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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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Industrial and Environmental Biotech in the Blogosphere

This week we start off with a United Nations report that urges caution on biofuels. Green Inc, a New York Times blog writes, “The study concluded that whether a biofuel is climate-friendly or not depends largely on whether it is based on crops or production residues. Biofuels of the latter category were generally considered beneficial for the environment, and generating electricity locally from waste materials was found — in most cases — to be more Read More >

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Visualizing the indirect effects of oil

It has been pointed out numerous times on this blog (here, here and here) that you can’t have a true comparison of fuels if you account for the direct effects of all fuels and the indirect effects of only one. But that is what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resource Board (ARB) have proposed. Both the EPA in their proposed RFS II rules and ARB in their Low-Carbon-Fuel-Standard have calculated the Read More >

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Corn Growers Try to Understand Indirect Land Use Change

The National Corn Growers Association’s recent “Land Use: Carbon Impacts of Corn Based Ethanol 2009” conference highlighted the confusion the issue of indirect land use change has engendered for farmers. Chuck Zimmerman of AgWired summed it up in a report from the conference: Do you understand things like indirect land use when it comes to regulations via departments like the EPA due to the RFS? Me either. And I’ve sat in on conferences and discussions Read More >

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