Category Archives: Biofuels & Climate Change

National Academies Rehashes Controversies Over RFS

PNNL Research Scientist Heather Brown

The National Academies this week released a Congressionally mandated study estimating the potential economic and environmental effects of producing the 36 billion gallons of biofuels required under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The conclusions of the report are 1) that cellulosic biofuels are highly unlikely to meet their mandate of 16 billion gallons by 2022 and 2) biofuels overall are unlikely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as required. Because the report stopped short Read More >

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PEW Study: Advanced Biofuels Can Help Military Respond to Energy Challenges

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PEW Charitable Trusts this week launched a new study, From Barracks to the Battlefield: Clean Energy Innovation and America’s Armed Forces, that details how energy innovation and clean energy can help U.S. Armed Forces respond to energy challenges and in turn how DoD’s commitment to energy transformation can contribute to development of new energy technologies that will benefit American consumers and commercial interests alike. The major energy challenges the DOD faces include risks associated with Read More >

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Poultry, Beef Producers Tell Their Story to House Ag Committee

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On Sept. 14, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry held a public hearing to examine the issue of feed availability and its effect on the livestock, dairy, and poultry industries. Members of the subcommittee heard testimony from animal producers and their industry associations, who as a group called for an end to the Renewable Fuel Standard and other biofuel support policies or at minimum a suspension of the RFS if corn supplies Read More >

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Blue Angels Fly on Advanced Biofuel Blend

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The Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron flew on a 50-50 blend of aviation biofuels during the Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s 2011 Air Expo over the Labor Day Weekend. Some inside the Washington Beltway may have thought they were seeing unicorns, but the Blue Angels’ air show and practice runs marked a high profile step in the military’s march toward use of renewable energy. In earlier remarks, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus noted Read More >

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Renewable Fuel Standard: BIO Testifies to EPA

Chemical plant at night, Lothian, UK

The Wall Street Journal printed a few weeks ago a severely misinformed opinion piece about the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Journal echoed remarks made by a representative of the National Petroleum Refiners Association at a recent EPA hearing on the proposed RFS rules for 2012, at which BIO also testified. NPRA claims that the RFS’s cellulosic waiver is a penalty that they have to pay for a product that doesn’t exist. However, BIO argued that Read More >

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