuels Standard amid

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Open Cell Launches Shipping Container Labs at Shepherd’s Bush Market to Accelerate Biotech Start-Up Businesses

(SCIAD Newswire/Open Cell)  Open Cell has joined forces with regeneration specialist, U+I, and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and SynbiCITE to launch a biolab to offer affordable spaces at the Old Laundry Yard in Shepherd’s Bush Market. A first for London, phase one will provide 20 low cost, start-up studios in shipping

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Jobs on the Ballot

by Matt Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  If I asked you the most important state for renewable energy, what comes to mind? Is it California? …  Let me make the case for a state that may not have immediately come to mind as a renewable energy leader — Iowa. Since passing its

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Jenna Bloxom, in a recent Biofuels Digest thought piece on the need “to drastically alter the public’s understanding and attitudes about biofuels,” pointed to Standing Rock as, “among many things, a prime and missed opportunity for the biofuels industry to send a charismatic voice to the media frontlines to remind an

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Mired in Misère: Re-Launching Political Capital and Public Trust for Biofuels; Seven Strategies to Reinstate Our Industry’s Power in Washington, D.C. through Mainstreet, USA

by Jenna Bloxom (Colorado State University/Biofuels Digest)  … Now is the critical juncture for a unified bioeconomy to re-assert biofuels as a political powerhouse and compelling policy agenda that defies partisan, geographical, and generational divisions. … (T)his industry must take the initiative to drastically alter the public’s understanding and attitudes about biofuels

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

A recent Biofuels Digest article noted that Michael Tamor, a Henry Ford Technical Fellow at Ford, at a recent DOE Bioeconomy event in Washington observed that at least double our current electrical power capacity will be required to be able to charge all battery electrical vehicles. Also the recycling of

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Notice for Solicitation of Members for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee DEADLINE: June 30, 2018

(U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  … U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee).  …  Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is June 30, 2018. … The Biomass Research and Development Act

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump’s Support Wavering in Farm Country Over Ethanol, Trade Moves

by Alan Bjerga and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  EPA chief seen as betraying Trump’s promises on biofuels; Trade tensions put demand for agricultural goods at risk — Even as Donald Trump tweets his support for U.S. agriculture, farmer loyalty for the president looks like it’s starting to waver over moves that may undermine corn-based ethanol and

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

On The Front Lines: The Old Battle between Ethanol and Oil Takes Center Stage with the RFS.

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine recaps the many recent attempts to hinder the policy, and looks beyond 2022.  —  … But leaders in the ethanol industry are quick to point out this fight is not new; it’s the same battle over market share the ethanol industry has been

June 4, 2018 Read Full Article

A Blueprint for Keeping Midwest Dollars in the Midwest

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Urban Air Initiative President Dave VanderGriend says increasing the availability of ethanol blender pumps and higher blends will keep ethanol in the Midwest, pumping millions of dollars into the economy. —  … The problem lies in the fact that Iowa consumes 1.4 billion gallons

June 4, 2018 Read Full Article

3 Renewable Fuels That Just Might Replace Gasoline

by Katina Hazimihalis (Dumpsters.com)  In the U.S., burning gasoline for transportation is responsible for 30 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions. How can we lower that impact when we still need a way to get around? Find realistic alternatives to fossil fuels.  Some are more widely used than others, but each option on our

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

TSITRIAN: Trump No Friend of Family Farmers

by John Tsitrian (Rapid City Journal)  … And forgetting about soybeans for a minute, there’s the matter of Trump administration policy on the ethanol mandate, aka the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a major matter for corn producers. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has been “chipping away” at RFS,

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Growing Leaders for the Emerging Bioeconomy: A Personal Experience with CABLE

by Leyla Battista* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership and Education (CABLE) grant was established by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prepare the next generation of leaders and integrate them into the emerging bioeconomy. The grant was split between nineteen partnering universities across the country.

May 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network Formed

(Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network)  The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network is a group of volunteers (based in in the African continent and , also Asia, USA and Europe)- linked across the world via an online platform to share findings and seek advice for their practical projects – that have a

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Fire Waters Aims to Throw a (Glanworth) Curve at Conventional Cooking Fuels

by Hank Daniszewski (The London Free Press)  A London entrepreneur has set up a demonstration site for commercial cooking equipment fuelled by ethanol  —  Motorists rounding the Glanworth curve on Wellington Road at night are likely puzzled about a brightly lit establishment called Fire Waters that popped up recently. No. it’s not some

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley vs Pruitt: Will Billionaire Bailouts or Biofuels Prevail?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Trump in a pickle: support his beleaguered EPA Administrator over oil refinery bailouts, or rally his Midwestern farm-state base?  —  In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa tweeted: “I’ve supported Pruitt but if he pushes changes to RFS that permanently cut ethanol by billions of gallons he

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The Manhattan Institute looked at “zero emission vehicles” and found: Broad-based adoption of ZEVs will increase overall emissions of sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulates, compared with the same number of new internal combustion engines. The simple fact is that, because of stringent emissions standards and low-sulfur gasoline, new

May 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Voters Should Challenge Candidates on Iowa’s Energy Future

by Katie Rock (Des Moines Register/Center for Rural Affairs)  Iowa’s future as a leader in renewable energy is on the ballot in 2018. As legislators head home and campaigns gear up for important primary elections, voters should call attention to key policy changes our state will face for our energy future.

May 14, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In their letter to the EPA, a group of midwestern biofuels groups noted, “Both the volume and expeditious manner in which your EPA has granted demand-destroying RFS exemptions is unparalleled in the history of the EPA and the RFS program. If the same urgency could be brought to bear on pathway approvals,

May 4, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Stay Vigilant: The Importance of Paying Attention and Remaining Active in Ethanol Advocacy.

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol ) … The timing of this year’s fly-in was fortuitous, amid talk of “win-win” deals for refiners and biofuel producers and a snowstorm that put the citizens of D.C. on edge. Our goal was to reframe the discussion away from a debate

April 30, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Seeks Nominations for MSTRS

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which is designed to provide the Clean Air Advisory Committee with independent advice, counsel and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of programs related to mobile source air pollution and its control.

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Seeking 2 Co-Chairs to Lead Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel — Application Deadline: May 4, 2018

(National Biodiesel Board)  The next generation of science thought leaders are gearing up to lead America’s energy efforts. And biodiesel, our nation’s only commercially available advanced biofuel, is front and center. Managed by the National Biodiesel Board, the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel is a free student professional organization to help foster collaboration,

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

King Tells Iowa RFA: “I Want Ethanol sold TO, THROUGH, and BEYOND the E15 Blend.”

(4-Traders)  Congressman King Pledges Continued Biofuel Support to Iowa Renewable Fuels Association  —  Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after meeting today with members of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. During their meeting, Congressman King re-affirmed his strong support for biofuels, telling participants that

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Speaking of resilience, Biofuels Digest’s Jim Lane described the danger in putting all our eggs into the electric vehicle basket, “Exchanging dependence on one set of scarce materials for another — petroleum for battery metals — that’s a solution only until the next cartel forms.” READ MORE

April 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Meet the Top 10 Coolest Flex-Fuel Vehicles for 2018

by Landon Hall (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  The flex-fuel movement really began with the 1994 Ford Taurus, whose on-board computer told the engine how to distinguish between gasoline and higher ethanol blends. Pretty cool, right? … But FFVs have come a long way, baby. We sorted through the Renewable Fuel Association’s helpful brochure listing the

April 7, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The Houston Chronicle’s James Osborne reported an unnamed executive for one refining company describing the feeding frenzy for exemptions from Renewable Fuel Standard biofuels obligations, “Anyone with a brain submitted an application,” the executive said. “The EPA was handing out those exemptions like trick or treat candy.”  READ MORE/MORE

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Design and Consultancy Organisation Arcadis to Join KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme (CBP)

(KLM) Arcadis is KLM’s latest biofuel partner  —  Design and consultancy organisation Arcadis to join KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme (CBP). The group’s entry will allow KLM to further invest in sustainable biofuel. Arcadis will purchase sustainable biofuel for all its business flights. Earlier this year, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) joined

April 4, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

John Abraham, in an article in The Guardian, notes, “Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax  —  We’re not yet optimizing biofuel production for both economic and environmental factors.” And, “If society is willing to pay a small pollution charge like a carbon tax, it supports the producers

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

NBB Highlights 5 Individuals’ Stories for National Biodiesel Day

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … In the U.S., nearly 3 billion gallons of clean, renewable fuel replacing its petroleum counterpart. A thriving and growing diesel vehicle market. And 64,000 jobs supported by biodiesel, many the highest paying jobs in the area.   Diesel, who invented the engine that bears his name,

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article
  Youth Climate Justice Summit 2018   —   April 25, 2018   —   St. Paul, MN

Youth Climate Justice Summit 2018 — April 25, 2018 — St. Paul, MN

Join Climate Generation for a day at the capitol! This is a chance for youth to experience first-hand how to participate in government and policy.  Meet with Governor Dayton and our MN Senators and Representatives to talk about why you care about climate change and social justice. Join together with youth

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

California May Tweak Climate Program That’s Pushing up Gas Prices

by David R. Baker (Seattle Times)  … Last week, the California Air Resources Board issued proposed changes that would delay some of the program’s targets, giving fuel providers more time to reach them. Instead of needing to cut the carbon intensity of their fuels 10 percent by 2020, the companies would need

March 12, 2018 Read Full Article

March Madness: These Colleges are Mad for Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board) National Biodiesel Board releases field of “Elite Eight”  —  March Madness kicks off next week, showcasing the very best of college basketball. In that spirit, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has released its own bracket of colleges and universities upping their game with a different kind of prowess –

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Young Female Scientist Hopes to Create Energy Efficient Biofuel from Bacteria

by Emma Nobel (ABC Central Victoria News)  Environmental microbiologist and science champion Marianne Haines hopes her work converting bacteria into biofuel will lead to more sustainable outcomes, and more women studying science at the postgraduate level. Growing up in regional Victoria, the former boot camp leader was inspired to make a career

March 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

NREL Seeking Help with Biorefinery Survey DEADLINE: March 8, 2018

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is seeking respondents to a survey to better understand the next generation biofuel industry as a whole and its contributions to the local and national economy. The survey is being conducted by Yimin Zhang (NREL) and Marshall Goldberg (MRG & Associates), a

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership & Education Program Student Addresses Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington, DC

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Leyla Battista, a senior biosystems engineering student at Auburn University, took advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to attend and speak at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) Friday in Washington, DC.  This annual gathering of hundreds of international leaders, C-level business executives and federal

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2018 Is the Year of Scientists Running for Congress

by Ben Guarino and Laurie McGinley (The Washington Post)  … “I absolutely feel that science is under attack,” (Joseph) Kopser said. “It’s the opposite of when John F. Kennedy said he wanted to get us to the moon in less than 10 years. The way Trump is going, in 10 years, he’ll

March 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

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As reported in a National Public Radio article, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) about the 2018 mid-term elections: “He recently warned Houston-area Republicans, ‘The left is going to show up. They will crawl over broken glass in November to vote.’” READ MORE / MORE Texas Primary: Democratic Votes Surge, But Republicans

March 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Expanding Horizons at the Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA joined 14 other exhibitors at the University of Maryland College Park recently to bring education about biofuels to students, faculty and businesses interested in sustainability and engaged in renewable energy and efficiency. As part of the fourth annual “Council on Women

February 26, 2018 Read Full Article

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In his article suggesting scrapping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards in favor of a Clean Air Act life cycle analysis-based methodology for CO2 transportation emission reduction, Bob Kozak advised, “(I)f anyone asks what will be the economic incentive for a revised, more effective CO2 GHG reduction plan that uses renewable

February 16, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

On Value, and Values: Fairness, the Disadvantaged, and California’s Renewables Policy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The particulars are the subject of a white paper from a team at Propel Fuels — Rob Elam, Will Faulkner, Chris LaPlante, Parker Chase — and available here. Un-Penalizing the Poor The topics include regressive taxes that penalize the poor, non-inclusion of the disadvantaged, and hand-outs

February 6, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands Joins KLM’s Corporate Biofuel Programme

(GreenAir Online)  Air Traffic Control the Netherlands has joined KLM’s Corporate Biofuel Programme, enabling it to compensate for the CO2 from staff business flights through the purchase of sustainable biofuels. “Our employees travel regularly outside the Netherlands to meet with our international partners. Air Traffic Control the Netherlands is delighted to be

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

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The biofuels-related portion of the 2018 election campaign season is off to a  quick start with Jeff Broin, founder and CEO of POET, making a case for including the expansion of ethanol markets via year-round consumer choice of E15 across the country.  And, with promises to make this an issue in

February 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Broin Brings E15 Message to Pence Summit at Trump Hotel

(The Fence Post/Hagstrom Report)  Jeff Broin, founder and CEO of POET, the South Dakota company that builds and manages ethanol plants, brought his view that the government needs to authorize the sale of E15 blend year-round to a State of the Union summit chaired by Vice President Mike Pence at the

February 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Flex-Fuel Kits Seen Boosting French Demand for Ethanol

by Sybille de La Hamaide  (Reuters)  France’s approval of conversion kit allowing petrol cars to use fuel containing up to 85 percent of ethanol will boost demand for mostly crop-based ethanol next year, French ethanol producers said on Tuesday. Consumption of ethanol, mainly made from sugar beet or grains, should rise by

January 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Off-Grid Power with Ethanol, Pay with Bitcoin

(Biofuels International)  E-Fuel has launched its solution for people who want energy independence and to be green about it. The Silicon Valley company introduced its 100% ethanol generator, the Personal Energy System (PES), 8 January. It is intended to give customers full independence from the public power grid. With the smallest

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

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In an Ethanol Producer Magazine article, Urban Air Initiative’s David Hallberg explains how, with proper adherence to Clean Air Act regulations, ethanol can substitute for carcinogens in our fuel. “(I)t is increasingly clear that gasoline exhaust is the primary carrier of the most lethal aromatics that lead to ground-level ozone

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

The Fundamentals of Fly-Ins

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Washington, D.C., events provide opportunities for constituents to meet with lawmakers and help influence biofuels policy.  — Getting the ear of members of Congress, state legislators or regulatory bodies is not always easy. So many of the ethanol industry’s top groups and organizations participate in

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Cruz Taps Texas Mistrust of Ethanol

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  Attack on federal biofuels mandate provides chance to appeal to base  —  … But for the junior senator, facing re-election this year as Democrats show new swagger in the age of Trump, ethanol provides the chance to appeal to his tea party base by bucking the Washington bureaucracy

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

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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

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

California’s LCFS: Unlocking Value in Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels

(Propel)  New study outlines how to make America’s most important low carbon policy more equitable. —  According to new research, low carbon liquid fuels must play a more significant role to meet California’s 2020 and 2030 carbon reduction goals under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Data from Propel Fuels and ICF

December 11, 2017 Read Full Article

The Ham Trick Campaign and the EduCycle Learning Game Won Acclaim at International Communications and Marketing Awards

(Neste)  The Ham Trick campaign, a demonstration of circular economy in action, and EduCycle, a learning game that makes use ofaugmented reality, won awards in two prestigious marketing and communications competitions yesterday. The Ham Trick (Kinkkutemppu in Finnish) won gold at the 2017 European Excellence Awards (EEA) awards in Hamburg, for the best communications initiative

December 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Connecting to Value: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to below50 and the Global New Fuels Push

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Below50 is an initiative that brings businesses together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) to promote the best-of-breed of sustainable fuels has launched in South America. The companies and organizations driving the

December 8, 2017 Read Full Article

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(Hoosier Ag Today) Cary Sifferath, Senior Director of Global Programs with the U.S. Feed Grains Council, reminds us that U.S. ethanol is the cheapest source of octane in the world and that the U.S. even sells ethanol to Saudi Arabia that they use to blend with low octane gasoline.  READ

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

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“If our gasoline composition is right then ethanol can work,” said Alfonso Martinez, undersecretary of protection of the environment and natural resources in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, in a phone interview with S&P Global Platts. “We have nothing against ethanol, we just want to get pollution down,” he added.  (Mexico currently

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

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Renewable Fuels Association’s Bob Dinneen explained the implications of RFA’s latest review of vehicle warranties: “The oil company explanation for their failure to invest in infrastructure allowing E15 has been there isn’t sufficient demand for E15 because it isn’t warrantied. Well, that narrative has been misleading for years, but now

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

RFA Analysis: Automakers Approve E15 in Nearly 90% of New 2018 Vehicles

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association) Nearly 90 percent of new 2018 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use 15 percent ethanol blends (E15), according to the results of an annual analysis of warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). That is up

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(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Explaining the value for high school students of a visit to a working biorefinery, Morris Area High School teacher Dylan Viss said, “Allowing my students to go on this tour enabled them to see and experience real-life, practical applications of the science and chemical processes highlighted in

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

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Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner co-authored a Biofuels Digest article with some ideas that show the benefits bioenergy could bring to Africa: “Africans should strive for sustainable fuels from native feedstocks in a modern infrastructure and thriving economy … Renewable diesel would fit right into existing fuel systems without the need

October 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Highwater Ethanol Hosts Wabasso High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Sixteen students from Wabasso High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to learn more about home-grown renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned about the various processes in ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol, which produces 59.5 million gallons a year. “We regularly host high school students at

October 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Princeton Grads’ Energy Startup Provides Power To Native Americans Protesting Oil Pipeline

by Neil Yeoh (Forbes)  … Under-resourced and living in makeshift tepees on the off-grid Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp in Mahwah, New Jersey, the Ramapough Lenape Tribe has been doing their best to stand against the construction of the Pipeline. … In mid-August BoxPower, a renewable energy startup, responded delivering one of

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

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Peter Erickson, Adrian Down, Michael Lazarus & Doug Koplow, in a Nature Energy article, find that at recent oil prices of US$50 per barrel, tax preferences and other subsidies push nearly half of new, yet-to-be-developed oil investments into profitability, potentially increasing US oil production by 17 billion barrels over the

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Drag Racing With E85: Green Is Mean – E85 Isn’t Just For Tree-Huggers

(Quick Fuel Technology/Holley)  As a renewable energy source championed by environmentalists, racers often think of E85 as a wimpy fuel that has no place in a drag car. However, many bracket racers have shattered that perception by taking advantage of E85’s incredible 110-plus octane rating and dirt cheap pricing. E85 represents

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Catholic Church to Make Record Divestment from Fossil Fuels

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  More than 40 Catholic institutions will make largest ever faith-based divestment, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi  —  The sum involved has not been disclosed but the volume of divesting groups is four times higher than a previous church record, and adds to a

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

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In responding to a Biofuels Digest article, Union of Concerned Scientists’ Jeremy Martin urges cooperation: “Cutting oil use and transportation emissions is a big job and a major opportunity for both renewable fuels, renewable electricity and electric vehicles. The hostility of EPA Administrator Pruitt and his friends in the oil

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

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Biofuels Digest’s Jim Lane analyzes the cost and emissions profile for electric vehicles compared to “gasoline-powered” ones.  The findings? On price, the lowest-cost option is a Cruze running on E85 conventional ethanol — which also reduces emissions compared to a Prius running on E10 fuel. And, the lowest emissions come from

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Data Surprise: Biofuels Still Beating Electrics on Cost, Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electrics are improving on emissions and cost, but not enough to make driving an electric car the smart choice for consumers looking to save time and reduce environmental impacts. According to a new analysis, biofuels still reign. If you’re driving an electric car, you’re driving the

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors:  From KTIC RADIO. According to the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Blue Heron is the only fuel station in Gothenburg with flex fuel pumps offering a variety of cleaner-burning ethanol blends with flex fuel pumps that dispense E10, E15, E30, E40 and E85. … In addition to state and federal

September 22, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Eco Challenge: One Man’s Quest to Build an Eco-Friendly Passagemaker, Parts I and 2

by Peter Wilcox (Passage Maker)  Having the opportunity to imagine and oversee the building of my own ideal Inside Passage vessel has been exquisitely educational—initiating a chain of engaging design, building, voyaging, and teaching adventures. … Taking a break from sailing up north, we decided to buy an interim boat

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Then and Now: 120 Bioeconomy Pioneers Look at Yesterday, Today, Inspirations and Challenges

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Four simple questions and such a variety of response as you might expect from the unusual collection of engineers, biologists, marketeers, customers, financiers, policy leaders, advanced R&D specialists, mathematicians, advocates and watchful critics that make up the advanced bioeconomy. Where were you on July 27, 2007?

August 24, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Public Hearing on the Reconsideration of the Midterm Evaluation Final Determination September 6, 2017 in Washington DC; Comment period DEADLINE: October 5, 2017

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA will hold a public hearing on September 6, 2017 in Washington DC to hear public testimony on the Reconsideration of the Midterm Evaluation Final Determination.  EPA signed a Federal Register notice announcing the hearing on Friday, August 18, 2017, and we expect this notice to

August 21, 2017 Read Full Article

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In a 25 x ’25 blog post, Reg Modlin, former director of regulatory affairs at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and senior advisor to the Ag-Auto-Ethanol Work Group, noted, “Until then (2050), and for decades after, liquid fuel will be used in transportation throughout the world. And what automakers and policy

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Local Biodiesel Fuels Elon Buses; ABSS’ May Be Next

by Jessica Williams (The Times News)  ‘The biodiesel that they’re using now is hyperlocal. That’s a very important word. Aramark, Biscuitville, Lowes Foods — you can see it in their marketing. They want to bring everything back to the local economy. It’s a trend that I do not see going

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

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In commenting to Biofuels International about the UK government’s decision to ban new petroleum and diesel cars by 2040, Devin Walker, chief technical officer of Renovare Fuels based in London noted that in some circumstances the manufacture of electric cars themselves can actually produce even more harmful emissions which need

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

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Ramanan Krishnamoorti (University of Houston/Houston Chronicle), commenting on what is needed for a transition to electric vehicles: “Without big jumps in energy efficiency and conservation, an all electric fleet will require doubling existing base load electricity generation in the United States. That’s more complicated than it might seem. Nuclear appears

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: RFS Public Comment Period Opens Friday

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will officially open a public comment period on Friday on the latest renewable volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard, with the comment period slated to end on Aug. 31, http://bit.ly/…. The agency announced on July 5 proposed RVOs

July 21, 2017 Read Full Article

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Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) commenting on US Department of Energy funding for bioenergy research centers, “However, one caveat. The funding here is for just one year of these BRCs. The Trump budget slashes energy research and these centers will have to compete with all the piggies at the trough in

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

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Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer), commenting on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s calls for ethanol-free gasoline (E0):  A gallon of 91-octane gasoline with no ethanol will contain aromatic compounds such as benzene, toluene and xylene. These are toxic chemicals coming out of the tailpipe just so the petroleum refiners can

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

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Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest), explaining how international efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of aviation that focus on cheap offsets accomplish exactly the opposite:  “We do need change. Right now, we’re leasing public land at absurdly low rates so that consumers don’t pay high fuel prices. Now we want airlines

June 22, 2017 Read Full Article

$45B Annual Windfall for US Consumers with a Gasoline-Engine Overhaul? EPA Is Getting a Patent Worth Knowing about

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Patent & Trademark Office has just issued a “notice of allowance” for a patent by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency for a high efficiency, high compression engine that would reduce the cost per mile for the American driver by 26.2

June 9, 2017 Read Full Article

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“Here we have EPA agreeing that higher ethanol blends can reduce emissions and acknowledging that engines and fuels must be looked at as an integrated system. Adjusting compression to address the slightly lower energy content of ethanol while taking advantage of the octane is something automakers can do. …” David VanderGriend,

June 6, 2017 Read Full Article

How Will We Move the Planet Forward? It’s time to make your voice heard; submit your essay to the Editor

by Frank Sesno (Planet Forward)  President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. Fundamentally, this decision reflects the belief that climate change is neither a serious problem nor human induced. What’s next for efforts to mitigate climate change? For global action? American leadership? Renewable energy? Science?

June 5, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Sustaining Opportunities

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry provides young people with wealth of job opportunities.   —  Nineteen-year-old Marcus Niehaus sees a future in the ethanol industry. The Southeastern Illinois College student said he wants to make a difference in the world and believes working in the biofuels

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

UW–Madison Partners with Bonduel School District on Innovative Science Education

by Leslie Shown (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  If science classes at Bonduel Middle School had a rallying cry it would be, “Don’t expect to find the answers in the book!” And Lisa Sorlie, enthusiastic advocate of innovative classroom science, would definitely be holding the megaphone. “Too often, classroom science has

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

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“… We believe that the agricultural potential of the world is virtually untapped. The world is beginning to learn that we need to return to the sun, the soil and the seed.”   POET Founder, Chairman and CEO Jeff Broin who will receive the 10th annual George Washington Carver Award

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

RFA Launching ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ Contest to Report Prices

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Reporting prices for higher ethanol blends this summer could win you $50 in free fuel per day. Beginning on Memorial Day, the Renewable Fuels Association is launching an “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest, allowing both retailers and consumers to report the price posted for E85 and other

May 24, 2017 Read Full Article

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Ethanol Europe’s Eric Sievers in an interview with EURACTIV’s Sarantis Michalopoulos regarding the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive biofuels policies:  We should not have a case where market share is given back to oil and that is exactly what the Commission’s proposal is doing. In 2008, they said that by 2020

May 15, 2017 Read Full Article

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by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The fight against climate change never had such a false friend as the Obama Administration — who gutted the only carbon legislation on the books, and built all its other actions on carbon on such a flimsy footing that President Trump swept them away with

May 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

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“Think of it as 100+ acres of energy storage and carbon sequestration,” said Kelly King, Vice President and Co-Founder of Pacific Biodiesel and recently inaugurated member of the Maui County Council. “There are 36,000 acres of fertile sugar cane lands on Maui that ceased operation at the end of 2016.

May 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Planet Forward Correspondents for 2017-18 Application DEADLINE: June 2, 2017

(George Washington University)  Lead the conversation by joining the Planet Forward Correspondents for 2017-18! Correspondents work closely with the Planet Forward team to highlight compelling characters and innovative ideas. Pieces are featured on PlanetForward.org and also may be presented at the annual Summit in D.C. READ MORE

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

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Göran Bengtsson, Director of Research and Technology, Future Business, Aeronautics, commenting on the 100% biofuel test flight of a Gripen D single engine fighter: “Gaining independence from imports of oil is important from a defence standpoint and opens the way for additional sources of fuel, which creates flexibility. It’s naturally

April 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Passing the Test with Flying Colors

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Glacial Lakes challenge in Watertown, SD, demonstrates E30 is a winner. The midlevel ethanol blend caused no check engine lights, mileage was virtually unchanged and resulted in real savings.   —  The E30 Challenge passed the test—from the organizers to the participants, praise was

February 20, 2017 Read Full Article

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Don Siefkes (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  … When the CARB (California Air Resources Board) refers to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs), they are talking only at the tailpipe and every time they or the Wall Street Journal uses the ZEV designation, it should be followed by the phrase “at the tailpipe only.”

February 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Comment Periods on 2 EPA RFS Proposals to Close in Mid-February

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The comment periods on two U.S. EPA proposals that impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) close later this month. Members of the public have until Feb. 16 to weigh in on the agency’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule, and until Feb. 22

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

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(UPM) The (Made by Finland) campaign will be launched with the Seuraavat sata vuotta (The following one hundred years) film, directed by Klaus Härön, which tells four stories on the future of Finnish work through children’s dreams. Just what can we achieve if we are persistent enough and have belief

February 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Farmers Looking at On-Farm Ethanol Plants

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today)  A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself.  A Minnesota-based company is in the developmental stage of offering small-scale production of ethanol and other end-products right on the

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article
  People’s Climate Movement March   —   April 29, 2017   —   Washington, DC

People’s Climate Movement March — April 29, 2017 — Washington, DC

JUST ANNOUNCED–MARCH ROUTE, MEETING AREAS   Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. Throughout the first 100 days in office, the People’s Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article
  March for Science   —   April 22, 2017   —   Washington, DC

March for Science — April 22, 2017 — Washington, DC

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

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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.” READ MORE  LISTEN/WATCH to interview (BBC)

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

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by Bill Cameron (WLS-AM News) … Duckworth (U.S .Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)): “I would rather burn American made, American grown corn and soybeans in my gas tank than I would oil from the Middle East,” Duckworth said. “I’ve already been to a war fought over oil in the Middle East and

January 25, 2017 Read Full Article

As Trump Dismantles Obama’s Climate Legacy, People’s Climate Movement Organizes for Mass Mobilization in DC on April 29

(People’s Climate Movement)  Communities Begin Organizing Nationwide to Resist Attacks on the Environment and Our Communities and to Call for a New Clean Energy Economy that Stops Climate Change and Creates Good Jobs for All  —  In the wake of last weekend’s Women’s Marches, activists have announced a major “People’s

January 25, 2017 Read Full Article

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(Politico’s Morning Energy)  Eventually, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s nomination to be ambassador to China came up, prompting (U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy )Pelosi to interject: “I was hoping he would get natural resources, because he’s for the renewable fuel standard.”  READ MORE

January 23, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

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Family-owned coffee producer Löfbergs is one of the companies that have been committed to Fly Green Fund’s work from the start.  “Previously, we have bought carbon offsets for our flights, but now we take the same amount of money and use it to develop green bio jet fuel for the

January 3, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Proposed Determination: Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 — Comments due December 30, 2016

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On November 30, 2016, the Administrator proposed to determine that the MY 2022-2025 standards remain appropriate and that a rulemaking to change them is not warranted. This proposed determination is based on the robust technical record including the draft TAR, input from the auto industry and other stakeholders, and

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Open Consultation — Motor Fuel Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Amendments

(UK Department for Transport)  Consultation seeking views on proposed changes to motor fuel greenhouse gas reporting regulations. The changes suggest: creation of a certificate trading scheme to reduce the greenhouse gas emission levels of transport fuels allowing suppliers to capture credits from reductions in upstream emissions associated with fossil fuel

November 30, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Open Consultation — Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation: Proposed Changes for 2017

(UK Department for Transport)  This consultation seeks the views of the public and stakeholders on proposed changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Order (RTFO).  In particular it concerns increases to the obligation level, the appropriate level for the contribution of renewable fuels created from agricultural crops, and increases to

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

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