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  • Bioenergy EPA’s Report on the Environmental Impacts of Biofuels

    We’ve waded through the various and sundry mistakes Congress made in 2007 when it dramatically expanded the size and the duration of the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).

    July 9, 2018
  • Bioenergy The RFS’s Unhappy Birthday: A Mistake Turns 10

    Ten years ago this week—on December 19, 2007—President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) into law.

    December 18, 2017
  • Bioenergy The Wrong Lessons from China

    When President Xi Jinping of China visits Mar-a-Lago this week, it might not surprise him to learn that his host’s advisors see China and its environmental problems as a cautionary tale. He may be puzzled by their reasoning, though. Backing up a week, the night before Donald Trump joined EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and other

    April 6, 2017
  • Bioenergy The RFS, the Rebound Effect, and an Additional 431 Million Tons of CO2

    There’s a quirk of macroeconomics known as the rebound effect, and it can be a bit of a drag. When the price of a widely used commodity falls, consumers tend to use more of it. In most cases, that’s a good thing. But sometimes the price drop is the unintended consequence of policies or technologies […]

    September 13, 2016
  • Bioenergy Flying Blind: EPA Can’t Start Fixing the RFS Until It Stops Ignoring the Problems

    Before we dig into the new report on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to conduct “an objective analysis on the environmental impacts and unintended consequences of U.S. biofuel policy,” or how that report echoes the Clean Air Task Force’s long-held position that EPA has not adequately assessed the negative effects that conventional biofuels like […]

    August 19, 2016
  • Bioenergy Render Unto Science: Biomass Carbon Emissions Should Be Determined by Science, Not Congressional Fiat

    The Senate Appropriations Committee’s vote to disavow the seemingly indisputable fact that forest biomass-based energy generation emits carbon dioxide is a short-sighted attempt to legislate science. The bill would openly set aside scientific consensus in favor of an edict that the industrial-scale combustion of trees and other biomass is essentially “carbon neutral” and thus “do […]

    June 16, 2016
  • Bioenergy Corn Ethanol Attacks Vermont!

    When a Washington-based lobbying outfit started airing television ads in Vermont that attack Rep. Peter Welch because he wants to scale back federal support for corn ethanol, the erstwhile Vermonter in me took offense. It has been a few years since I lived in Vermont, but I’ll probably always consider myself a Vermonter and I […]

    November 20, 2015
  • Bioenergy White House Wisely Rejects the “Categorical Carbon Neutrality” of Biomass—But What Now?

    The White House Office of Management and Budget released a Statement of Policy this week detailing the many reasons why President Obama would veto H.R. 2822, a 2016 appropriations bill for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior put together by the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives. The White House […]

    June 26, 2015