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Does EPA's Proposal to Cut Biodiesel Portend Administration Caving to Big Coal? 21.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Is a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to cut biodiesel -- an environmentally friendly fuel that burns significantly cleaner than regular diesel made from oil -- a sign that the Obama administration is waving the white flag on reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Just over a year ago, in June 2013, the White House came out with their three-pronged climate change plan. President Obama even said he would use his executive powers to require reductions in the amount of carbon dioxide produced by the nation's power plants, which accounts for roughly one-third of all the domestic greenhouse gas pollution in this country. And it was just two months ago when President Obama was saying that he was willing to bypass Congress and use his authority under the Clean Air Act to work to reduce Greenhouse Gasses. But instead of sticking with their "No Bad Emissions" strategy, we recently saw the White House and the EPA bend to Big Oil. Reuters reported that The Caryle Group and Delta Air Lines, who own ...
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Higher blend of biodiesel coming to the pump 30.6.2014 Star Tribune: Business
On Tuesday, Minnesota becomes the first state to require a 10 percent minimum blend of biodiesel fuel sold at the pump.
Farmers vs. truckers over new biodiesel rule 29.6.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Starting on Tuesday, most diesel fuel sold in Minnesota will contain 10 percent biodiesel, which double is the current portion. The requirement is the latest step in Minnesota's push for more renewable fuels.
Minnesota's 10% biodiesel mandate starts Tuesday 27.6.2014 Twincities.com: Business

After years of starts and stops, the next frontier has finally arrived for biodiesel.

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Big Oil and Big Corn Square off: Biodiesel and Democrats Lose 14.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Imagine, if you can, that in this polarized, partisan, divided D.C., there were environmentally friendly standards that were so common sense and on-target that Republicans and Democrats across two administrations could agree to them. Now imagine a government agency scrapping those same standards. Not easy, right? But that's exactly what's happening in Washington right now, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Until 2014, the Obama Administration always supported raising the RFS, which mandates the amount of biofuels blended into our national fuel supply every year. But now the EPA is proposing keeping the 2013 standards through 2015. The big question here is why. There's been no end to the guesses as to why an agency tasked with protecting the environment (after all, it's right there in the name) would, suddenly and without explanation, work against an environmentally sound law that drew support from George W. Bush and the party that brought ...
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Impact of Policy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Economics of Biodiesel Production 11.6.2014 pubs.acs.org

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DOI: 10.1021/es405410u
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Records sought on EPA action on biofuels 29.5.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
A watchdog group is seeking records from the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether the agency caved to political pressure when it scaled back its 2014 renewable-fuel mandates.
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Records sought on EPA action on biofuels 29.5.2014 Seattle Times: Politics
A watchdog group is seeking records from the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether the agency caved to political pressure when it scaled back its 2014 renewable-fuel mandates.
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Innards of this Chevy Malibu are unlike any other 25.5.2014 Seattle Times: Local
University of Washington students have built a unique biodiesel-electric hybrid car for a national collegiate competition.
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Life Cycle GHG Emissions from Microalgal Biodiesel – A CA-GREET Model 19.5.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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DOI: 10.1021/es403768q
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EPA policy uncertainty upsets Seattle-area biofuel producers 15.5.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to keep the amount of biodiesel that must be blended into the nation’s transportation fuel supply unchanged for two more years has upset biofuel producers in Seattle and elsewhere who had been counting on increased production.
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Franken & Klobuchar: Administration Must Support Biodiesel 15.5.2014 WCCO: Local News
(credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Senators from North Dakota and Minnesota say the Obama administration should retreat on a proposal to make significant changes to renewable fuel standards and show its support for the biodiesel industry. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota say that biodiesel production has led to thousands of jobs and remains a clean, safe form of energy.
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Senators: Administration must support biodiesel 15.5.2014 AP Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators from North Dakota and Minnesota say the Obama administration should retreat on a proposal to make significant changes to renewable fuel standards and show its support for the biodiesel industry....
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Senators say Obama administration must support biodiesel, call for changes to proposal 15.5.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Biofuel Production Declines 10.4.2014 Worldwatch Institute
New Worldwatch Institute analysis examines the trends in global biofuel production    Washington, D.C.—In 2012, the combined global production of ethanol and biodiesel fell for the first time since 2000, down 0.4 percent from the figure in 2011. Global ethanol production declined slightly for the second year in a row, to 83.1 billion liters, while biodiesel output rose fractionally, from 22.4 billion liters in 2011 to 22.5 billion liters in 2012. Biodiesel now accounts for over 20 percent of global biofuel production, writes Tom Prugh in the Worldwatch Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online trend ( www.worldwatch.org ). Biofuels are a subset of bio-energy, which is energy derived from biomass (plant and animal matter) and which can range from manually gathered fuelwood and animal dung to industrially processed forms such as ethanol and biodiesel. Biomass can be used directly for heat, turned into biogas to produce electricity, or processed into liquid forms suitable as alternatives or supplements to ...
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Life Cycle Water Footprints of Nonfood Biomass Fuels in China 17.3.2014 pubs.acs.org

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DOI: 10.1021/es404458j
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Used Cooking Oil is Heating NRDC's New York Office 14.3.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anthony Guerrero, Director, Facilities & Administration, New York City: With super-storms and snow-pocalypses hitting our region left and right, buildings in New York City have been turning up the heat. The typical building in New York City supplies heat through the use of fossil fuels, either natural gas or...
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Owner Of Building Destroyed By Gas Explosion Actually Went Out Of Her Way To Avoid Using Gas 14.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Owner Of Building Destroyed By Gas Explosion Actually Went Out Of Her Way To Avoid Using Gas
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Experimental Investigation of Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition Combustion of Biodiesel Fuel with External Mixture Formation in a CI engine 17.2.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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DOI: 10.1021/es403104f
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Community Fuels: Changing the Face – and Impact – of the Fuel Industry 27.1.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Larissa Koehler EDF’s Innovators Series profiles companies and people across California with bold solutions to reduce carbon pollution and help the state meet the goals of AB 32. Each addition to the series will profile a different solution, focused on the development of new technologies and ideas. If one were to look around the room at a biodiesel or petroleum industry conference, they would quickly realize that the majority of attendees are male. This is something that hasn’t escaped the notice of Lisa Mortenson, CEO of Community Fuels , who jokes that her gender makes her stick out at such events. Unique as it is that Community Fuels has a female leader, this is just one way that the company is changing the face of the alternative fuel industry. Community Fuels is helping to make biodiesel a viable solution in California , by combining exciting research, quality production, and strong business practices. Biodiesel, a renewable alternative to traditional diesel, is made from raw ...
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