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EPA Scraps Detailed Plan to Force U.S. Refiners to Blend More Biofuels
July 12, 2018 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ditched a detailed plan that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019 to compensate for volumes likely to be …

An FAQ on 45Q: What Federal Carbon Storage Tax Credit Means for Midwest
July 11, 2018 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Frank Jossi (Energy News)  A federal tax credit passed earlier this year could increase the amount of carbon being stored underground. The revamped “45Q” tax credit boosts the amount of money available to companies willing …

Brett Kavanaugh Could Be Good for Ethanol
July 10, 2018 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could be good news for the ethanol industry and clean energy programs where adherence to the law is often challenged.
Trump said Kavanaugh, …

Big Oil, Utilities Are Lining up for an Electric Vehicle War
July 5, 2018 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Gilblom and Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg)  BP and Shell have bought electric-car charging companies; Power utilities are boosting sales to homes, chargers on roads  —  A red-hot electric vehicle market has triggered a face-off between Big Oil and …

Ethanol, Not Oil, Should Be Focus of EPA
June 26, 2018 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Dale Christensen (Argus Leader)  The new EPA Director, E. Scott Pruitt is reworking the EPA. It appears their new mission is to rewrite all the rules to benefit the Oil Industry! The old rule of order …

Oxy Considering Carbon Capture Project
June 20, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  The Houston oil company Occidental Petroleum is studying a carbon capture project to deliver carbon dioxide to its oil fields in West Texas, the company announced Tuesday.
Engineers are expected to spend …

Pruitt Heads out on Ethanol Visit
June 12, 2018 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

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 …

Project COCONUT Launched in Quezon
June 7, 2018 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Danny Estacio (Manila Bulletin)  Coconut farmers in Quezon have a brighter future to look forward to following the recent launch of COllaboration for COconut Productivity and NUrturing Farmers’ Trade or Project COCONUT of Pilipinas Shell …

RFS Changes on Hold
June 6, 2018 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  ASSUME DEAL DEAD: Sen. Joni Ernst’s decision to lay into embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over his alleged about-face on ethanol appears to have paid off. Ernst spoke to President Donald Trump …

Total Keeps Biorefinery Launch on Track Despite Farmer Blockade Threat
June 5, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Bate Felix (Reuters)  French oil major Total is continuing talks with farmers opposed to its planned La Mede biodiesel refinery and plans to use 50,000 tonnes of French rapeseed to supply the facility, Chief Executive …

On The Front Lines: The Old Battle between Ethanol and Oil Takes Center Stage with the RFS.
June 4, 2018 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

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 …

Exclusive: U.S. EPA Grants Refiners Biofuel Credits to Remedy Obama-Era Waiver Denials
May 31, 2018 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of biofuel blending credits for this year to refiners HollyFrontier and Sinclair Oil after they argued …

Back to the Future All Over Again: ExxonMobil Targets Algae Fuels at Scale by 2025, as Oil Prices Rise
May 25, 2018 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  So, ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have announced a new phase in their joint algae biofuel research program that could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel …

Here Is the SHOCKING BUT TRUE Story of Big Oil’s Hypocrisy About Ethanol
May 24, 2018 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (Auto Channel/Daily Caller)  The website “FillUpOnFacts.com” is sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API). It exists to bash ethanol and its hypocrisy begins with the website’s name. The website is filled-up with …

Fuel-Efficient Cars Will Be Worse for Oil Than Electric Vehicles: BNEF
May 23, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Heesu Lee (Bloomberg)   Fuel efficient engines to cut oil demand by 7.5m b/d by 2040; Demand from cars to peak in 2022 before falling to 15.9m b/d  —  Oil demand is set to face an even bigger …

Will Battle Between ‘Big Corn’ And ‘Big Oil’ Stall Next Generation Biofuels?
May 18, 2018 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Aaron Smith and Vincent Smith (Investor’s Business Daily)  … The most immediate impact of the RFS wars is to focus attention on corn ethanol and petroleum gasoline at the detriment of second-generation biofuels. These fuels — …

Parties to White House Biofuel Deal Disagree What’s Agreed
May 9, 2018 – 8:44 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Tentative agreement struck during a White House negotiation; Refiners could benefit with biofuel exports allowed for quotas  —  A tentative deal on U.S. biofuel policy struck at the White House would allow year-round …

Debate over the RFS Is Playing out on the Political Stage: The Public Discussion Rarely Considers American Consumers.
May 7, 2018 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biofuels Digest)  The biofuels industry found itself in an unusual position for much of the past 12 months. Typically confined to debates in the trade press, biofuels-related headlines are now splashed across …

UPDATE 1-Biofuel Group Asks U.S. Court to Review EPA’s Refinery Waivers
May 2, 2018 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   A biofuels trade group asked a federal court on Tuesday to rule whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the law in granting a growing number of small refineries exemptions from renewable …

Utilities, Oil Interests Clash over EV Policy at Conservative Policy Summit
May 1, 2018 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Bade (Utility Dive)  Utility companies clashed with oil industry interests over electric vehicle and fuel subsidies at a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative political group, last Friday.
Oil-backed groups led …

Marathon Petroleum to Acquire Andeavor for $23B
May 1, 2018 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The deal creates the largest US oil refiner (and a top-five refiner globally) at 3.1 million barrels per day of capacity — Valero is around the same size, but that …

Washington Insider: Biofuels Mandates Under Pressure
April 26, 2018 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Oil state partisans, including certain refiners, have raged about a credit-trading market within the program that they say causes undue economic pain. The biofuels industry counters that those compliance credits, known as …

The New War Over Ethanol, And How It Might Affect You
April 23, 2018 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by F. Todd Davidson (Forbes)  A seemingly small action from the Environmental Protection Agency could spark a new war between Big Oil and Big Ag that could have far-reaching effects on the U.S. agricultural, energy, and transportation …

Where Do Biofuels Stand? You Can’t Always Get What You Want
April 23, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Despite efforts by President Donald Trump to settle a long-running dispute between ethanol backers and the refining industry, progress on a biofuels deal has stalled. Instead, the administration has taken …

Farm State Senators Tell EPA to Stop Giving Big Oil Refiners a Pass on Biofuels Rules
April 20, 2018 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC) Bipartisan senators on Tuesday asked the EPA to stop issuing waivers that allow oil refiners to avoid obligations to blend biofuels into gasoline. –EPA has reportedly issued 25 of the “hardship” …

Shell Releases Energy Transition Report: Commits to 50% Lower Emissions by 2050, Biofuels to Top Oil by 2100 in “Sky” Scenario
April 18, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands and England, Shell released its most definitive statement yet on its low-carbon future and committed to 50% lower emissions by 2050 and net zero by 2070 in its …

Exclusive: Chevron, Exxon Seek ‘Small Refinery’ Waivers from U.S. Biofuels Law
April 13, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Global energy giants Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil have asked U.S. regulators for exemptions to the nation’s biofuels policy that have historically been reserved for small companies in financial …

In Boost for Farmers, Trump Says He May Allow E15 Gasoline Sales All Year
April 13, 2018 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jeff Mason (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration may allow the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol year-round, which could help farmers by firing up corn demand but faces opposition …

Trump to Put Biofuel Reform Push on Ice, for Now: Sources
April 11, 2018 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The Trump administration will delay any moves to reform the nation’s biofuel policy for about three months, according to three sources briefed on the matter – a decision one of the sources …

Shell — Yes, That Shell — Just Outlined a Radical Scenario for What It Would Take to Halt Climate Change
March 30, 2018 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Chris Mooney and Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  Royal Dutch Shell on Monday outlined a scenario in which, by 2070, we would be using far less of the company’s own product — oil — as cars …

Big Oil Faces Big Test in Climate-Change Court Showdown with SF, Oakland
March 20, 2018 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Kurtis Alexander (San Francisco Chronicle)  A San Francisco judge who must decide whether to hold the world’s largest oil companies responsible for global warming is ordering up what many are calling the most comprehensive, and …

The U.S. Is about to Be the World’s Top Crude Oil Producer. Guess Who Didn’t See It Coming.
March 18, 2018 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (Washington Post)  …  Domestic crude production was not inherently “limited,” as O’Connell told Congress in 2011, it just needed a better mouse trap. Fracking was it. Entrepreneurs broke the oil-import addiction, even though the …

‘Keep It In The Ground’ Activists Optimistic Despite Oil Boom
March 16, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jeff Brady (National Public Radio)  The United States oil business is booming and the country could soon be the largest crude oil producer in the world. Despite this record-breaking production, climate change activists campaigning to …

Refiners Try to Hold Trump’s Attention
March 14, 2018 – 11:20 am | No Comment

 (Politico’s Morning Energy)  With a settlement between refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions and EPA in hand and voting in the Pennsylvania special election over, some biofuels observers think the issue may fall off Trump’s radar. A biofuels …

White House Postpones Talks on US Biofuel Mandate: Refinery Source
March 13, 2018 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon bankr(Platts)  The White House has postponed a fourth round of talks between refinery and biofuel interests about reforming the US biofuel mandate, according to a refinery source close to the negotiations.
The meeting set …

RIN Price Cap a Demand Cap: Oil Industry Study Makes Ethanol Industry’s Case on Motive, Impact
March 12, 2018 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)   A study commissioned by the country’s largest oil refiner explains how a waiver credit would freeze ethanol demand.
Ethanol industry groups are pointing to several statements in the oil industry’s …

Big This Week: Oil Execs to Huddle with Trump
March 12, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Axios) Lots to discuss: Top oil-and-gas industry executives will meet Thursday with President Trump at the White House, according to sources familiar with the plan.

Why it matters: The meeting arrives amid a rough patch in …

Statoil, Total, Shell Prove Precocious in Weaning from Oil
March 12, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Cassandra Sweet (GreenBiz)  When it comes to addressing climate change, oil companies are all over the map. Meeting this week in Houston at CERAWeek, the world’s biggest oil and gas conference, the world’s biggest oil companies talked …

UPDATE 1-U.S. Refinery Workers Head to Washington to Urge Biofuels Reform
March 7, 2018 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A delegation of workers from U.S. oil refining companies that oppose the nation’s biofuels policy will converge on Washington on Wednesday to lobby lawmakers to find a way to lessen the regulation’s …

Exxon Thinks It Can Create Biofuel From Algae At Massive Scale
March 7, 2018 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  The oil and gas giant says it could be making 10,000 barrels a day within a few years–a small drop in the amount of oil it produces, but a huge boost …

First U.S. City to Ban Fossil Fuel Expansion Offers Roadmap for Others
February 28, 2018 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Kevon Paynter (Yes! Magazine)  Portland, Ore., climate activists celebrate a win against Big Oil as city- and state-level initiatives gain momentum across the country.  —  … A key piece of Shell’s arctic drilling fleet, the vessel …

Carbon Capture Coalition Expands & Rebrands
February 27, 2018 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Axios) … The effort, called the Carbon Capture Coalition, is a rebranded and broadened version of an earlier group, called the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative, which had a narrower focus. That coalition …

White House Pushes for More Talks after ‘No Deal’ on Biofuels
February 27, 2018 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for more talks between representatives of the oil and corn industries after a meeting on Tuesday failed to yield an agreement on how to help …

Can Updated Tax Credits Bring Carbon Capture Into the Mainstream?
February 26, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Emma Foehringer Merchant  (GreenTechMedia)  Expanded credits in the budget bill could “absolutely make the difference” for the economic viability of carbon capture and sequestration.  —  Among the energy credits tucked inside the budget deal eked out in early February lies a …

The Wisdom of Thumper
February 19, 2018 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol) ACE’s Ron Lamberty reviews a letter the Petroleum Marketers of America recently sent to the Federal Trade Commission.

It’s reasonable to want to tear the letter apart and …

API Urges EPA Not to Exempt Small Refiners from US Biofuel Mandate
February 15, 2018 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts) The American Petroleum Institute has come out against a campaign by small refineries to avoid their obligations under the US biofuel mandate, according to a letter released Tuesday. 
More than two dozen refineries …

Exclusive: U.S. Small Refiners Make Surge of Biofuel Waiver Requests – Sources
January 25, 2018 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  More than two dozen small U.S. refineries are seeking waivers from the nation’s biofuels law, an unusually high number that reflects growing oil industry resistance to the program, according to sources familiar …

Big Oil, Biodiesel Join Forces to Combat Electrification
January 24, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Even though the petroleum and biodiesel industries rarely see eye to eye on U.S. energy policy, the two factions find common ground in a new threat to all liquid fuels—electric vehicles. …

Bill de Blasio: This Is Why New York Is Suing and Divesting from Big Oil
January 14, 2018 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Bill de Blasio (New York City Mayor/Washington Post)  … America’s largest city, 8.5 million strong, is taking decisive action on two separate fronts. We are demanding compensation from those who profit from climate change. And …

Rick Santorum: Refiners Attack President Trump at Their Peril
January 3, 2018 – 8:39 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Washington Examiner/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … But some petroleum companies seem to be taking their influence for granted, and that could prove their undoing with a White House that is known …

A New Years Resolution for EPA: Do Your Job!
January 3, 2018 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Biofuels Digest)  …  I am referring to the mandatory requirements in the Clean Air Act that EPA enforce section 202 (l), the “clean octane” provision designed to reduce the use of …

White House Pressures Big Corn to Meet on U.S. Biofuels Policy
December 11, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Richard Valdmanis and Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  President Donald Trump’s administration called two lawmakers from the U.S. corn belt to convince them to join talks about potential changes to biofuels policy to ease the burden on oil refineries, …

Letter to the Editor: Ethanol Important to Consumers
December 5, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Tulsa World)  The staggering number of misstatements about ethanol contained in Tulsa World Editorial Pages Editor Wayne Greene’s column would fill a barrel (“Refiners over a barrel … and the …

RFA Slams Texas Governor for Requesting RFS Waiver
December 5, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for …

OPEC’s Next Move Is Being Closely Watched by Sugar Traders
November 30, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Agnieszka De Sousa (Bloomberg)  Any oil price move could have knock-on effect in sugar market; That’s because biofuel made from cane competes with gasoline  —  As energy minsters meet in Vienna this week to discuss oil-supply cuts, the sugar …

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes
November 14, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard …

The Public Pulse: Investing in Biofuels Pays off
November 7, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Brendan Sullivan, Kyle J. Nixon (World-Herald)  Novozymes was honored to have Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts join us earlier this year to announce a $36 million expansion in Blair, Nebraska, where we’re pioneering technologies that will …

Exxon Is Spending $1 Billion a Year to Research Green Energy
November 3, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg)  Oil major unlikely to commercialize projects in next decade; Company is focusing on basic research in laboratories  —  One of the world’s biggest oil companies is pumping more than $1 billion a year into …

Trump Is Fulfilling His Promises on Ethanol
October 30, 2017 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Wall Street Journal)  President Trump is faithfully sticking to his campaign promise to “do all that is in my power as president” to achieve the goals of the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

The Energy 202: Trump Administration Stuck between Two GOP Sides on Ethanol
October 27, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency, in its ambitious effort to roll back the previous administration’s energy and environmental policies, has had a significant stumble with Republicans lawmakers. On both sides of the ethanol …

Big Oil Is Investing Billions to Gain a Foothold in Clean Energy
October 26, 2017 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg)  Oil majors have spent $6.2 billion to acquire stakes in firms; Interest shifted away from biofuels and toward digital energy  —  The world’s biggest oil companies are closing more clean energy deals as pressure to diversify …

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Blocks Key EPA Nominees, Cites Ethanol Stance and Ties to Koch Industries
October 19, 2017 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Ben Wolfgang (The Washington Times)  Citing one nominee’s stance on the federal ethanol mandate and another’s supposed ties to Koch Industries, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat, on Wednesday placed holds on two key nominations for top-level jobs …

Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs
October 18, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by  Niamh Boyle  (Prima Markets/Biodiesel Magazine)   Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels, including U.S. policy drivers and waste feedstock consumption, along with a detailed overview of the …

A Vote for Bill Wehrum Is a Vote against the RFS
October 18, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  There is a reason that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), our nation’s policy governing the production and sale of biofuels, has broad bipartisan support in Congress. This policy is …

Grassley Says Midwestern Senators Who Are Upset over EPA’s New Renewable-Fuel Proposals Could Hold up Agency’s Nominees
October 18, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Morton (Omaha World-Herald) The head of the Environmental Protection Agency sought Tuesday to calm Midwestern senators who could block his nominees if the agency sets renewable fuel mandates too low.

All four GOP senators from …

Farmers Push for Support of Renewable Fuels
October 18, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Public News Service)  Farmers in North Dakota and across the country are pushing policymakers in Washington to support renewable fuels.
The National Farmers Union, in conjunction with the North Dakota Farmers Union and counterparts in other states, …

Randy Krehbiel: Did Scott Pruitt Just Declare War on Renewables?
October 12, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Randy Krehbiel (Tulsa World)  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may have declared an end to the “war on coal” earlier this week, but what some consider Pruitt’s own war on alternative energy seems to …

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019; Availability of Supplemental Information and Request for Further Comment (Deadline October 19, 2017)
October 4, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  This document provides additional data and an opportunity to comment on that data and potential options for reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes, and/or …

Refiners Make America-First Pitch to Cut Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  US independent refiners seized on protectionist themes and two key biofuel industry victories this year to argue regulators must reduce federally mandated blending of renewable fuels.
Refiners framed a US-first pitch to slash more than …

Judge Rules EPA to Release More Documents on Ethanol Test Fuels
October 3, 2017 – 9:53 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A judge rules that the Urban Air Initiative should have access to more EPA documents discussing test fuels. The D.C Federal Judge made the ruling in regards to a Freedom of Information Request …

Grassley Floor Speech Criticizes EPA Proposal to Reduce RFS RVOs
October 3, 2017 – 9:48 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 26, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the U.S. Senate expressing his disappointment in recent action taken by the U.S. EPA that could reduce 2018 …

Oakland and San Francisco Lawsuits to Hold Fossil Fuel Companies Accountable for Their Contributions to Sea Level Rise a ‘Bold and Necessary Step to Protect Their Communities,’ Says Science Group
September 21, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Ken Kimmell (Union of Concerned Scientists)  Oakland and San Francisco today (September 20, 2017) announced lawsuits against fossil fuel companies seeking compensation for current and future costs of adapting to climate-related sea level rise. …

New Biofuel Exemption Prospects Spur Oil Giant Concern
August 29, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs  (Bloomberg BNA)  An era of relaxed biofuel blending requirements may be dawning for small oil refineries nationwide following a watershed court decision and new congressional direction for regulators.
That prospect is cheered on …

Message and Messenger
August 29, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … That’s what ACE’s Power by People campaign is about: Putting a human face on ethanol; making connections with people on their terms; appealing to people’s hearts …

The Next Oil Price Spike May Cripple The Industry
August 24, 2017 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Andreas de Vries & Salman Ghouri (OilPrice.com)  Two diametrically opposed views dominate the current debate about where the oil price is heading. On the one hand, there is the view that the price of …

Peer-Reviewed Study Finds Exxon Misled on Climate
August 23, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Harvard researchers are out this morning with a peer-reviewed analysis concluding Exxon Mobil misled the public over the course of 40 years of climate change communications. After poring over …

Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the River
August 22, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  We were disappointed, but not surprised, to see Mike McAdams and his members come out in support of changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in Biofuels Digest (July 26 – The …

Big Oil Follows Silicon Valley Into Backing Green Energy Firms
August 17, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg)  Oil majors quietly investing into new technology start-ups; ‘Disruptive power’ from small companies prompts Shell to move  —  Major oil companies are joining Silicon Valley in backing energy-technology start-ups, a signal that …

Make-Ready: Decision Time at the Bioeconomy’s Gettysburg
August 2, 2017 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts are the headliners in a battle in and about Washington DC this week. You can call it what you want: it’s …

Divestment Is Shifting the Geopolitics of Fossil Fuels
July 24, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Penney Kome (rabble.ca)  …   Almost everyone is targeting fossil fuel consumption and, by extension, Big Oil. Most of us see the oil business as gas stations, or as mammoth corporations, or as roughnecks wrestling with …

“Dirty, Difficult, And Dangerous”: Why Millennials Won’t Work In Oil
July 21, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Tsvetana Paraskova  (Oilprice.com)   Like many industries today, the oil industry is trying to sell its many job opportunities to the fastest growing portion of the global workforce: Millennials. But unlike any other industry, oil and …

AFPM Encouraged by EPA Proposed Changes to Biofuel Mandates
July 5, 2017 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers/PR Newswire) Following the release of the 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson released the following statement:

“We are pleased the Environmental Protection …

Shell Goes Carbon Negative, Signs Commercial-Scale Deal with SBI
July 4, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Petroleum fuels emit 94 grams of CO2 per megajoule of energy. Shell’s latest deal with SBI Bioenergy gives it access to a fuel that emits Minus 14.
That means the atmosphere gets less carbon, …

Despite Progress, Algae Diesel Stills Years To Go In Development
July 4, 2017 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Tim Pearce (Daily Caller)  ExxonMobil reported in June that scientists had developed a way to double the size of natural algae that could be used as biofuel to take the place of diesel, according …

Oil Majors Risk Wasting $2.3 Trillion If Peak Demand Looms
June 26, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Rakteem Katakey  (Bloomberg)  Exxon most exposed oil company, Carbon Tracker report shows
Shell, Chevron, Total, Eni risk wasting up to 40% of spending  —  Oil companies risk wasting $2.3 trillion of investments should demand peak …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 22, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest), explaining how international efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of aviation that focus on cheap offsets accomplish exactly the opposite:  “We do need change. Right now, we’re leasing public land at …

Explosive New ICCT Report Says “Offsets” Will Dominate “Alternative Fuels” in Aviation
June 22, 2017 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “Bulk of aviation emissions reductions will be achieved through carbon offsets,” not fuels, writes ICCT

Slow scale-up foreseen for biofuels
Challenges in feedstock costs
Carbon pricing too little, too late
The fatal distortion lies in …

Big Oil Joins Carbon Tax Push
June 20, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  BP, Exxon Mobil, Shell and Total are just a few of the large corporations joining the Climate Leadership Council, a goup dedicated to promoting a carbon tax as a …

African Oil Trader Taleveras Takes First Step into Biofuels
June 14, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg)  Taleveras signs joint venture with Global Green Development; First phase of biofuels project seen costing $400-$600 million  —  Taleveras Group, the African oil trading company, is making its first moves into renewable …

Virent Moves Biofuels Closer to Market as New CEO Takes Over
June 5, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Judy Newman (Wisconsin State Journal)  If Madison-based Virent‘s biofuels are going to fill the tanks of cars and airplanes, it will be up to Stacey Orlandi to drive the company there.
Orlandi, 45, took over …

Rising Conservative Voices Call for Climate Change Action
May 15, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Saskia de Melker and Laura Fong (PBS News Hour)  STEPHANIE SY: In the rising Eco-Right movement, you could say these are the Eco-Righteous.
EVANGELICAL MARCHERS: Hey, hey! ho, ho! Fossil fuels have got to go!
STEPHANIE SY: …

Big Oil Betting On Electric Vehicles
May 2, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Jon LeSage (OilPrice.com)  Speaking this week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York, Total SA’s chief energy economist, Joel Couse, forecasted that EVs will make up 15 to 30 percent of …

Vulnerable Nations Call on G20 to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2020
May 1, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Climate Change News)  Ministers from countries on the front line of climate change have urged rich nations to stop pouring money into the coal, oil and gas industries.  The world’s 49 most climate vulnerable countries …

Letter: Ethanol Is the Best Renewable Energy Source
April 28, 2017 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by  Vernon F. Johnson (Daily Chronicle)  To answer Pat Vary and the Daily Chronicle Editorial Board (“Don’t close door on wind power, page 12, April 14): We don’t need wind turbines as we have a …

Big Oil Could Be Ready for a Big Comeback
March 31, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Paul R. La Monica (CNN Money)  Oil prices are down so far this year — and so are energy stocks. But some experts think that won’t last for long. President Trump is clearly a fan of …

Trump Adviser Peter Thiel Questions ‘Group Think’ of Restricting Carbon Emissions
March 8, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Fuel Fix)  Peter Thiel, the technology investor and adviser to President Donald Trump, questioned the global push towards restricting carbon emissions as “group think” while speaking Tuesday at the energy conference CERAWeek …

Watchdog to Ask U.S. Lawmakers to Probe Icahn’s Role with Trump
March 8, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by  Chris Prentice (Reuters/Yahoo!)  A government watchdog group, Public Citizen, said on Wednesday it will ask lawmakers to investigate whether billionaire investor Carl Icahn should have been subject to lobbying disclosure laws when he advised …

Oil Instability Giving New Life to Biofuels?
March 7, 2017 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  Robert McNally, the author of the new, critically-acclaimed book, “Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices”, believes that global oil markets are entering an epic, structural …

Ethanol Battle Escalates Amid Rumors of RFA-Icahn Deal
February 28, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  (R)umors of a deal surfaced between the Renewable Fuels Association and Carl Icahn, shifting renewable fuel obligations away from oil refiners, in return for Icahn’s support for a Reid Vapor Pressure …

Interview: AFPM President Calls for Biofuels Regulation Reform, End of RFS
February 27, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  The US ethanol market is ready to stand without support from government regulations and the Renewable Fuel Standard should be repealed, Chet Thompson, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemicals Manufacturers organization, …

Exxon’s New Chief Endorses Carbon Tax to Combat Climate Change
February 24, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Joe Carroll (Bloomberg)  Darren Woods makes first blog post since succeeding Tillerson; Comment mirror’s former CEO’s long-standing position on levy  —  In his first blog post since succeeding Rex Tillerson, the new head of Exxon …

Big Corn Courts Old Foe Big Oil to Combat Electric Car Threat
February 22, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A U.S. biofuels lobbying group on Tuesday said it is seeking to work with longtime rival the oil industry to fight the threat to both from subsidies for electric vehicles.
The two …

Thousands of Spills at US Oil and Gas Fracking Sites
February 22, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

By Matt McGrath (BBC)  Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists. They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked …

API’s Super Bowl Push
February 6, 2017 – 3:46 pm | One Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) During the Super Bowl, the American Petroleum Institute launched its new advertising push, Power Past Impossible, highlighting what it says are the unexpected benefits of oil and natural gas. Here’s …

The Oil War Is Only Just Getting Started
February 3, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Tsvetana Paraskova (OilPrice.com) … Although this view that low-cost producers would try to seize more market share comes from an oil major with significant interests in Russia and Iraq, for example, BP may not be …

Urban Air Initiative Calls on EPA to Withdraw Erroneous Vehicle Emissions Model
February 2, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Stakeholders including the states of Kansas and Nebraska joined the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and the Energy Future Coalition as they petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to correct the agency’s flawed …

Trump Era Biodiesel? What’s Going to Happen?
January 23, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Triangle Biofuels Industries, Inc.) For most, it’s hard to guess what is going to happen for biodiesel under the Trump administration.   On the one hand, President Trump appears to be in favor of conventional petroleum …

EPA Denies Petition to Waive Advanced Biofuels Requirements
January 19, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. environmental regulators have denied a request from oil refiners to waive some of their advanced biofuels use requirements from 2016, in what is likely to be one of the Obama …

API Wants to ‘Change the Conversation’ under Trump, Pruitt
January 5, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse)  American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard sees 2017 as a big moment in the life of the energy industry, and he hopes he has allies in the incoming administration.
Speaking at API’s …

Innovative R&D Model: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Total’s Bio-Based Products
January 5, 2017 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We reported in April that Total is betting on the future of renewables by developing a Gas, Renewables & Power segment as part of its current restructuring process that will be implemented by …

World Petroleum Council Guide to Biofuels
December 20, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(World Petroleum Council)  ‘Biofuels’ will be the 6th in the series of the WPC’s educational guides and will focus on the use of biofuels and their role in our current and future global energy supply.
It …

Birth of Mideast Renewables?
December 13, 2016 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Squeezed budgets from low oil prices since mid-2014, combined with rising energy demand, will boost demand for renewable energy and efficiency technologies across the Middle East, according to a …

‘The Daily Show’ Attempts To Find The ‘Badassery’ In The Navy’s Embrace Of Biofuel
December 8, 2016 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Dan Macrae (UPROXX) …  The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj discovered, the U.S. Navy is currently embracing a new green era. … On tonight’s edition of the Comedy Central news program, Minhaj investigated the navy’s shift …

Renewable Fuels: Good Policy and Good Politics For Democrats
December 7, 2016 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jon Soltz (VoteVets.org)  … (A)s a veteran who has worked to elect progressive leaders from across the country, let me offer one step that Democrats could take immediately to demonstrate their commitment to economic …

Shell Studies Green Energy Deals to Prepare for Future after Oil
November 30, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso (Reuters/Yahoo! Finance)  Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second-biggest publicly listed oil company, is studying acquisitions in the green energy sector, its CEO told Reuters, as it bows to shareholder …

Emails Show Collusion against Ethanol
November 18, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … This one’s about the U.S. EPA and a Freedom of Information Act request that uncovered emails providing evidence of collusion between EPA and the oil industry to …

Trump Can Make the U.S. Energy-Independent—If He Goes Green
November 17, 2016 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Geoffrey Smith (Fortune)  The U.S. can realize President-elect Donald Trump’s dream of independence from foreign oil “foes” and “cartels”–but he likely won’t live to see it unless he embraces the kinds of policies he’s …

Loran Schmit: Ethanol Has Been Good for Nebraska
November 9, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Loran Schmit (Omaha World-Herald)  In 1971, Nebraska state senators championed legislation to establish the nation’s first state ethanol development program. As a farmer and state senator at the time, it was clear to me that …

Time to Rein in the EPA
November 6, 2016 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by  Dale Christensen (Glacial Lakes Corn Processors/The Hill)  … EPA has either through ignorance at best or malice at worst failed to make our continued transition to cleaner, renewable fuels an easier path.   Recall the nearly …

Big Oil Pledges $1 Billion for Gas Technologies to Fight Climate Change
November 5, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso (Reuters/Yahoo! News)  Some of the world’s biggest oil companies, including Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell , pledged on Friday to invest $1 billion to develop climate-friendly technologies as a …

Exclusive: Oil Majors Join Forces in Climate Push with Renewable Energy Fund
November 2, 2016 – 9:46 pm | No Comment

by Ron Bousso (Reuters)  Top oil companies including Saudi Aramco and Shell are joining forces to create an investment fund to develop technologies to promote renewable energy, as they seek an active role in the …

UAI: EPA Emails Show Oil Industry Helped Design Test Fuels
October 20, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Urban Air Initiative has discovered that the U.S. EPA relied heavily on the oil industry to help design test fuels used for the EPAct Study. This is a critical …

Once More into the Blendwall Breach
October 19, 2016 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The American Petroleum Institute is hoping that when the EPA sets final biofuel volumes later this year, it will reduce the percentage of ethanol required for blending with gasoline to something …

Jolt of Electricity for RFS
October 10, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   The Obama administration’s latest effort to stimulate sales of electric vehicles could deliver a political boost to supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard, aligning automakers with biofuel backers against the …

Ecofiscal Commission’s Biofuel Report Is Deeply Flawed, a Step Backward for Climate Action
October 5, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/Newswire)  A controversial report was released today (October 4, 2016) by Canada’s Ecofiscal commission that misses the mark on practical guidance for reducing climate change emissions in transportation. If the recommendations in Course …

Isobutanol: A New Product from Revamped Ethanol Plants
September 29, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jess Hewitt and Kapil S Lokare (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   … Now, there is also competition for production between renewable fuels. Ethanol plants can produce fuel ethanol but they can also be retrofitted or …

Like Consumer Choice at the Pump? Don’t Back Blend Wall Bill
September 21, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz  (Renewable Fuels Association) If legislation was introduced that would prevent the latest iPhone from being sold and instead require users to return to the days of big brick phones and other technology relics, …

Driven by Propel Fuels, California Now Leads the Nation in Low Carbon Fuels
September 15, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Propel/MarketWired)  Young and Diverse Californians at the Center of Surge in Low Carbon Fuel Volumes in Major Oil Industry Transition  —  California’s Big Oil disrupting climate-change policies have been extended to 2030, and the state …

Oil Glut Forecasted into 2017 as Demand in Asia Is ‘Wobbly’
September 14, 2016 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The much-anticipated rebalancing of oil markets appears to be a bit further away after the International Energy Agency revised its forecast, trimming its expectations for the growth in oil …

It’s Time To Rethink The Value Of PhD: Distrusting the “Other” Doctors Advice on Engine Fuels
September 12, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch  (The Auto Channel)  … Tobacco advertising that promoted doctor-endorsements appeared in all consumer media as well as leading medical publications like “The New England Journal of Medicine” and “The Journal of the American …

The EU Aims for Bioeconomy Perfect, by Tossing out the Good
September 12, 2016 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he EU has put itself on a fast-track to limit, if not abandon, first-generation biofuels and focus almost exclusively for its carbon future on advanced biofuels.

Europe has a lot …

Boom in Oil Production Causes Bust in Prairie Sod
August 25, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Mr. (Mark) Perry suggests (without any scientific support or a single citation) that ethanol expansion has somehow led to “destruction” of prairie in the Great Plains, but says not …

Big Oil’s Glass House
August 25, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/U.S. News and World Report)  … Indeed, it’s fairly obvious that (Mark) Perry’s yarn is simply intended to shift attention away from the real culprit behind destruction of prairie in the Great …

Renewable Fuels Deserve a Place at the Pump
August 23, 2016 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (The American Spectator)  The case for alternative energy done right.  —  … No other policy has so effectively undermined the international oil cartel that seeks to profit from our dependence on oil.
Today, ethanol …

The RINferno, as It Burns up America’s Venture into Advanced Biofuels
August 19, 2016 – 7:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s a separate category of RINs for advanced biofuels. These are fuels that have at least a 50% reduction in fossil fuels compared to 2005 baseline gasoline. Overall, to qualify …

RINferno
August 17, 2016 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Let me see if we got this right. Donald Trump loves the Renewable Fuel Standard  —   Carl Icahn loves Donald Trump   —   Therefore, Carl Icahn hates the Renewable Fuel Standard
With that, …

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t
August 12, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by fossil fuels remains the reality.  —  … First, environmentalists complained we were paying farmers too much …

In Pitting Biofuels against the Environment, Only Clear Winner Is Oil
August 11, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (The Hill/Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The total amount of U.S. land under production by American farmers is down– not just over the last 50 or 100 years, but also over the last decade according …

Oil Group to Advertise for Reforms to EPA’s Biofuel Mandate
August 10, 2016 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Feldscher (The Washington Examiner)  The oil industry is planning to make a major advertising push in a wide swath of states against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard in the coming weeks.  Frank …

Blend Wall Crumbles in Retailers’ Eyes
August 5, 2016 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There is no such thing as a 10 percent blend wall unless petroleum marketers don’t allow a choice. Independent retailers are demonstrating the blend wall can be breached. — …

CEI Releases Another Anti-#RFS Report
August 3, 2016 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  A new report released this week by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is arguing that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be repealed for its “numerous economic, ethical and real-world problems”. …

Our View: Ethanol: Politics May Change, but Realities Don’t
August 3, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Mankato Free Press)  Why It Matters: Ethanol as a clean energy has come under criticism but the pollution caused by fossil fuels remains the reality.  —  The politics of green energy have evolved over the …

Valero Says RFS Compliance Costs Are Soaring; Renewable Industry Snaps Back “Poor Capacity Planning”
August 1, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Reuters is reporting that “Valero Energy expects to get hit with a half-billion-dollar bill in the second half of the year” and the news agency attributed the costs …

Bloomberg Gets Duped by Anti-RFS Crowd
August 1, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Here we go again. We didn’t think it could get much worse than the Associated Press hit piece on ethanol in late 2013. But an ethanol hatchet job by …

Oil Majors Lost One Engine; Now the Second One Is Sputtering
July 27, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Javier Blas (Bloomberg)  BP says second-quarter refining margins drop to 6-year low; Downstream business was key last year in cushioning cheap oil  —  If Big Oil was a two-engine airplane, you could say it’s been flying …

New Documents Reveal Denial Playbook Originated with Big Oil, Not Big Tobacco
July 20, 2016 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Center for International Environmental Law)  Industry documents show common playbook is decades older than previously recognized  —  New research by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) not only confirms that the tobacco and fossil …

“Tough Couple of Years, but Survivors Scaling”: DOE’s Bioenergy 2016 Looks Optimistically at Biofuels Future
July 18, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Ed Dodge (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a commercialization panel said that “the biofuels industry has been through a tough couple of years, but the survivors are scaling up and bringing product to market. The …

OPEC Is Winning the Market Share War
July 18, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Summer Said (The Wall Street Journal)  Middle Eastern oil production rose to a record-high of 31.5 million barrels a day in June  —  The Middle East is back as the world’s dominant oil-producing region, …

40-Plus Groups Call on Congress to End Tax Breaks for Big Oil
July 17, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  More than 40 national organizations have called on Congress to end more than a century of tax breaks for the oil industry. In a letter to U.S. legislators, a diverse …

Can Saudi Arabia Pivot Away from Oil? A Powerful Prince Brings His Pitch to America.
June 14, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Brian Murphy (The Washington Post)  …  When Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, begins meetings this week in Washington and New York, he will be pitching an audacious idea: How the kingdom …