Rep. Pike: Inslee’s low-carbon fuel plan too costly, ineffective

Source: (Olympia, Wash.- Sunday, April 12, 2015) – The Columbian via EIN News – By Rep. Liz Pike — We all want a cleaner environment in which to live, work and pass on to our children and grandchildren. We’re making great progress here in Washington. Employers are investing millions of dollars in new and innovative technologies that reduce their carbon footprint, including converting …

EPA to set overdue biofuel quotas in deal with oil industry groups

Source: (Washington, DC – April 10, 2015) – Fuel Fix, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy – Compelled by an oil industry lawsuit, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to set biofuel quotas for 2014 by Nov. 30 — two years after they were initially due. The time frame was laid out Friday in a settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit by the American Petroleum Institute and the …

Biofuels, Hunger, and Climate: Fixing California’s LCFS Analysis

Source: The Energy Collective, by Jonathan Lewis – (April 6, 2015) – The politics surrounding biofuels and biomass-based power generation are so fraught with controversy that the Washington Post recently labeled bioenergy “a familiar obstacle to good policymaking.” Who could disagree, then, that decisions about which types of bioenergy to encourage should be based on dispassionate scientific analysis rather than the parochial interests of …

Republican governors unwittingly recruited by biofuels lobby

Source: Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang – (April 2, 2015 – Washington, DC) — Governors’ Biofuels Coalition ‘directors’ unaware of membership: Texas governors have not been fans of the federal government’s renewable fuels mandate, so it was a surprise to Gov. Greg Abbott when he discovered this week the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition has been listing him as a key member of …

5.7M acres of U.S. grasslands plowed for crops over four years – study

Source: E&E News, by Tiffany Stecker – (April 2, 2015) — A new study finds that 7.3 million acres have been converted to cropland nationwide over the last four years. The paper, published online today in the journalEnvironmental Research Letters, tracked land-use changes between 2008 and 2012 — a time of high corn and soybean prices and the onset of the federal …

U.S. may skirt oil storage crisis as drivers hit the road

(March 31, 2015 – Reuters | New York) – By Jonathan Leff — A month ago, it seemed inevitable: a massive global oversupply of crude oil production would overwhelm storage tanks in Oklahoma and fill supertankers off Singapore. Now, there are growing signs that the U.S. oil market can avoid the doomsday scenario in which it runs out of room to stockpile …

EPA chief: Keystone Won’t Be A ‘Disaster for the Climate’

Source: National Journal – March 30, 2015 – EPA Chief: Keystone Won’t Be A ‘Disaster for the Climate'; Gina McCarthy suggested that no single issue would wreck the climate. BY CLARE FORAN Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy suggested on Monday that building the Keystone XL pipeline would not spell game over for the planet. “No, I don’t think that any one …

AFPM, others, stand up for the driving public

Energy4US.org – March 30, 2015 – Last week the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, along with the American Trucking Associations, and the Consumer Energy Alliance, filed suit seeking judicial redress against the government of the State of Oregon for imposing (unlawfully) a new and destructive mandate on its own citizens who drive or who purchase anything that travels by truck. …

Boaters push Senate bill removing corn-ethanol mandate – NOLA.com

By Todd Masson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on March 27, 2015 at 9:47 AM, updated March 27, 2015 at 9:54 AM The nation’s largest boating advocacy group has thrown its support behind a U.S. Senate bill that would do away with the law requiring ethanol produced from corn to be sold to American consumers. BoatUS is urging its half-million members …

Clean fuels controversy: Energy, trucking groups sue to block low-carbon standard – The Oregonian (March 2015)

Source: The Oregonian SALEM — Three groups are suing Gov. Kate Brown and state environmental regulators to block the rollout of Oregon’s clean-fuels program. The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal district court in Portland, argues the program violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against fuel importers and regulating out-of-state businesses. The challenge is brought by American …