Author Archive: Paul Winters

Paul Winters

Paul is a communications director for BIO. An alumnus of UCLA and the University of California Davis, he moved to Washington, DC, in 2000.

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Fast Food vs. Fuel

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The National Council of Chain Restaurants, a member of the Smarter Fuel Future coalition that includes national petroleum refining and meat producer trade groups, recently launched a new front in the effort to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard. The group released a study compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers, an editorial in the Wall Street Journal and followed up with a round of lobbying on Capitol Hill. The claims made in the NCCR-funded report are at best unrealistic. Read More >

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Diverting Attention from Rising Food Costs

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The EPA on Friday Nov. 16 rejected the petitions by governors of several states to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard for the coming year. The petitions were filed in August 2012 while farmers across numerous states suffered the worst drought in recent history. While everyone recognized the severe economic hardships caused by the drought, the agency found that the evidence did not show that the RFS “would likely or even probably cause harm to the Read More >

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Take the Pledge, Support FuelsAmerica

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Fuels America is a new coalition of groups and individuals who have a stake in the success of biofuels. The coalition is founded on a simple core principle: Renewable fuel is good for the U.S. economy, for our nation’s energy security and for the environment.  BIO is a founding member of the coalition and along with others we ask that you join the fight by visiting the website and pledging support for the Renewable Fuel Read More >

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Food Before Fuel Is a Fight Between the States

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Large swaths of the United States have experienced extreme and exceptional drought conditions this year. And the USDA has predicted lower yields and supply for corn through the remainder of the year. This has touched off a revival of the food before fuel debate, with very few speaking up on behalf of the fuel side. Governors from eight states – Delaware, Maryland, Arkansas, North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia – have written EPA Read More >

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Business Confidence with the RFS Under Attack

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This week, Biofuels Digest and BIO launched the quarterly Bioenergy Business Outlook Survey. Results from the first quarter of 2012 showed that industry optimism remained high earlier in the year, even though companies still reported difficulty in raising the capital needed for ongoing research and development and construction of demonstration and commercial biorefineries. Now that the petroleum refiners have launched a multi-million dollar pr campaign against the biofuel industry, it will be interesting to take Read More >

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