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RFS: Shifting Focus on to Climate Change

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Dueling studies highlight focus on climate impacts of renewable fuel standard. In a recent ClimateWire piece, Environment & Energy reporters Tiffany Stecker and Julia Pyper, highlighted two opposing stances on whether or not biofuels contribute to the increase of greenhouse gas emissions. The Environmental Working Group released a study late June that found U.S. EPA’s proposed cut in the amount of ethanol would “prevent 3 million tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere — the Read More >

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Big Oil Asks Congress to Do What the Courts Denied

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“This contention is meritless.” Doesn’t “withstand scrutiny.” “Ignores salient facts.” That was the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Monroe Energy and PBF Energy’s challenge to the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard. The companies asked the Court to vacate the entire RFS for 2013, claiming the blendwall makes it impossible for them to comply with the RFS and EPA did not use its waiver authority to reduce biofuel use. “Neither 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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Stable Policy Can Help Assure Unwavering Investment in U.S. Biofuels

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The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a unique federal policy that has, just as its bipartisan supporters intended, spurred major domestic and international investment in US biofuels production and it is essential to maintaining a growing market for second generation biofuels. That growing market helps attract investment to advanced biofuel companies who are trying to expand their infrastructure, scale up their production line, and improve their technology foundation. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent Read More >

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