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#Gasolinegate: EPA’s Role in Fair Gasoline Emissions Testing Draws Fire

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, researchers for a report published by the Urban Air Initiative contend that “technical data that shows the nation has been exposed to decades of

November 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Senators to Trump Administration: Don’t Challenge California’s Clean Car Standards

(Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein) Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today was joined by 22 senators in calling on the Trump administration to end its challenge of California’s authority to set vehicle emission

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

The Truth about E15 and Smog

(Renewable Fuels Association)  On October 9, President Trump announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon begin a rulemaking process to allow year-round sales of E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol)

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuels Ethanol and Air Quality – Separating Fact from Fiction

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … After Tuesday’s announcement, the oil industry and some environmental groups were quick to claim that increasing the volume of ethanol in the

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Everything You Need to Know about Wednesday’s Cars CO2 Vote

by Greg Archer (Transport & Environment/EurActiv)  While most of the political attention is – rightly – focused on the headline target for CO2 reduction, the discussion on car emissions has also much

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

California Affirms Auto Rules, Asks Carmakers to Share Compliance Plans

by Darius Dixon (Politico’s Morning Energy) The California Air Resources Board on Friday approved a rule warning automakers that they will have to meet the current greenhouse gas emissions standards

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Automakers Seek Flexibility at Hearing on Mileage Standards

by Tom Krisher adn Sudhin Thanawala (Associated Press) Automakers sought flexibility while environmental groups blasted the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back fuel economy standards at a public hearing on the

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Testifies in Support of High Octane Low Carbon Fuels at EPA/NHTSA Hearing

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association)  A high-octane, low-carbon fuel containing 20-40% ethanol used in optimized engines would be the lowest cost means of achieving compliance with fuel economy and greenhouse

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Finding Pathways for Biofuels Advocates Say State Low-Carbon Fuel Policies Could Drive More Ethanol Demand

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Just a few blocks from the commotion and crowds at the Global Climate Action Summit, biofuel advocates gathered Thursday to champion more low-carbon fuel

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

To Kill Climate Rule, EPA Wants to Redefine Danger of Soot

by Niina Heikkinen (E&E News)   Whether it’s in haze-shrouded cities, plumes of car exhaust or even clear skies, fine particle pollution can be found just about everywhere in the United States.

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Battle for Octane: Ethanol or Aromatics?

by Steve Vander Griend (Urban Air Initiative)  After learning about the clean octane benefits of ethanol, you may wonder why oil refineries still choose the toxic octane source of aromatics. A

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Air Pollution: Agriculture and Transport Emissions Continue to Pose Problems in Meeting Agreed Limits

(European Environment Agency)  Emissions from agriculture and transport continue to pose problems for European Union Member States in meeting EU and United Nations air pollution limits, according to updated data published

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Nitin Gadkari Looks at Biofuels to Clean up Air, Save Taj Mahal

by Sowmiya Ashok (Indian Express)  Five days after the Supreme Court told the Centre that the Taj Mahal should either be restored or demolished, three Union ministers and the UP chief

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

California Is Cutting Greenhouse Gases, but Not from Cars. Can That Change?

by David R. Baker (San Francisco Chronicle)  … Emissions from transportation — cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships — keep rising. And since transportation accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Using PNG, Biofuel for Cooking May Soon Get Cheaper, Subsidy Proposed

(Business Standard)  At present, the government extends a subsidy to users of LPG but PNG and biofuel users do not receive such benefits — The government is considering a subsidy for all

July 16, 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

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Punjab Will Produce Bio-Ethanol from Paddy Straw: Sunder Sham Arora

(5 Dariya News)  To curb the menace of crop residue burning and create a positive atmosphere for industrialization, Punjab Government has taken a decision to set up a Bio-ethanol project. In

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

In a Q&A with The Washington Post on Friday, Wheeler Showed He Differs from Pruitt

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  In a Q&A with The Washington Post on Friday, (EPA Acting Administrator Scott) Wheeler showed he differs from Pruitt in at least one major way. He

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

AAPCA Releases 2018 Edition of The Greatest Story Seldom Told

(Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies)  Today, the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) released the 2018 edition of The Greatest Story Seldom Told: Profiles and Success Stories in Air Pollution

July 3, 2018 Read Full Article

China’s Shift to Cleaner Energy Drives Huge Ethanol Demand

by Leah Marie Angelou (Small Cap Network) … China is at a crossroad as it shifts to cleaner and renewable energy sources. Can the country keep up with its environmental

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Recycled Frying Oil Fuels 10-Million-Km Journey to Improve Local Air Quality – McDonald’s UAE

(Zawaya/McDonalds UAE)  Biodiesel initiative saves CO2 equivalent of burning over 4-million kilos of coal since launching  —  McDonald’s UAE today announced that its logistics fleet of biodiesel delivery trucks have clocked

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels for the Marine Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels for marine diesels — a biofuel developers dream? That’s the premise of his IEA webinar deck on the promise and progress in marine biofuels, a 330

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Bio CNG and Bio-Ethanol to Be Manufactured from Paddy Straw

(5 Dariya News)   The Government is committed to free Punjab from pollution due to paddy straw burning and every possible effort is afoot for the same. The Punjab  Energy Development

June 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Mexican Court Overturns Ethanol Blending Injunction

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  A federal tribunal in Mexico Thursday overturned an injunction blocking ethanol blending from climbing to 10% from 5.8%, two sources connected to the case told S&P Global

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Chief Hints He Could Order More Ethanol in Fuel

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A week after the White House suspended its bid to reform the nation’s biofuels policy to aid oil refiners, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Stubble Burning: Punjab to Manufacture Bio-CNG from Paddy Straw

(Economic Times Energy World)  Seven bio-mass power plants are already underway in the state, but now steps have been taken in the direction of Bio CNG/bio-ethanol from paddy straw, the minister

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Leaders in Advanced Diesel Technology Outline Innovations to Deliver Cargo and Cleaner Air

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … The other thing you’re looking at with renewable diesel – since it is diesel fuel – you don’t have a lot of logistical handling problems that you

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Interaction of the Clean Air Act, California’s CAA Waiver, Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards, Renewable Fuel Standards and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Trump Administration is taking a new look at Obama Administration era Co2 regulations.  On the transportation side, these include reviewing Corporate Average Fuel Economy

May 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

EPA, California Officials Meet on Fuel-Efficiency Rules

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The Environmental Protection Agency is meeting with California officials this week in Washington to negotiate the creation of a national fuel efficiency standard after the state

May 17, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Lacks Power to Administratively Expand Ethanol Waiver

(Institute for Energy Research)  The Trump administration is considering expanding the ethanol fuel waiver in the Clean Air Act (CAA) to allow E15 fuel (gasoline containing up to 15% ethanol) to

May 9, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

How Trump Might Make SUVs Pricier in Seattle than Omaha

by Camille von Kaenel (E&E News)  … The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken vehicle pollution requirements could set up a split U.S. market, concentrating fuel-efficient cars in mostly Democratic states and

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Former Volkswagen CEO Indicted Over Emission Testing Scandal

by Sonari Glinton (National Public Radio)  Martin Winterkorn, the former head of Volkswagen, was indicted on Thursday along with five other former VW executives on charges of conspiracy and fraud in

May 4, 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,

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump’s EPA Argues More People Will Die in Car Accidents unless California Fuel Rules Are Weakened

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  The Trump administration is embracing a curious — and some would say dated — argument as it builds its case to weaken federal rules

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Isobutanol’s Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as

April 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Economic Survey Suggests Converting Agricultural Waste into Biofuels to Tackle Pollution

by Mayank Aggarwal (LiveMint)  Survey also recommends ‘congestion pricing’ for vehicles, expanding and improving public bus system to reduce private vehicle use, and phasing out old vehicles to reduce pollution  —  The Economic

January 29, 2018 Read Full Article

The Greenhouse Gas Pruitt Worries about

by Scott Waldman (E&E News)  Scott Pruitt is one of the Trump administration’s most aggressive critics of climate change science, but lately he’s been talking about the dangers of greenhouse gas.

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

VW Settlement Should Fund Clean Air Today — Not Years Down the Road

by Allen Schaeffer (Diesel Technology Forum/The Hill)  … The Sierra Club’s has offered a one size, all-electrification-fits-all recommendation — that would just be another bad choice that would actually lead to dirtier air

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Dar, Chinese Firm Deal to Revitalise Cassava Farming

Pius Rugonzibwa In Mwanza  (Daily News)  The production of cassava in the country has received a major boost after the government recently signed a deal with a Chinese firm worth over

December 15, 2017 Read Full Article

California Readies $398-Million Green Truck Incentive Package

(Diesel Technology Forum) There are about 950,000 commercial trucks registered in California, and the vast majority are powered by diesel engines. State law says that in 2023 and after, only

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

As Ships Risk “Unseaworthy” Rating, Warns IMO, Bioenergy Is a Key to Saving Them

by Ron Cascone (Nexant)  Reuters reported on November 16, 2017 an International Maritime Organization (IMO) declaration that ships not meeting stack sulfur emission limits through reductions in the sulfur content of their

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

VW Bosses Coached Me to Lie, Jailed Manager Tells U.S. Judge

by Christie Smythe (Bloomberg Technology)  (Oliver) Schmidt to be sentenced on Dec. 6 over emissions scandal; ‘Regrettably, I agreed to follow it’; faces 7 years in prison  —  …  In a

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuel Economy Is Going up. Vehicle Prices Are Holding Steady.

by Eric Junga (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) In responding to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action on vehicle standards, ACEEE found that average vehicle prices have remained essentially flat over the past

November 30, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“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

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Feature: Mexican Ethanol Optimism Returns after States Ask for Ban Repeal

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  The Mexican ethanol market could have more room to grow as the states of Nuevo Leon and Jalisco have asked for a repeal of a ban on ethanol

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Assured Offtake by OMCs to Boost Ethanol Supply

(Financial Express)  Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday emphasised the need for offtake guarantee by oil marketing companies (OMCs) to increase ethanol supply for blending with fuel.  Speaking at a consultative workshop

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Pollutant Powerplay

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Pacific Ethanol in Stockton, California, will be the first ethanol plant to use Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizer, a combined-heat-and-power plant fueled by waste gas,

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

PetroMin Pushes OMCs to Buy Paddy Stubble

by Shine Jacob Sanjeeb Mukherjee & Shreya Jai (Business Standard)  A NITI Aayog suggests an estimated ~11,500 crore would be needed to permanently address the problem of stubble burning  —  After announcing

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

New Report Details Racial, Economic Injustice of Pollution Trading Programs

(Food & Water Watch)  Under plans like California’s “cap-and-trade” program, pollution and public health impacts actually increase in lower-income communities of color.  —  New analysis published today details the disproportionate burdens of

November 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Why Palm Biodiesel Producers Should Keep Pushing R&D and Make Palm Oil Biodiesel More Environmentally Friendly

by Yamin Vong  (The Sun)  … The European Union is campaigning against palm bio-diesel and the European Parliament appears to be determined to ratify the Palm Oil and Deforestation of the Rainforests

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Nigeria’s NNPC Signs MoU to Build Biofuel Plant

(Platts)  Nigeria plans to build a 65 billion liters/year biofuel plant to boost supply of clean fuels in the country, state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. said Wednesday. NNPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding

November 2, 2017 Read Full Article

New Traffic Pollution Charge Hits London

(Biofuels International) … Pre-Euro 4 vehicles are generally those registered before 2006, although Transport for London recommends owners of any vehicle registered before 2008 should check to see if they’re liable

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Feature: Mexican Ethanol Blending Faces Legal Hurdles Following Injunction

by Josh Pedrick and Silvia Struthers (Platts)  A future that once looked rosy for climbing ethanol blends with gasoline in Mexico could be in jeopardy as legal challenges to a new fuel regulation

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article

US Grains Council : Ethanol Summit Of The Americas Enlivens Discussions Of Global Ethanol Use

(4-Traders)  Industry and government officials from more than 15 countries in the Western Hemisphere are meeting this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Americas to discuss current and future opportunities

October 19, 2017 Read Full Article

A Perspective on the Value of Cooking with Off-Grid Power

by Mahesh Bhave (Renewable Energy World)  Why should rural electrification efforts worldwide — in Africa, India, Central and South America — isolate cooking from other core applications such as lighting, fans,

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Houston Companies Join High-Octane Battle over Fuel in Mexico

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  At a Rice University forum last year, Mexican Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell was asked whether his government would allow refiners to increase the concentrations of

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioenergy and Biofuels Highlighted in UK’s Clean Growth Strategy

(Biofuels International)  A plan for cutting carbon emissions while growing the economy has been released by the UK government. ‘The Clean Growth Strategy: Leading the way to a low carbon future’

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-Paris Plans to Banish All but Electric Cars by 2030

by  Brian Love (Reuters)  Target is 10 years ahead of national deadline;  Goal is to fight smog in host city of 2024 Olympics (Updates)  —  Paris authorities plan to banish all petrol- and

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Scania Will Provide Clean Buses to 20 Major Cities

(Scania) Scania today joins the Global Industry Partnership on Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleets with a commitment to, by 2018, provide modern soot-free buses to 20 major cities in Africa, Asia, Latin

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Can The Corn Ethanol Lobby Win In Mexico, Too?

by David Blackmon (Forbes)  … The elimination in the U.S. of the use of MTBE as a gasoline oxygenation agent by the EPA was a big factor in the initial turn to

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Environmental and Economic Goals Not in Conflict, New Study Claims

(Bioenergy Insight) New research claims that air pollution policy reduces the extent to which population growth in urban areas results in

August 15, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Coalition Promises ‘Vigorous’ Legal Action to Maintain Vehicle Emissions Standards

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  Leading a coalition of 13 attorneys general and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, New York

June 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Advanced Biofuels Business Council Ask Senators to Support Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act

(Biofuels Journal)  More than 25 advanced biofuel producers and trade associations today sent a letter to members of the Senate

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Let’s Not Rush with Diesel

by Seppo Mikkonen (Neste)  According to recent estimates, there will be a stop to diesel-fueled traffic. The resistance to diesel

May 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Aemetis Wins $6 million Biodiesel Supply Contract with India Government Oil Companies

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today (May 10, 2017) that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has won its first contract

May 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Fuel a New Component in the Advancement Of Clean Diesel Technology

(Diesel Technology Forum)  With national and international policies moving toward a low-carbon, sustainable future, advanced clean diesel technologies and the

March 30, 2017 Read Full Article

BAA Rejects Productivity Commission Claims

(Biofuels Association of Australia) The Biofuels Association of Australia strongly rejects claims by the Federal Productivity Commission that the industry fails

March 30, 2017 Read Full Article

New Biomass Conversion Idea Could Help Ag Industry

by Patrick Cavanaugh (California Ag Today)  A new biomass process will convert woody ag waste, including almond hulls and shells, into

March 30, 2017 Read Full Article

The Role of Biodiesel in Curbing Pollution

by Sandeep Chaturvedi (Biodiesel Association of India/Financial Express)  Rapidly increasing vehicular pollution and complete neglect by the authorities to take

March 14, 2017 Read Full Article

MIT Study Estimates That VW’s Dieselgate Scandal Will Send 1,200 Europeans To An Early Grave

by David Tracy (Jalopnik)  In 2015, Researchers from MIT, Harvard and Hasselt University (in Belgium) estimated that VW’s 482,000 cheating diesels

March 8, 2017 Read Full Article

No Waiver? No Sense.

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry sees one-pound waiver for E15 as a no-brainer.  —  Perplexed about

February 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Soup-to-Nuts Review Finds CA Clean Cars Program Working

by Simon Mui (National Resources Defense Council)  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a soup-to-nuts review of its Advanced Clean

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Volkswagen to Recall 83,000 3.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles and Fund Mitigation Projects to Settle Allegations of Cheating Emissions Tests on Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche Vehicles

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Settlement requires Volkswagen to offer to buy back older vehicles, and spend $225 million to mitigate NOx

December 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens & Mexico City Stumble; African Nations Get It Right on Policies for Cleaner Air with Cleaner Diesel Fuel & Technology

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Last week, the mayors of four cities – Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens – announced they had

December 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Automakers Look to Put EPA Rules on Ice in Spending Bill

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Major automakers have embarked on an eleventh-hour push to undercut the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision

December 7, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

India Will Soon Be Zero Petroleum Import Country: Gadkari

(CNBC MoneyControl)  Despite low prices globally, India at present is incurring a massive Rs 4.5 lakh crore on crude imports

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Crown Point Tops off Tank with New E-85 Fuel Grant

by Carrie Napoleon (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)  The Indiana Department of Transportation and Northwest Regional Planning Commission will continue to pay for

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Delaware City Refinery Wants Permit to Expand Operations

by Scott Goss (The News Journal/Delaware Online)  PBF Energy wants to significantly increase the amount of biofuel being stored at

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region.

September 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Got octane?

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s the Holy Grail for many in the ethanol industry to

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Big Corn Finds Unlikely Allies in US Biofuels Push: Carmakers and Drivers

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … Reuters‘ analysis of vehicle sales and government data shows that almost a fifth of the vehicles on

August 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Reflections on What Could Have Been

by Ray Defenbaugh (Urban Air Initiative/Big River Resources/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ah, summertime …, and the livin’ is easy, as the song

August 16, 2016 Read Full Article

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Standards address second-largest segment of U.S. transportation in terms of emissions and energy use — The U.S.

August 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Does the U.S. EPA Not Want Biofuels?

by Nathan Vander Griend (ERI Solutions, Inc./Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) mission is to

August 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Blend Wall Crumbles in Retailers’ Eyes

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There is no such thing as a 10 percent blend wall unless petroleum marketers

August 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Washington State’s Proposed Clean Air Rule Ignores Biofuels’ Climate Benefits

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Washington state’s proposed Clean Air Rule (CAR) fails to recognize the climate benefits associated with biofuels and

July 25, 2016 Read Full Article

A $2.7 Billion Missed Opportunity

(Diesel Technology Forum)  For any level of funding, more near-zero NOx technologies may find their way on the road and

July 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Carbon Cature and Utilization Act Would Support Algae Technologies

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and five of his Senate colleagues introduced today the Carbon Capture and

July 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Three U.S. States Plan Lawsuits over Volkswagen Diesel Pollution

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Three U.S. states plan to unveil new lawsuits against Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) on Tuesday tied to

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Vehicle Rules Will Fall Short on Emissions, Fuel Savings, Agencies Say

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  U.S. vehicle efficiency rules won’t deliver the carbon reductions or fuel savings President Barack Obama

July 18, 2016 Read Full Article

US EPA, US DOT, California’s Air Resources Board Issue Draft Technical Assessment Report of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Cars and Light Trucks

(U.S. Department of Transportation)  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the California Air

July 18, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

EU to Introduce CO2 Emission Limits for Trucks

by Julia Fioretti (Reuters)  The European Commission will propose limits for the first time on CO2 emissions from trucks and

July 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Sulfur Compounded in Ethanol Regulations

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As the Tier 3 deadline approaches, it’s important to understand the difference between

July 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Greens Sue EPA to Force New NOx, SOx Standards

by Alex Guillén (Political Pro)  …   The two standards were last reviewed in 2010 – meaning EPA is currently a year

July 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Air Pollution Linked to 6.5 Million Deaths a Year, Study Says, with the Highest Concentration in Asia

by Melissa Chan (Time Magazine)  Air pollution contributes to about 6.5 million deaths each year, the International Energy Agency warned in

July 5, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Exxon, ConocoPhillips Top List of Methane Polluters

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Fortune Magazine)  This is how much methane pollution that eleven oil and gas companies emit annually. Eleven oil and

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

‘Threat Map’ Aims to Highlight the Worst of Oil and Gas Air Pollution

by Zahra Hirji (Inside Climate News)  Two activist groups used government data to show 12.4 million people in the U.S.

June 22, 2016 Read Full Article

When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities

(Coming Clean)  When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities is a report documenting Coming

June 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Connecting the Dots

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  …  We’ve learned that we can reduce harmful emissions by replacing

June 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Constantinides Calls For More Sustainable Heating

(Queens Gazette)  City Council Member Costa Constantinides, joined by environmental groups and others, rallied in support of his bill INT.

June 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Point/Counterpoint: Is It Time for Greens To Reassess Their Opposition to Ethanol?

by Senator Timothy Wirth and C. Boyden Gray (Yale Environment 360)  The criticism of ethanol by environmentalists is misguided and

May 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Why Ethanol in Gasoline Remains a Good Idea

by John M. Urbanchuk  (The Intelligencer)  I am writing in response to Andrew Mikula’s May 13 letter (“With oil now plentiful,

May 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Sets Sights on Asia-Pacific Region

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews)  The U.S. Grains Council has long served as an international promoter of corn and other

May 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Scania Delivers 51 Biodiesel And Vegetable Oil Hybrid Buses to Madrid

(The Auto Channel)  In a major commercial breakthrough, Scania will in June start delivering 51 hybridised Scania Citywide buses to

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

CNG More Harmful for Environment than Diesel: Gujarat Govt to High Court

(ZeeNews.India) … Citing an expert committee report on fuels, the state government today told the Gujarat High Court that CNG will

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Growth Likely for Ethanol Industry

by Terry Anderson (Lee Agri-Media/Iowa Farmer Today)  Great market opportunities exist for the ethanol industry, Doug Durante said as he

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

University of Maryland Publishes Study: Considering the Cost of Clean: Americans on Energy, Air Quality and Climate

(University of Maryland Program for Public Consultation) … To find out what Americans would recommend when given facts and arguments, the

May 4, 2016 Read Full Article

A New Obama Emissions Play

by Michael Grunwald (Politico)  The administration floats a rule governing transportation projects.  —  Administration officials told POLITICO they are about

April 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Barbecues, Beaches and E15? You Bet

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Nearly 30 years ago, the U.S. EPA provided a 1-pound-per-square-inch (psi) waiver of the

April 14, 2016 Read Full Article

What Are the CAFE Standards, and Why Do They Matter?

by Robin Vercruse (Fuel Freedom)  … Initially focused on reducing our nation’s petroleum use in the wake of the oil crisis

March 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Bringing Clean, Safe, Affordable Cooking Energy to Kenyan Households: An Agenda for Action

(Stockholm Environment Institute)  This briefing note synthesizes the latest evidence on the impacts of traditional biomass cooking and discusses options

March 9, 2016 Read Full Article

UK’s Top Environmental Groups Lay Down Challenge to Next Mayor to Make London a Treener, Healthier City

(Green Alliance)  A coalition of the UK’s leading environmental groups,[1] including the National Trust, WWF, RSPB and Greenpeace, are today

March 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Taking a Bite out of Emissions in the Big Apple

by Tom Slunecka (Biodiesel Magazine/Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council) … For those of us old enough to remember the 1970s (I

February 10, 2016 Read Full Article

US Files Civil Complaint against VW for Clean Air Act Violations

(Biodiesel Magazine/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. EPA, filed a civil complaint

February 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Backers Say Higher Blends Would Reduce Air Toxics

by Renee Schoof (Bloomberg BNA)  A group of farm-state governors and some advocates for clean energy are pressing the Environmental Protection

February 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Growing Beyond the RFS to Drive Demand for Ethanol

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  …  “The RFS helped kick start the significant volumes of ethanol production we see today, but

January 27, 2016 Read Full Article

NYC Council Member Sold on Biodiesel Benefits

by by Tom Steever (Brownfield Ag News)  New York City officials are looking for ways to increase the required blend of

January 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Greens: Gas Developers Aren’t Telling Investors of Methane Leaks

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Natural gas developers are providing very restricted information about their methane emissions to investors, according to

January 17, 2016 Read Full Article

RFA Comments on DOE’s Innovative “Optima” Program

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com) The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) had a call for information on Co-Optimization of

January 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Defour Group and Transportation Fuel Consulting Post Responses to DOE Request Regarding Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

(Defour Group/Transportation Fuels Consulting)  Dean Drake of the Defour Group LLC (D4) and Gary Herwick of Transportation Fuels Consulting (TFC) have

January 12, 2016 Read Full Article

United States Files Complaint Against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today filed a civil

January 4, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

NCCETC Receives $4.5 Million Grant to Continue Air Quality Improvement Efforts

(North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center)  Funding now available for transportation-related emission reduction projects —  The North Carolina Department of

December 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality

by Shelagh Whitley and Laurie van der Burg (New Climate Economy)  The research underpinning this New Climate Economy Working Paper was

December 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Chempolis, Avantha Partner to Offer Cellulosic Technology

(Chempolis, Ltd.)  Chempolis Ltd., a Finland-based biorefining technology corporation, has entered into partnership with Avantha Group’s research wing Avantha Centre

December 18, 2015 Read Full Article

India to Allow Ethanol-Only Vehicles; Response to Be Muted

by Mayank Bhardwaj (Reuters)  India will soon allow automakers to manufacture vehicles that can run entirely on ethanol, but adoption

December 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Mayor Lee Announces City’s Fleet Reaches Goal of Eliminating Use of All Petroleum Diesel

(Office of the Mayor, City and County of San Francisco)  Estimated 50 Percent Emissions Reductions Will Be Achieved as Result

December 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Here’s What You Need to Know about the Porter Ranch Gas Leak

(Los Angeles Daily News)  Nov. 6, 2015 – This morning at 11 a.m., SoCalGas crews and outside experts started the

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Sustainability and the Transport Sector in Lithuania

by Laurencas Raslavicius (ResearchGate) This review paper sets the stage for a look at the Lithuanian (hereinafter LT) transport sector and

December 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Key United States Cities’ Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies Rely on New Diesel Technology & Renewable Fuels

(Diesel Technology Forum)  New York City Joins San Francisco and Oakland In Embracing New Blends Of Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel

December 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Washington State Judge Rules that States Have a “Mandatory Duty” to “Preserve, Protect, and Enhance the Air Quality for the Current and Future Generations”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling

November 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Hyacinths and Sawdust Used to Combat Africa’s Cooking Pollution

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/The Washington Post)  A brew made from sawdust and water hyacinth flowers may help reduce the millions of

November 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Skyfill: Where the Sky Is a Free Sewer, Are Bioeconomy Thermodynamics Extremely Flawed from the Get Go?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As the reader notes, much of the original underlying biomass is not utilized when we

November 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Participates in Clean Energy Mission to India

(US Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A team of U.S. ethanol industry representatives led by USDA

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Don’t Weaken the RFS

by Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (R-N.J.) (The Hill)  … The RFS is Congress’s answer to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and expanding the

November 10, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Says Volkswagen Cheated a 2nd Time on Pollution Tests

by Matthew Daly and Tom Krisher (Associated Press/Washington Post)  … The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the California Air Resources Board, said

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

New Ozone Regulations Ignore Tailpipe Exhaust

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) welcomes new ozone standards that will further protect

October 30, 2015 Read Full Article

How Could Volkswagen’s Top Engineers Not Have Known?

by DuneLawrence, Benjamin Elgin, Vernon Silver (Bloomberg Business)  … From February through April 2013, they (researchers from West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative

October 23, 2015 Read Full Article

China to Revive Corn-Based Ethanol Amid Record High Stocks

by Niu Shuping and Chen Aizhu (Reuters)  China, the world’s second-largest corn consumer, is set to resume building new corn-based

October 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Dozens of Deaths Likely from VW Pollution Dodge

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press/Detroit News)  Volkswagen’s pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people

October 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Emissions Testing Is Broken, and Other Lessons from the VW Scandal

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  …  How do you create clean vehicles that consumers want to buy? All of the

October 3, 2015 Read Full Article

New Ozone Regulations Ignore Tailpipe Exhaust

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) welcomes new ozone standards that will further protect

October 2, 2015 Read Full Article

How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in the U.S.?

by Margo Sanger-Katz and John Schwartz (New York Times)  Volkswagen’s diesel deception unleashed tons of extra pollutants in the United States,

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

We Should Not Be Surprised about Volkswagen’s “Diesel-Gate”

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest) Fooling with computers to give false readings has happened before. It is important to recognize similarities

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

NOxgate Expands: 93% of Diesel Vehicles Tested Fail to Meet Euro 6 NOx Emission Standards; Average Is 7 Times over the Limit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The VW crisis just keeps getting worse, with Volkswagen suspending its VW, Audi, and Porsche R&D

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

VW Scandal Raises Doubts over Clean Diesel and Lab-Based Emissions Testing

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On September 22, Volkswagen Motors (VW) admitted that it had cheated on emissions testing in Europe

September 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Read Pope Francis’ Speech That He Gave at the White House

(ABC News)  … Mr. President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution. Accepting

September 23, 2015 Read Full Article

China Looks to Algenol’s Carbon Mitigation Technology to Reduce Rising Global CO2 Levels and Help Combat Climate Change

(Algenol)  U.S.-based Algenol will partner with South China’s Fujian Zhongyuan New Energy Company, Ltd. (ZYNE) to develop projects throughout Southern

September 23, 2015 Read Full Article

West Virginia Engineer Presented VW Emissions Findings a Year Ago

by David Morgan (Automotive News/Reuters)  Daniel Carder, an unassuming 45-year-old engineer with gray hair and blue jeans, appears an unlikely

September 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Zero Emission Vehicles: Not Really

by Don Siefkes, Debbie Baron and Eileen Broderick (E100 Ethanol Group, Mendo Alcohol Fuel Group) … California Governor Jerry Brown

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Your Guide To Dieselgate: Volkswagen’s Diesel Cheating Catastrophe

by Patrick George (Jalopnik)  Yes, it’s a catastrophe. There’s no other way to describe the allegations from the Environmental Protection

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

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