In response to EPA’s proposed determination that fuels made from the oilseed crop brassica carinata can qualify as “advanced biofuels” under the Renewable Fuel Standard, CATF comments focus on several problematic assumptions in the Agency’s lifecycle GHG emissions analysis.
In a letter sent to eleven US senators, the Clean Air Task Force, Environmental Working Group, ActionAid USA, and Oxfam America detail the Renewable Fuel Standard’s negative impact on both the environment and global food security, and urge the senators to reform the policy.
The SAB Panel on Biogenic Carbon Emissions, which advised EPA in 2012 on how to account for GHG emitted by biomass-burning facilities, was reconvened in 2015. CATF’s comments to the Panel summarize the biomass-related regulatory actions that EPA has taken since 2012 and outline principles that can be used by…
In addition to urging the Air Resources Board to readopt California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard through 2020, CATF’s comments illustrate the analytic- and policy-related problems with ARB staff’s proposal to reduce the lifecycle GHG assessment for corn ethanol.
In its proposed adjustments to the RFS mandate for 2014, EPA would address the blend wall by reducing the annual volume requirements for advanced biofuels and, more significantly, for corn ethanol. CATF’s comments detail the environmental benefits of EPA’s proposal.
CATF supports the Feinstein-Coburn bill in conjunction with a diverse collection of groups concerned about corn ethanol and the RFS, including environmental organizations, anti-hunger advocates, livestock and poultry producers, restaurant owners, small engine manufacturers, and others.
CATF comments to the Energy & Commerce Committee on the GHG emissions from the RFS corn ethanol mandate, the possibility of future emission increases from proposed RFS implementation strategies, and the steps that EPA or Congress can take to avoid those emissions increases going forward.