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NEWS UPDATE January 29, 2015

New Report Urges Western Governments to Reconsider Reliance on Biofuels

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 29, 2015

Western governments have made a wrong turn in energy policy by supporting the large-scale conversion of plants into fuel and should reconsider that strategy, according to a new report from a prominent environmental think tank. Turning plant matter into liquid fuel or electricity is so inefficient that the approach is unlikely ever to supply a substantial fraction of global energy demand, the report found. It added that continuing to pursue this strategy — which has already led to billions of dollars of investment — is likely to use up vast tracts of fertile land that could be devoted to helping feed the world’s growing population. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan lawmakers seek support for RFS reform bill 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 29, 2015

A bipartisan coalition of four House members this week attempted to drum up support for legislation that would reform the renewable fuel standard. On Monday, the group circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter to House offices seeking co-sponsors for the legislation, which would eliminate the annual requirements for corn ethanol, among other changes to the RFS. The bill could be introduced as soon as next week, according to sources tracking the RFS. [ read more … ]

New EPA regs seen spurring Argentinean biodiesel imports 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 29, 2015

U.S. EPA yesterday issued new requirements for Argentinean biodiesel to qualify under the renewable fuel standard program, a move that the U.S. industry estimates will lead to more Argentinean biodiesel entering the United States. Argentinean producers will be able to use an alternative tracking program for certifying the soybean oil that’s used as an input in biodiesel production, EPA said. The alternative program involves annual surveys by third parties rather than tracking individual batches of feedstocks. [ read more … ]

Inslee’s carbon price plan draws a divided crowd at hearing 

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 29, 2015

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s (D) broad climate bill to make polluters pay for carbon emissions sparked heated debate yesterday during state lawmakers’ first public hearing on it, which quickly filled the legislative chamber and spilled out into several overflow rooms. More than three dozen speakers testified before the House Environment Committee, while outside the chamber, groups demonstrated both in support of and opposition to H.B. 1314. [ read more … ]

Oregon Legislature’s transportation debate heats up

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted January 29, 2015

Legislative Republicans are threatening to block a proposed transportation package if Democrats move forward with legislation aimed at combating greenhouse gases. Senate President Peter Courtney said Tuesday the development makes him pessimistic about the prospects for a gas tax increase to pay for transportation projects.
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