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August 16 -- Congress shouldn't weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard, which commits our country to using increasing quantities of clean-burning biofuels. >>View Article

Monday, 12 August 2013 13:44

The Promise Of Advanced Biofuels

August 12 -- This week, the EPA announced that it was adjusting the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in order to reflect market realities. As originally proposed earlier this year, the rule called for 14 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol, but the final rule sets a requirement for 6 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol this year. >>View Article

August 8 -- As two of Michigan’s more than 20,000 corn farmers, we are not surprised by the recent actions of the major oil companies or shocked by how they are portraying the “evils of ethanol.” We’ve been hearing the same, tired arguments for years that rely on scare tactics rather than facts. >>View Article

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 13:44

RFS Hasn't Hurt The Poultry Industry

August 6 -- I followed with interest the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings concerning the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). I became very skeptical of the statements by those representing the livestock and poultry sectors of agriculture when, in a very complex economy, they are able to find a single cause, the RFS, for all the perceived or real challenges confronting their industry. So I did some research on the 2003-2007, pre-RFS period and compared it to the 2008-2012 period that followed enactment of the law. >>View Article

August 5 -- Biofuels are used in more than just everyday cars and trucks. NASCAR driver Austin Dillon stopped at POET Biorefining in Portland to talk about ethanol use in his car, one of the fastest on the road. As part of his American Ethanol Heartland Tour, Dillon visited the biorefinery, signed autographs and answered questions about his racing career and ethanol use in NASCAR vehicles. >>View Article

August 5 -- As we have witnessed over the past decade, the American energy landscape continues to transform. Not so long ago, energy scarcity was a significant concern, especially for transportation fuel as petroleum supply decreased. As a result, in 2005 our nation wisely chose to diversify our fuel supply with strong bipartisan leadership from American policymakers. At that time, under George W. Bush, we created one of the most successful energy policies ever enacted– the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). >>View Article

August 2 -- Most pundits don’t realize it but the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, has led a renaissance in U.S. technology innovation. Following the establishment of the policy in 2005, companies across the United States made substantial investments to accelerate the development of cleaner-burning biofuels and new energy crops. Beyond biofuels, homegrown biotechnology advances are now being used to produce renewable chemicals and biobased products, including green plastics. >>View Article

Thursday, 01 August 2013 14:41

Less Oil, More Biofuels

August 1 -- Jason Bordoff and Robert McNally make some good points about the challenges facing our biofuels policy in their July 26 column ("Well-intentioned but flawed, U.S. biofuel policy in need of change"), but take a step too far in calling for Congress to change the Renewable Fuel Standard. EPA has the flexibility it needs to address the near-term challenges, and legislative changes will delay progress without fixing anything. Fact is, the RFS is working—just this week we got news that two new facilities in Florida and Mississippi are producing commercial quantities of truly advanced, non-food cellulosic biofuel, and more will soon follow. >>View Article

July 31 -- No fuel at scale today comes close to equaling ethanol’s ability to prevent American cars and trucks from spewing pollutants from their tailpipes. Unfortunately, one of the most important incentives for the growth of biofuels is now under attack by misguided lawmakers and Big Oil. >>View Article

July 29 -- While there is a lot of back-and-forth in Washington about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), there is just one fundamental choice at the heart of the debate: do we want alternatives to oil, or not? >>View Article

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