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Renewable Fuel Standard: BIO Testifies to EPA

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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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Military Reliance on Oil Degrades Our National Security

Elizabeth L. King, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, last week wrote to the Senate Energy and Environment Committee about the importance of Sec. 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This law requires that any alternative fuels purchased by the federal government be better from an environmental perspective than the petroleum-based fuels they’re currently purchasing. King noted: Further, repeal or exemption [of Section 526] could hamper the Department’s efforts to provide Read More >

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Senate Hearing Focuses on Biobased Product Potential for Rural Job Creation

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The Senate Agriculture Committee today held a hearing on “Growing Jobs in Rural America” (watch the webcast). Dr. Marc Verbruggen, President and CEO of NatureWorks LLC based in Wayzata, Minn., and Dr. Oliver P. Peoples, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Metabolix, Inc. based in Cambridge, Mass., both BIO members, testified about their companies’ plans for growth and job creation. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chair of the committee, “called the rural economy a bright spot Read More >

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Biotechnology “Oozes Through Your Life”

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Author Stephanie Clifford details U.S. dependency on oil in a recent Sunday New York Times article about the many ways that Oil Oozes Through Your Life, from food ingredients to plastic containers to cosmetics and all the energy that ships products from factory to consumer. The article notes that “there are only a few alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals,” but no examples other than natural gas are given. This oversight was mentioned by the USDA’s Sarah Read More >

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Bioenergy business outlook shows steady optimism, less confidence in government

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The Biofuels Digest/BIO Summer 2011 Bioenergy Business Outlook Survey was conducted last week and released this morning. The survey drew more than 400 responses, with more international participation, particularly among biofuel producers and larger companies that have been in business more than 10 years and have more revenue. The responses show very little change in expectations of industry growth compared to the Spring 2011 survey, although respondents appeared slightly more pessimistic about government support for Read More >

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