Category Archives: Biofuels & Climate Change

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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Unrealistic Assumptions Lead to Unsustainable Results for Corn Stover

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There is a growing body of independent research reporting the results of practical field trials for corn stover harvesting, switchgrass production, and other sources of advanced and cellulosic biofuels. This research has led to guidelines and measurement tools for sustainably harvesting crop residues, in order to ensure soil health. The main point of this decade-old area of research is to help farmers know their fields and to engage in sustainable harvesting practices. Companies planning to Read More >

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EPA’s Proposed Rule for the 2014 RFS Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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What Environmental Working Group Doesn’t Want You to Know On Friday March 28, the Environmental Working Group posted what they imagine to be a scathing critique of a recently published study, authored by BIO, of the greenhouse gas emissions impact of EPA’s proposal to reduce biofuel use in 2014. (See Corn Is Magic? on the EWG.org site). It’s clear that the author never actually read our study, since her commentary has nothing to do with Read More >

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What’s Really Happening with the So-called ‘Blend Wall’? A Fuels America Briefing

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The public dialog surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard is robust- and filled with misinformation. On July 11, Rep. Lee Terry and Rep. Bruce Braley held the third of a series of briefings, which focused on what is really happening with the so-called ‘Blend Wall.’ The briefing consisted of five speakers, including BIO’s own Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President of the Industrial and Environmental Section. Opening remarks were given by Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. Read More >

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President Obama Talks Climate Change: “We need to act”

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On the steps of Georgetown University Tuesday, President Obama announced his multi-step plan to fight climate change and called the American people to action. The President began his speech by citing facts and examples of climate change that have already been witnessed across this nation. In 2012 alone, climate and weather disasters, which stem from our warming planet, cost the American economy more than $100 billion. Left unmitigated, global warming will continue to cause increasingly Read More >

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