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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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Sacrificing Energy Independence is Not the Solution

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This past summer, as parts of the Midwest faced historic droughts and farmers and ranchers struggled with the impact of failing crops, a group of governors petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as a way to provide relief. As temperatures cool and the drought stabilizes, it’s clear that government programs to provide emergency assistance for farmers and ranchers worked as intended. Yet, the call to suspend the Read More >

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EPA Maintains Consistent Implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard

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The EPA on January 9 issued the final rule for the 2012 Renewable Fuel Standard, calling for production and use of 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuel, representing just over 9 percent of the total fuel market. The renewable fuel total includes 2 billion gallons of advanced biofuel, with at least 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. Importantly, EPA’s 2012 rule maintains a course –consistent with the 2010 and 2011 rules – that continues to Read More >

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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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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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