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NEWS UPDATE May 13, 2014

Commentary: Focus on Biofuels Is Key to Renewable Energy Success

By Byron Dorgan, Former U.S. Senator, North Dakota, Roll Call  •    •  Posted May 13, 2014

But today, I’m concerned about the administration’s recent proposal that would put an end to the growth of this emerging American energy industry. The EPA proposal, if left unchanged, would signal a retreat on our bipartisan commitment to developing a strong renewable fuels industry to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs and reduce harmful emissions. This proposal simply doesn’t fit with the president’s goals. Take biodiesel as an example. It is a significant RFS success story — the first EPA-designated advanced biofuel to reach nationwide, commercial-scale production. The EPA says it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent, and the White House’s recent report on climate change cited incentives for biodiesel as an example of federal mitigation. Biodiesel is produced at refineries in almost every state in the country and has steadily grown the past few years using an increasing variety of resources such as animal fats, soybean oil and recycled cooking oil. [ read more … ]

Fossil fuels may dominate sector through 2040

Julia Pyper, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 13, 2014

There are a growing number of ways to power cars and trucks with low-carbon fuels, such as electricity, hydrogen and advanced biofuels. But according to experts at an alternative fuel summit here last week, fossil fuels are likely to dominate the transportation sector well into the future. Dennis Slagle, executive vice president of truck sales and marketing for Volvo Group in the Americas, highlighted in his keynote speech at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo the unparalleled performance and accessibility of diesel. The trucking industry has also invested billions of dollars in making drastic reductions in harmful nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions, he added. [ read more … ]

Clinton Library docs show freewheeling energy, environment honchos

Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 13, 2014

In a memo to President Bill Clinton, then-Energy Secretary Bill Richardson pulled no punches. “I think we need to turn this into a concerted campaign. I’m ready to hit the trail,” Richardson wrote. But Richardson wasn’t talking about heading off to Iowa or New Hampshire to secure votes for the president from the campaign stump. Instead, he was asking for White House support on his effort to win the backing of the developing world for a fight against climate change. [ read more … ]

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