Monthly Archives: May 2014

Renewable Fuels Producers Speak Out to White House on Climate Change

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On Wednesday May 7, Fuels America sent a letter to the President Obama, urging the Administration to rethink its proposal to weaken the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard which is at odds with the White House’s National Climate Assessment. As part of the Fuels America coalition, BIO and a number of its member companies cosigned this letter highlighting the impact of reducing the Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) as proposed in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will have on Read More >

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How Mandatory GMO Labeling Became Law in Vermont

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Today, May 8, 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin officially signed into law GMO labeling bill H. 112. This legislation requires certain products sold in the Vermont to be labeled if they are “partially produced with genetic engineering.” Enacted without any triggers, the law will automatically go into effect July 2016, making Vermont the first state to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). At the signing, a female speaker told the crowd that Read More >

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BIO Strongly Supports R&D Tax Credit Legislation

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The House Ways and Means Committee posted the following message on its home page showing the support of several organizations, including BIO, for the American Research & Competitiveness Act (H.R. 4438): “Today, the National Association of Manufacturers, Chamber of Commerce, R&D Credit Coalition, and Biotechnology Industry Organization – representing thousands of small and large U.S. businesses – issued their support for H.R. 4438, a bipartisan, permanent extension of the research and development (R&D) tax credit. In their call for a permanent R&D Read More >

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Philadelphia Declares Monday, May 12 “Declaration of Energy Independence Day”

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BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will be held May 12-15, 2014 in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has officially declared Monday, May 12, 2014 as “Declaration of Energy Independence” day! According to Greenworks, Philadelphia plans on becoming the greenest city in America by 2015.  With that, the mayor has made this proclamation to show the city’s support for renewable fuels and the need to shift away from  a reliance on petroleum. Read More >

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Big Oil Asks Congress to Do What the Courts Denied

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“This contention is meritless.” Doesn’t “withstand scrutiny.” “Ignores salient facts.” That was the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Monroe Energy and PBF Energy’s challenge to the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard. The companies asked the Court to vacate the entire RFS for 2013, claiming the blendwall makes it impossible for them to comply with the RFS and EPA did not use its waiver authority to reduce biofuel use. “Neither Read More >

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