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QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Jonas Abrahamsson

“Effective, long-term policy instruments are needed to reduce the negative climate impact of aviation. Introducing a reduction quota scheme as an alternative to the national aviation tax is thus a step in the right direction since it both reduces emissions and contributes to Swedish, large-scale production of biofuel,” said Swedavia

March 24, 2019 Read Full Article
    Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee   —   March 27-28, 2019   —   Arlington, VA

Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee — March 27-28, 2019 — Arlington, VA

This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register. Purpose of

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Amy Klobuchar Knocks EPA’s Secret Waivers that Boost Big Oil

by Pat Rynard (Iowa Starting Line)  Senator Amy Klobuchar blasted the Trump Administration’s continued use of blending waivers for renewable fuels usage while in Iowa this weekend. Using it as an example of how Donald Trump’s presidency has hurt rural America, she linked the EPA’s decisions to the first decline in

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Public Hearing for Modifications To Fuel Regulations To Provide Flexibility for E15; Modifications to RFS RIN Market Regulations March 29, 2019

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  The EPA is announcing a public hearing to be held in Ypsilanti, MI on March 29, 2019 for the proposed rule ‘‘Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15; Modifications to RFS RIN Market Regulations.’’ This proposed rule will be published separately in the Federal Register. The pre-publication version of this proposal can be

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

O’Rourke Mostly Gets a Pass for His Lack of Specifics

by Edward-Isaac Dovere (The Atlantic)  … The first woman who asked a question wanted to know about ethanol. E10 or E15?  …  Beto O’Rourke’s full answer went on for a bit. “How do we free ourselves from a commodity market over which we have no control? We do so by adding value

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Presidential Candidate Sen. Cory Booker Visiting Iowa This Weekend

(WeAreIowa.com)  … Senator Booker held a meet-and-greet in Indianola at the Annelise Winery Saturday evening. He spoke about his platform including that of green technology. He is a leading proponent of the Green New Deal. “If I’m your President, I’m going to double and triple down the investments of green technologies to create the

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Former Sen Beto O’Rourke’s First Iowa Trip Includes Ethanol Plant

by Katy Siddall  (River Cities Reader) … Beto O’Rourke, former Texas Congressman and newly-announced presidential candidate, made a visit to an ethanol plant in rural Iowa on one of his first stops as he courts caucus-goers. O’Rourke toured Big River Renewables LLC, an ethanol plant in West Burlington, Iowa, on Friday morning. “I want

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

The Kids of March Are on Strike

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Youth activists concerned by the threat of climate change will skip class across more than 100 countries today to call for greater climate action. The U.S. effort is inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who held weekly strikes to protest outside the Swedish

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

KOKO’S Technology Production Facility Inaugurated in Nairobi

(KOKO Networks)  Ahead of the Go-Live of KOKO’s Greater Nairobi Network, the company officially inaugurates 17,500 sq.ft facility that is the beating heart of its Nairobi operations  —  KOKO Networks (“KOKO”) today cut the ribbon on its state-of-the-art technology production facility in Ruaraka, Nairobi, in an event attended by senior politicians, business

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

The Trailer: Jay Inslee Is Cheerfully Campaigning and Issuing Apocalyptic Warnings

by David Weigel (Washington Post)  … On Monday morning, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Seminole Springs mobile home park, the husks of cars and houses were still sitting in pools of melted plastic. It had been four months since some of the worst forest fires in southern California’s history. Inslee, joined by

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington House Passes Clean-Fuels Legislation Sought by Inslee

by Joseph O’Sullivan and Hal Bernton (Seattle Times)  Washington House Democrats approved clean-fuels legislation Tuesday night after overcoming fierce Republican opposition that was expressed in an hourslong floor debate. House Bill 1110, which would lower the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels, passed 53 to 43. After the vote, sponsor and

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Frank Mitloehner

Frank Mitloehner, an air-quality Extension specialist at the University of California-Davis says that farmers  need to be at the forefront of the conversation about climate change. “I want to turn frustration into renewed energy into encouraging the farm community to own the topic. This is not a cuss word. Sustainability is

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Online Programs in Energy and Sustainability at Penn State

(Pennsylvania State University)  The global power shift is creating jobs for renewable energy project developers as well as policy experts who can drive clean energy initiatives and encourage a more sustainable culture. Let our online programs help you become an agent of change in the emerging green economy. Prepare yourself —

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Pressed by Climate Activists, Senate Democrats Plan to ‘Go on Offense’

by Coral Davenport and Sheryl Gay Stolberg (New York Times)  Facing a showdown vote as early as this month over the embattled “Green New Deal,” Senate Democrats are preparing a counteroffensive to make combating climate change a central issue of their 2020 campaigns — a striking shift on an issue they

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Inslee Hits Ground Running on Climate Message

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Only a few days after Jay Inslee formally announced his 2020 presidential bid with a specific focus on climate change, the Washington governor preached that the United States will face “enormous cost” if it doesn’t act on climate change. “We know we can invent and

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Jessie Stolark

As someone once told me, biomass can be hard to love – there are so many questions about land use and ecosystems, food versus fuel, and other unintended consequences.  But the modern economy is built on carbon.  The central question, therefore, is whether that carbon be renewable and sustainably sourced,

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

New Climate Resolution

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Senate Democrats remain divided on the Green New Deal as they face a vote on the nonbinding resolution before August recess. Their solution? Come up with something different. All 47 members of the Senate Democratic caucus are backing a resolution that urges Congress to

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Want a Green New Deal? Here’s a Better One.

(Washington Post)  We favor a Green New Deal to save the planet. We believe such a plan can be efficient, effective, focused and achievable. The Green New Deal proposed by congressional Democrats does not meet that test. Its proponents, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

New Tool Compares Costs and Benefits of Alternative Fuels and Vehicle Technologies.

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Many fleet managers are looking at alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies to reduce their environmental footprint and save money. The AFLEET Tool, and its newly launched web-based version, AFLEET Online, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, can help fleets optimize their purchasing decisions to do exactly that.

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Andrea Kent

“Whether it’s a policy to eliminate it, reduce it or price it, carbon is the new currency…” explains Andrea Kent of Greenfield Global and Board Member for Renewable Industries Canada, describing the current Canadian elections.  She could also be describing insights about current US elections, “But if anything is sure, it’s

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Planting The Seeds: Agricultural Organizations in Kansas and Ohio Have Programs Aimed at Ethanol Education, Training Teachers and Even Providing Funding to Ensure the Knowledge Is Passed on to Students.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For at least one student in James Burk’s engineering class at Trego County Community High School in WaKeeney, Kansas, ethanol is a passion. “I have them test different factors and kind of design their own recipe for how they would best produce a fermentation for

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

SAS, Finnair and China Airlines Launch Passenger Carbon Offsetting Initiatives

(GreenAir Online)  Three airlines – SAS, Finnair and China Airlines – have each introduced carbon offsetting initiatives for their customers. Starting this month, SAS Group will offset the carbon emissions of all tickets booked through its EuroBonus loyalty programme, which has 5.6 million members. The airline estimates that around 40% of

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Basics: 6 Essential Points to Know about Biofuels

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Asked recently to summarize the most important points about biofuels, here’s my top 6 list:  Biofuels have a vital role to play in getting us off fossil fuel in the immediate past, present and short- and medium-term future. (See graphic below) Benefits are not

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Low Hanging Fruit on the Climate Change Tree: Renewable Fuels in Gas and Diesel Engines

(Diesel Technology Forum)  As more governors look to California for leadership on climate change, they should look to what’s working in California…and it doesn’t have to do with electric cars, but with use of low-carbon renewable biofuels in internal combustion engines.  —  According to @CalEnergy 10x as much C02 has been eliminated

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Operatives Say Ethanol Worship Is Now as Corny as The West Wing

by Ben Jacobs (The Guardian)  … Tim Gannon, the Democratic nominee for Iowa secretary of agriculture in 2018, told the Guardian the idea of ethanol as a dealbreaker in the state was “very much a stereotypical thing because of The West Wing and the big issue with Ted Cruz four years

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program Seeks Internship Hosts

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In North Carolina, with the goal of increasing awareness and interest of traditionally underrepresented groups in the bioeconomy, NCSU has established a professional development and certificate program called the Sustainable Bioprogram and Bioenergy Program. The program is funding with a USDA NIFA grant similar to

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Deal between Eni and RenOils to Boost Collection of Used Food Oil and Oil Used for Frying

(Eni)  The deal also includes information and environmental education campaigns to get across the benefits of reusing oil to produce fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels.  —  Eni and RenOils, the Italian national vegetable and animal oils and fats Consortium established in 2016 to ensure the correct management of the collection,

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK–Bill McKibben

“The amount of money, time and effort they (fossil fuel industry) invested in obfuscation and denial turns out to be staggering. And successful. … So, at this point, success is not stopping global warming. … Success is stopping global warming short of the point where we can’t have civilizations like

February 17, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK–Mike Ackerman

Mike Ackerman, the owner of Ackerman Oil, which runs 10 gas stations in Indiana, says two of the stations sell E15, and plans are underway to add more. “I don’t think the world as a whole can discount the need for biofuels as part of the total energy mix to

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Covestro and UN Call for Young Champions of the Earth Competition Participants DEADLINE unclear

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Covestro and the United Nations are calling for nominations for Young Champions of the Earth, a prize for environmental entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30 with a big idea for the world’s future. Each of seven winners in the 2019 program, the third year of the

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Techie Builds Biofuel Plant, Makes Home Free of LPG

by Manjula Nair (Times of India)   … For (Priyadarshan) Sahasrabuddhe, an engineer by training from IIT-Bombay,  has been turning wet waste into biofuel – all in a bid to be free from LPG. He has already made his parents “LPG-free” by setting up biofuel plants at their bungalow. Now, he wants to replicate the same

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

2. The Green New Deal Resolution Is Here

by Mike Allen and Alexi McCammond (Axios)  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have unveiled their Green New Deal resolution — a call to arms on climate and jobs that’s long on ambition, but lacking in details and a political path to becoming policy. Why it matters: It opens

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmers Nearing Crisis Push back on Trump Trade Policies

by Ryan McCrimmon (Politico)  President Donald Trump’s trade war is magnifying some of the toughest farm conditions since the crisis that bankrupted thousands of farmers in the 1980s — and threatening a constituency crucial to his reelection hopes. The president’s trade policies have sent U.S. agricultural exports plunging, exacerbating already difficult

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Next Gen Biodiesel Scientists Take One Small Step

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  … NGBS (Next Generation of Biodiesel Scientists) co-chair Jennifer Greenstein, North Carolina State University, moderated a panel of four young scientists from around the world during the recent National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego. Haixin Peng, Auburn University is from China; Shyam Paudel, Missouri University of Science

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

NREL Seeks Participants for 2019 Executive Energy Leadership Program

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking applicants for its 2019 Executive Energy Leadership Program—otherwise known as Energy Execs. Energy Execs provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders throughout the country an opportunity to learn about advanced energy, energy-efficiency technologies, analytical tools,

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Climate Change 2020: Can the Democrats Make It an Election Issue?

by Emily Holden and David Smith (The Guardian)  Several hopefuls are embracing the effort for a Green New Deal – but success will require overcoming legislative hurdles  —  … It (Kentuckians for the Commonwealth) is also looking to create jobs to replace those that left with the mining companies as coal use declined.

February 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Become an ABO Intern!

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Students – Are you interested in doing more for your industry while completing your degree? Help define the algae sector of today and shape the industry of tomorrow as an Algae Biomass Organization volunteer virtual intern. Internships of 8-12 weeks are available and are completely online. Interns serve

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

French Fuel Price Revolt Boosted Ethanol Use – Industry Officials

by Gus Trompiz (Reuters)  Public anger in France over increasing fuel prices, which gave rise to the anti-government “yellow vest” movement, has further boosted demand for crop-based ethanol fuel from motorists seeking cheaper deals, industry representatives said on Tuesday. Ethanol, which is blended with gasoline as part of renewable energy policy

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Promoting Citizen-Orientated Climate Protection in Transport

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))   On the occasion of the new edition of the brochure “Good Reasons for Biofuels”, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) determines that the importance of biofuels as a tool for decarbonising the transport sector is

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Economic Reasons for a Green New Deal

Rob Jackson  (Global Carbon Project/Stanford University/The Hill) … The global economy is creating half a million new jobs yearly in renewable energy and employs more than ten million people. In the U.S. we’ve created a hundred thousand new solar and wind jobs annually, 12 times faster than in the rest of the economy. Green energy

January 27, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“(L)eaders of large progressive corporations who see the triple bottom line value of energy alternatives must push themselves to look beyond simply buying carbon offsets. They must harness their purchasing power and influence and actively seek sustainable fuels. There is no better place to start than their executive business jet travel.” Ray Mabus, 75th Secretary

January 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnair Introduces CO2 Offsetting and Biofuel Service for Customers

(Finnair)  Finnair today (January 15, 2019) introduced a service, where its customers can offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by supporting a CO2 emission reduction project or reduce emissions by buying biofuel. Push for change service is available on Finnair web pages at www.finnair.com/pushforchange and customers can also use Finnair Plus frequent flyer points to pay

January 21, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Publishes E15 Countdown Clock, Calculator and FAQs

(Renewable Fuels Association) E15. Clean. Affordable. Domestic. Fuel.  There’s been a lot of talk recently about “E15,” a biofuel blend of gasoline that contains 15 percent ethanol, a product that comes from crops grown by American farmers. E15 burns cleaner and cooler than gasoline, lowers gas prices, and reduces oil imports. Unfortunately,

January 19, 2019 Read Full Article

A Sensible Approach to Climate Change Policy

(Solutions from the Land)  … That opening now allows for the presentation and consideration of a more centered and pragmatic approach like that promoted by Solutions from the Land (SfL) and the other members of the North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA). NACSAA is a producer-led alliance focused on utilizing climate-smart

January 17, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK–Chris Clayton

Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor reported that Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting that his committee will schedule hearings on trade and climate change in the near future and quoted Senator Roberts acknowledging increased yields and the role of agriculture:  “It’s

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

So You Want to Turn Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel?

by Vivianne Wandera  (Standard Media/Standard Digital)  … The technical term for this process is transesterification. … Biodiesel is said to degrade as fast as sugar and is less toxic than table salt. It can be used by itself or blended with petroleum for a more environmentally friendly fuel alternative.You can use biodiesel

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Rebecca (Becky) Ong

Rebecca (Becky) Ong majored in chemical engineering and tacked on a degree in plant biology. “I had no plan to integrate them at all,” she says, “I was just interested in plants.” All of that changed, however, when Ong attended a lecture by Michigan State University professor Bruce Dale on

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) DEADLINES: May 24, 2019 (4th Friday in May) and August 28, 2019 (4th Wednesday in August)

(National Science Foundation)   The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Undergraduates Participate in Bioenergy Research at GLBRC through REU Program

by Max Witynski (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research  Center)  The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center hosted 10 REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) students in summer 2018. Seven students participated in bioenergy-related research at Michigan State, and three at UW–Madison. We asked them to tell us a little about their interests, motivations, and/or goals related to

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Opinions: Why the Time Has Come for a Green New Deal

by Katrina vanden Heuvel (Washington Post)  Almost 20 years ago, writer Mark Hertsgaard suggested a bold idea to upend the climate debate. Arguing that ambitious climate action was politically impossible without simultaneously meeting people’s economic needs, he proposed a massive public works program to “retrofit everything from our farms to our factories” that would be “a

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Students Make Biodiesel from Used Vegetable Oil

by Aditi Gyanesh (Times of India) What do you do with vegetable oil after use? Flush it down the drain? You could convert it into biodiesel, as PES University students have been doing for the past three years.  SH Kavitha, PhD student, department of biotechnology, has been converting used vegetable oil from different sources

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Democrats Shift toward Impact on Jobs as Climate Change Moves to Front of 2020 Agenda

by Michael Sherer (Washington Post) … Democrats preparing to run for president have been rushing to shift their plans for combating climate change, highlighting an issue once considered a political liability, especially in Midwestern swing states won by President Trump. Aides to a half-dozen senators considering a 2020 campaign met with supporters

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Meet the Scholar Crafting the ‘Green New Deal’

by Hannah Northey (E&E News)  Think of it as the policy muscle behind the promised “Green New Deal.”  A policy group is being formed to support an energized progressive movement that’s taken Capitol Hill by storm under the leadership of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). It’s called the New Consensus. The 501c(3) nonprofit is in

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Michael Bloomberg Backtracks on Ethanol, Slams Trump in Iowa

by Nolan Hicks  (New York Post)  Eyeing a possible presidential run, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg reversed his previous harsh criticism of ethanol and blasted away at President Trump, saying that someone should “take away” the president’s keyboard. Bloomberg made the comments after spending the day in agriculture-dependent Iowa, a crucial early battleground for

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Here’s Where Incoming Republicans Stand on Climate

by Mark K. Matthews (E&E News)  If they stay true to their campaign rhetoric, the class of freshman House Republicans won’t be leading any revolutions next year on the issue of climate change. … In a few cases, there are reasons for climate activists to be cautiously optimistic. Wisconsin voters picked Republican

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Releases Updated Brochure Allowing Consumers to Track Latest Flex Fuel Models

(Renewable Fuels Association)  More than 24 million vehicles on U.S. roads today are flex fuel vehicles (FFV), capable of running on fuel blends containing up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). Can your vehicle use a cleaner, higher octane flex fuel? The Renewable Fuels Association has updated its annual FFV brochure to help consumers

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

How AFD Cracked the Code for Extracting 30 HP More from E85

by Jeff Smith (Hot Rod Network)  By now, everybody knows about ethanol and E85. If you don’t, it’s time you caught up with the rest of the world.  … Today, the U.S. Department of Energy defines E85 as actually any blend of 51 to 83 percent ethanol with gasoline. This is required

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive: EPA Lifts Advanced Biofuel Mandate for 2019 – Document

by Humeyra Pamuk  (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lifted its annual blending mandate for advanced biofuels by 15 percent for 2019, while keeping steady the requirement for conventional biofuels like corn-based ethanol, according to an agency document seen by Reuters on Thursday. The mandate includes 4.92 billion gallons for advanced biofuels

November 30, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Catherine Rampell

“Here’s the thing. Taxing carbon is exactly how you get faster innovation. That’s kinda the point,” observed Catherine Rampell in a recent Washington Post op-ed.  She continued, ” A carbon tax prices in, upfront, the hidden costs of burning fossil fuels, including pollution and the warming of the planet. … But over the longer-term,

November 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Help Advanced Biofuels USA as You Shop

Do you want to help advocate for understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels? If yes, when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/80-0161655, AmazonSmile donates to Advanced Biofuels USA Inc.  Or donate by clicking here.  Special thanks from us during this Holiday Season! And best wishes for a new year full of

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

National Corn Growers Association, Environmental Defense Fund Partner to Improve Environment while Growing Profits

(Wallaces Farmer)  Environmental Defense Fund and National Corn Growers Association will engage in continuous improvements for water quality while strengthening yields  —  The Environmental Defense Fund and the National Corn Growers Association have partnered to improve environmental outcomes while optimizing productivity and profitability.  “Many practices that increase soil health and water quality

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Urban Air Initiative

“Emails between the EPA and the oil industry show that EPA asked oil industry employees what test fuels they would “prefer to see tested” and then revised the test fuels in response to their input. The EPA also threw out three test fuels after preliminary results showed that ethanol lowered

November 13, 2018 Read Full Article

NIFA Listens – Stakeholder Guidance on Agriculture Priorities DEADLINE: November 30, 2018

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking stakeholder feedback to inform the research, extension and education priorities of NIFA.  In short, NIFA is the extramural funding agency within USDA.  NIFA are attempting to ensure that they reach a broad spectrum of organizations involved in food and agricultural

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington State Voters Reject Carbon Tax

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Voters in Washington state on Tuesday rejected a proposed carbon tax that would have been the first such levy in the nation. The policy would have been an effort to fight climate change by mandating that companies using or selling fossil fuels pay taxes equal to $15 per metric ton

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Who’s Running Things? With Democrats Preparing to Run the House

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  With Democrats preparing to run the House, here’s how the committee leadership shuffle is expected to work out. — Energy and Commerce Committee: New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone will grab the gavel of this panel with broad EPA, DOE, FERC and other energy-related jurisdiction. Current

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Kenyan Teacher Uses Water Hyacinths for Biofuel

by Hassan Lali (BBC) A Kenyan teacher Richard Awra uses water hyacinths in a new biofuel to combat both problems of energy poverty and plant over-growth. The Kenya Marine institute estimates has covered about 10,360 hectares of Lake Victoria. Richard hopes to continue to supply this cheap alternative so families can

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

German-Language STEM Workshops at University of Rhode Island for High School Students–CO2 Experiment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) For scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians, Germany offers a broad range of opportunities when it comes to higher education and professional development. The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) German International Engineering Program (GIEP), together with the Goethe-Institut Boston and the American Association of Teachers

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Baseball Teams Knock It Out of the Park with Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board)  … Ballparks throughout the country are recycling used cooking oil into clean burning biodiesel. This advanced biofuel reduces carbon emissions by 80 percent, helping the crowds breathe easier. “When I order food at a ballpark I can see all the grease in the concession stand,” said National Biodiesel

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump’s Trade War Looms over Divided U.S. Farm Belt ahead of Vote

by Humeyra Pamuk and P.J. Huffstutter  (Reuters)  … Some of the nation’s 3.2 million farmers and ranchers, traditionally staunch Republicans, are wavering in this election because of the trade dispute with China, the main buyer of U.S. soybeans and pork, interviews with nearly two dozen farmers showed. Those interviews and a survey

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Don’t Forget! See you at the polls!

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

REI, Microsoft Rallying Companies to Support Washington’s Proposed Carbon Fee

by Nithin Coca (Sustainable Brands)  Next month’s election could potentially be historic for Washington State, where voters will have the choice of enacting the first-in-the-nation carbon fee — a concrete measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Measure 1631 has the support of several prominent Washington-based businesses including REI,

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Visit Sioux Falls Area on Thursday

by Jeremy Fugleberg (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)  Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will visit South Dakota on Thursday morning. An initial schedule from the Department of Agriculture indicates Perdue will visit several locations in the Sioux Falls area. He will: Tour the Poet ethanol plant in Chancellor and hold a roundtable

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA President Says February Not Soon Enough for E15 Rulemaking

(WNAX)  This week, the Environmental Protection Agency published its rule making agenda for 2019 and in it said they’’ll start the rulemaking process for year-round use of E15 in February of next year. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper says they wanted to see the rulemaking start sooner than

October 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Help Wanted: Job Interview for High Octane & Low Carbon

by Doug Durante and Doug Sombke (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/South Dakota Farmers Union/Biofuels Digest)  … However, we may have a unique and perhaps unprecedented opportunity for a do-over with the proposed fuel economy rule. While we take no position on exactly what the mileage standards should be, whatever they are we can

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

President Opens up E15 Sales: Trump Directs EPA to Allow Year-Round E15 and a More Transparent RINs Market

by Chris Clayton and Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leading into President Donald Trump’s trip to Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Tuesday, a senior White House official said Tuesday that the president has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to create a new rule allowing year-round sales of 15% ethanol blends. Monte

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In analyzing the future of fueling air transportation in the wake of the Lanza Tech-fueled Virgin Air Florida-to-Gatwick flight, Biofuels Digest‘s Jim Lane suggested that we “bring consumer pressure to bear by distinguishing between sustainable flights and non-sustainable flights, the same way we distinguish between organic and non-organic foods, fair trade

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Hints at Iowa Trip to Announce ‘Something Very Important’

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register) President Donald Trump on Monday hinted at a possible upcoming trip to Iowa to announce “something very important” while touting a new U.S. trade deal with Canada and Mexico.  The comments came as Trump thanked Sen. Joni Ernst during a Rose Garden news conference announcing the $1.2 trillion

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Security: A Bipartisan Issue in a Partisan Year

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What this country — and every country — needs is a bigger vision so that the friends of energy security are not divided by their differences on technology or feedstock but are united toward a common purpose that provides opportunity — and sustainable energy —

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

With Gas Prices Rising, Sales of Cheaper, Ethanol-Blended Fuels Are Surging in California

by Steve Scauzillo (San Gabriel Valley Tribune/The Sun)  … But in about 190 stations in California, there exists an alternative: One lone, usually green-colored nozzle delivering E-85, an alcohol blend accepted in 1.3 million “flexible-fuel” vehicles on California roads today. At 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, E85 fuel packs

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Cassidy Walter

As Cassidy Walter of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association points out in a recent Gazette op-ed, “In fact, not only has Big Oil enjoyed federal tax subsidies for the past 100 years, the federal government actually mandates all vehicle fuel be petroleum-based except for what is allowed by the RFS.

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

OPINION: Brown Drops an Easy Climate Win in California

by Mike Lewis (Pearson Fuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 21, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 558, a California bill authored by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva that was designed to better leverage California’s fleet of flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). The measure would have required the California Air Resources Board to recommend non-fiscal policies to

September 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Update1-White House Mulls Limits on Biofuel Trading as Part of E15 Deal-Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The White House is considering imposing restrictions on trading of biofuel credits, hoping to discourage speculation and reduce costs for oil refiners to comply with U.S. biofuels policy, according to three sources familiar with the discussions.  …  The move would be part of a widely anticipated deal to

September 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Election 2018: Clean Energy’s Future Could Rise or Fall with 36 Governors’ Races

by Marianne Lavelle and Dan Gearino  (Inside Climate News)  Governors have the power to set the agenda on renewable energy or throw up roadblocks to its progress. It’s become an issue in several races this year.  —  Some of the most consequential elections for climate policy this fall could be the 36 governor’s

September 28, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Kelly Davis

In recent Renewable Fuels Association testimony, Kelly Davis noted, “It was apparent that the previous administration disregarded comments from RFA and many other stakeholders—including the automakers—that encouraged EPA to evaluate engines and fuels as integrated systems when assessing the efficacy of model year 2022-2025 fuel economy and GHG standards. Indeed,

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

University of Rhode Island Energy Fellows Program: Applications for 2019 Now Open! DEADLINE: November 12, 2018

(University of Rhode Island Extension)  In response to a growing need for student experiential learning opportunities in energy, URI Cooperative Extension created the Energy Fellows Program in 2008 to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student learning experience. To date, the program has seen over 100 students complete program requirements, with over

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Six Green Fleets in Tennessee Prevent 575 Tons of CO2 Annually

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  … The Tennessee Green Fleets Certification Program, developed by Middle-West and East Tennessee Clean Fuels, uses performance-based metrics to analyze fleets’ vehicle and fuel-use data and compare new actions they have taken to what their footprint would have looked like without those actions. The program encompasses

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Smith Awarded “High Octane Champion” Award from Nebraska’s Ethanol Industry

by Chad Moyer (KTIC Radio)  Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) has been recognized as a 2018 High Octane Champion by Renewable Fuels Nebraska, the trade association for Nebraska’s ethanol industry. The award was developed by the RFN membership as a way to recognize public policy leaders that strongly support Nebraska’s $5 billion

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Letter to Editor: Legislators, Please End Renewable Fuel Restrictions

by Bob Bowman (Clinton Herald)  The ethanol industry is critical to the Midwest, supporting thousands of jobs and adding billions of dollars to our economy. It also drives corn demand at a time when Iowa farm family income is at the lowest level in over a decade. However, the sale of

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Green Careers for a Changing Climate-Documentary

(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 — Justin Worland

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 — Patty Judge

“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 — Destin Singleton

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 — Ed Bolen

“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

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

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 — Michael Tamor

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 — Manhattan Institute

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

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