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For Lower Costs At The Pump, RFS Is The Best

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

Renewable Fuel Policy Instability Is a Jobs and Investment Killer

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

Minnesota Power Investing In More Wind Power

August 2 -- With the addition of another wind farm in North Dakota, the Duluth-based utility expects to meet its mandate 10 years early. Another Minnesota utility is investing in wind power to take advantage of its current low cost and an extended federal tax credit. >>View Article

Trouble With Clean Energy Disinformation In Mainstream Media

August 2 -- According to Fox Business reporter Shibani Joshi, renewables are successful in Germany and not in the U.S. because Germany has “got a lot more sun than we do.” Sure, California might get sun now and then, Joshi conceded during her now-infamous flub, “but here on the East Coast, it’s just not going to work.” (She recanted the next day while adding new errors.) >>View Article

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

Drill For Energy? Yes, For More Geothermal

August 1 -- The age of natural gas fracking is upon us, and the debate about how hydraulic fracturing will be done in California has begun. Even assuming conservative estimates of natural gas reserves in the lower 48 states, the United States could easily move from a coal-based electrical portfolio to one that is based on natural gas. So why invest in renewable energies when natural gas is so cheap and for the time being, plentiful? The answer is multifaceted, but we will focus on two reasons: cost and greenhouse gas emissions. >>View Article

Economic (Not Environmental) Factors Are Pushing EV Manufacturing

August 1 -- Job creation and economic opportunity (not environmental concerns) are the primary drivers of the big electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing push being taken by many industrialized nations, according to a recent study from Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Environmental Affairs and the University of Kansas. >>View Article

Solar Power Gains Ground In Iowa

July 31 -- Solar power is gaining ground around the world at "record pace," and a growing number of Iowans are also looking to convert their homes and businesses to the alternative energy, according to Bill Haman, industrial program manager for the Iowa Energy Center. >>View Article

Speed Up Air Pollution Reduction

July 31 -- Climate change is a global scourge that requires action by everyone. American efforts to protect the planet are particularly vital to prevent the worst impacts. What most people don’t realize, however, is that these efforts will be implemented by the states -- and that could be a very good thing. >>View Article

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