Bioenergy & Land Use
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More Ethanol, More Problems
The ethanol industry produces more ethanol than the US fuel market can readily use.
Comments on 2019/2020 RFS Volume Proposal
Two sets of comments from CATF and a coalition of national and international public interest groups on the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Renewable Volume Obligations for 2019/2020. In both the full comments (six groups) and the abridged comments (18 groups), we urge EPA to reduce the proposed consumption requirements for environmentally-damaging…
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).
CATF Statement on EPA’s Proposed 2019 RFS Biofuels Requirements
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) regulations that establish the amount of biofuels that must be blended into the United States’ transportation fuel supply in 2019 (and 2020, for biomass-based diesel fuels).
Biofuels Coalition Press Release on Welch/Udall RFS Reform Bills
Seeking to break through the deadlocked discussions between oil interests and the corn ethanol industry, conservation groups signaled their strong support for bills introduced today in the U.S. House and Senate to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard and reverse the damage that the law—known as the biofuel mandate—has caused since…
Comments on EPA’s Proposed RFS Pathway for Biofuels Made From Sorghum Oil
CATF and five other organizations urge EPA to conduct a more comprehensive lifecycle GHG emission analysis for sorghum oil-based biofuels, to properly account for land use change impacts that result from the diversion of sorghum oil from feed markets to fuel markets.
A Decade of Futility: The Renewable Fuel Standard, 2007-2017
Ten years ago, on December 19, 2007, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) into law and thus expanding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS was not only sold as a policy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase energy security, but also…
Supplementary Comments to EPA on RFS Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel for 2019
In response to a notice of supplemental information and request for further comment, CATF and seven other organizations advise EPA to mitigate the environmental harm caused by demand for vegetable oil-based biofuels by reducing the Renewable Fuels Standard’s annual consumption requirements.