Clean Energy Victory Bonds for a Clean Climate

Joanna Schroeder

A new bill was introduced in the U.S. this week in conjunction with COP21: the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2015. If passed, it would help the U.S. meet its climate goals. Introduced by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), the Act would also create more than 1 million jobs. The Clean Energy Victory Bonds would begin …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment, Legislation

20 Countries Pledge “Mission Innovation” at #COP21

Joanna Schroeder

Leading up to the World Climate Summit and #COP21 that kicked off in Paris today, three major announcements were make regarding the acceleration of technological developments in clean energy and clean technologies. The first announcement came from Bill Gates about the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, that will will working directly with Mission Innovation, a “pledge” by 20 countries to commit to …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment, International

Gates Launches Breakthrough Energy Coalition @ #COP21

Joanna Schroeder

In Paris this past weekend, leading up to COP21 and the World Climate Summit, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame, launched a new clean energy initiative, The Breakthrough Energy Coalition. Gates announced the news on his blog, “Gates Notes,” where he wrote that a global group of investors are taking innovative clean-energy ideas out of the lab and …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment, Solar, Video, Wind

Experts Present Case for Ethanol vs Gasoline

Cindy Zimmerman

Leading experts in the field of lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis and agricultural land use today responded to claims that corn ethanol and other biofuels are somehow worse for the climate than petroleum. A panel of scientists and economists refuted the suggestion by anti-biofuel advocates that carbon accounting schemes should not credit bioenergy feedstocks for CO2 absorption based on the …

Audio, Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

RFA Urges Secy Kerry to Promote RFS

Joanna Schroeder

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to head to COP 21 in Paris, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is calling on him to promote the success of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen urged Kerry in a letter to highlight the role of the RFS in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and encourage other countries …

biofuels, Climate Change, Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS

Energy Companies Sign On to Climate Pledge

Joanna Schroeder

Energy company across the U.S. have signed on to support the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a program the White House announced in July 2015. The 81 companies are part of the third round of pledges and have committed to reduce their impact on Earth. Abengoa Bioenergy US, Aemetis, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Biogen, Novozymes, Pacific Ethanol and Tri-Global Energy …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment, Renewable Energy

RFA Shuns New Anti-RFS Campaign

Joanna Schroeder

The publicly anti-ethanol organization Smarter Fuel Future has launched a campaign calling on Congress and the administration to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The coalition is backed by Big Oil along with various food, environmental and anti-hunger organizations. In response to the campaign, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen said: “The oil industry thinks it’s being …

Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, food and fuel, Indirect Land Use, RFA, RFS

RFA: EPA Probe Will Go Nowhere

Joanna Schroeder

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an announcement that they would begin preliminary research into the lifecycle impacts of EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The work will be conducted within the Office of Air and Radiation and the Office of Research and Development. The OIG’s objectives of the study are to …

biofuels, Climate Change, Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS

NEB Debuts Biofuel Education Videos

Joanna Schroeder

The Nebraska Ethanol Board has debut several biofuel education videos that focus on the economic and environmental benefits of using renewable fuels. The ‘white board-style’ biofuel videos starring gruff military man Colonel Korn and modern couple Andy & Sandy. “The educational messages embodied in the new videos are an excellent means of communicating the benefits of ethanol to students as …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Education, Environment, Ethanol

Ethanol Industry ‘Displeased’ With New RFS Report

Joanna Schroeder

The ethanol industry is displeased with a recent report on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that is not favorable to corn-based ethanol. The report, “10-Year Review of the Renewable Fuels Standard: Impacts to the Environment, The Economy, and Advanced Biofuels Development,” was published by the Agricultural & Resources Economics Department at the University of Tennessee. The report was commissioned by …

biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Indirect Land Use, RFA, RFS