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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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USA Today Misses the Point on Biofuel Development

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A recent USA Today article, picked up from content provider Ozy.com, mischaracterizes the message of a research article on land use changes. In their 2012 study on grasslands, South Dakota State University ecologists Christopher Wright and Michael Wimberly try to convey that the opportunity for cellulosic biofuel production to take root in the Great Plains and Western Corn Belt is in danger of being lost. The authors correctly note that public policy and economic incentives Read More >

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Consumer Demand for Bioproducts to Be Explored at the 2014 World Congress in May

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 The World Congress will be held May 12-15, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.   Nationwide, consumers are demanding greener household care products, cheaper and cleaner fuels and a greater selection of biobased personal care items. The Plenary Program and select Track Sessions at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, will showcase how the industrial biotech industry is meeting this growing demand for a more sustainable, environmentally friendlier lifestyle preferred by consumers. “Consumers want Read More >

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All Things Considered – “Synthetic Biology”

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CQ Researcher examines the pros/cons to utilizing synthetic biology CQ Researcher’s April 2014 article, Synthetic Biology: Should Scientists Try to Create New Life Forms, delves into the benefits and hesitations of using synthetic biology to create new or improved medicines, fuels and other innovative products. The pro/con piece within the article showcases a debate between BIO‘s own Dr. Rina Singh, Senior Director, Industrial and Environmental and Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Food Safety, and Policy Read More >

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BIO Announces a Special Preconference Workshop: Outlook on Federal Policy

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BIO President & CEO James Greenwood to moderate panel discussion with biotech companies  Recent passage of the Farm Bill, uncertainty about tax reform and potential changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), are all issues that could impact future growth of the industrial biotechnology sector. These issues and more will be discussed during BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology’s pre-conference Workshop, “U.S. Policy Outlook: From the RFS to Tax Reform to Farm Bill Implementation – Read More >

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