Biodiesel Industry Weighs in on EPA Proposal
The National Biodiesel
Board recently submitted exhaustive formal comments to the EPA on the Renewable
Fuel Standard proposal establishing biodiesel volumes for 2014-2017. NBB’s comments,
which total 150 pages, present a compelling case for increased biodiesel volumes
beyond the modest increases in the EPA’s proposal. They included extensive data
on industry production capacity, feedstock supplies, economic analysis, carbon
reduction, technical and performance attributes, and other points on which the
EPA will base its final decisions.
“The growth and expansion of the
U.S. biodiesel industry in recent years represents a tremendous success story
under the RFS,” NBB wrote in its comments. “Today, nearly 2 billion gallons
of biodiesel and renewable diesel displace an equivalent amount of petroleum diesel.
This has resulted in significant reductions in pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions, while creating thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic
impact across the nation.”
NBB’s comments follow a letter from 36 U.S. senators last week calling
for increased biodiesel volumes, and add to thousands of comments submitted by
biodiesel supporters to the EPA in recent weeks. The comment period on the EPA’s
pending proposal closed July 27th.
“The EPA’s proposal is an improvement
over its initial draft, but the agency can and should do much better,” said
Anne Steckel, NBB vice president of federal affairs. “We have presented credible,
compelling reasons for increasing biodiesel use under the RFS, and we hope the
EPA carefully reviews our comments and those of thousands of other biodiesel supporters who have weighed in.”
will continue to advocate for higher biodiesel volumes in the final rule, set
to be published by November 30.
Petroleum Companies Deny Climate Change Risks? Say it Ain’t So
the general observer there would seem to be scientific debate about our changing
climate and what is behind the warming and rash of abnormal weather patterns.
But with a little closer examination, that doubt that appeared scientific may not be what it seems.
the Union of Concerned Scientists put together the
“Climate Deception Dossiers,” an extensive, 330
pages-worth of internal memos that reveal a range of deceptive tactics deployed
by the fossil fuel industry. UCS says they include forged letters to Congress,
secret funding of a supposedly independent scientist, the creation of fake grassroots
organizations, multiple efforts to deliberately manufacture uncertainty about climate science, and more.
nearly three decades, many of the world's largest fossil fuel companies have knowingly
worked to deceive the public about the realities and risks of climate change,” UCS said.
deceptive tactics are now highlighted in this set of seven "deception dossiers"—collections
of internal company and trade association documents that have either been leaked
to the public, come to light through lawsuits, or been disclosed through Freedom
of Information (FOIA) requests.
Each collection provides an illuminating inside look
at this coordinated campaign of deception, an effort underwritten by ExxonMobil,
Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP, Shell, Peabody Energy, and other members of the fossil fuel industry."
can download the full report for in-depth information
on each of the seven dossiers.
Incredible Adventures without the Large Carbon Footprint
Incredible Adventures is a biodiesel
powered outdoor travel company owned by Jolie Ginsburg and Brian Deninger. They specialize
in small group tours of national parks like Yosemite without jeopardizing their existence.
is not only for the places that we visit, it's for the community that we live
in, it's for us as American citizens,” said Deninger.
As a commitment to
the parks they tour and the people they serve, Ginsburg and Deninger run their
operation on 99% biodiesel without worrying about leaving a large carbon footprint.
Adventures has grown tremendously the last few years from 10 tour vans to nearly
40 biodiesel powered vehicles this past year.
Ginsburg and Deninger contribute
to their community through co-sponsorship of the San Francisco Biofuels co-operative,
which gives people local access to alternative fuel options. They also educate
the community about alternative fuel sources.
See their story here.
|Help Customers, Stakeholders Stay in the Know |
Biodiesel Alliance & Backers program provides
a unique opportunity for your customers, stakeholders or others who are interested
in staying on top of the latest developments in the biodiesel industry. Share
this link to join and offer it as a resource for everything
from the latest biodiesel research and industry news, to local pump openings to grant opportunities.
simple. The Biodiesel Alliance is a diverse coalition of organizations, agencies
and businesses from across the country that support the use of clean-burning,
renewable biodiesel fuel that meets high industry standards. The Biodiesel Backers
program is the same thing, except it’s for individuals. It’s free and it’s
voluntary. Members include fleet managers, school officials, farmers, health groups,
diesel technicians, and many others.
So, if you haven’t yet, now is
the time to join thousands of other Biodiesel Alliance and Backers members who
are instrumental in recognizing the benefits of biodiesel to national energy security,
the environment, human health and the U.S. economy. It is also a great tool to
offer customers, partners and other stakeholders to keep them connected and in the know.
Bioheat® has Winsdor Fuels Excited for the Future
the 1930’s Windsor Fuel has been a leader in the fuel industry.
Located in Mineola, New York the fuel company began its legacy when coal and ice
where the leading fuel sources. Now, Donald ‘D.J.’ Leogrande, Jr., owner and
family heir of Windsor Fuel is making the transition to the next leading fuel source, Bioheat®.
are going to be the next fuels of the future,” said Leogrande, Jr.
inherited both Windsor Fuels and his family’s foresight. Leogrande, Jr. decided
to offer Bioheat®, a renewable blend of traditional oil and biodiesel to continue
the family’s commitment to provide the highest quality fuel. Windsor currently
offers a 20 percent blend, up five percent from last year.
20 percent blend reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent.
you look at all of the advantages to the biodiesel product you often wonder why
doesn’t everybody use it? It seems like a no brainer,” said Leogrande, Jr.
people start using Bioheat®, they don’t look back. And that has Leogrande,
Jr. looking forward to the future of the fuel industry and Windsor Fuel.
See their full story here.
Clean Diesel VW Sets Guinness World Record
A clean diesel powered
Volkswagon set a Guinness World Record for non-hybrid fuel economy last month.
Wayne Gerdes, automotive journalist and founder of cleanmpg.com and his partner
left the American Volkswagen headquarters in Herndon, Va., on June 22 and drove
across the 48 neighboring states to achieve 81.17 mpg.
They returned to
headquarters July 7 after traveling 8,233.5 miles in 16 days. The duo spent $294.98
on 101.43 gallons of fuel during the trip. Gerdes beat the previous
world record by 3 miles per gallon.
The previous world record was 77.99
mpg according to a VW release. The Golf TDI Clean Diesel is a four-cylinder, hatchback
sold by Volkswagen. This model joins five other vehicles in Volkswagen’s TDI
lineup that achieve an EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 40 mpg or better
and can all utilize biodiesel blends.
Gerdes, was the primary driver. His
co-driver was Bob Winger, an electronics engineer long involved in energy and
conservation projects. Gerdes is an expert hypermiler who has set mileage records
in more than 100 vehicles, according to Volkswagen.
Canada Supports Renewable Fuel Growth
national Canadian survey conducted in April 2015 showed majority of Canadians
support the implemnation and growth of the renewable fuels industry. Most of Canada
believes renewable fuel products are clean, innovative and needed across the country
and that government should do more to promote the industry.
“This poll reinforces
what the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association and our members have known for years—renewable
fuels are important to and valued by the public,” said Andrea Kent, president
of Canadian Renewable Fuels Association.
In addition to most of Canada supporting
the biofuels industry, 33 percent of Canadians would like there to be more support
for renewable fuels. Two in three Canadians (67 percent) also support increasing
the level of biodiesel from the current mandate of 2 percent to 5 percent.
survey was conducted online by Abacus Data Inc. from April 6 to April 9, 2015.
Survey results are available on CRFA’s website. A random sample of panelists
was invited to complete the survey from a large representation of Canadians, recruited
and managed by Research Now, one of the world’s leading digital data collection providers.
NBB has a Job Opening
you know a recent grad? Please pass this on because NBB has a rare opening:
is your shot to work for a national trade association in the heart of Mid-Missouri
with some of the best people to support one the most sustainable transportation
fuels on the planet. An internal promotion has us on the hunt for that perfect
fit to help move America’s Advanced Biofuel forward while supporting our newest
hire’s goals and career growth.
The National Biodiesel Board will be
hiring a Communication and Member Specialist to help champion biodiesel’s and
the association’s value and benefits. We are a fun, relational team in a relaxed
office environment. We are looking for a strong writer with excellent social and
interpersonal skills who enjoys managing a wide variety of daily activities. If
you are an independent worker, interested in travel and willing to grow with our
ever-changing industry, we want you to join our team. This is an entry level position,
and much of the role will be flexible to match the best candidate’s talent and
interests. Undergraduate degree in journalism, marketing, public relations, strategic
communications, ag journalism, communications, or similar required. Agriculture,
environmental or energy experience helpful. Competitive salary and benefits. Send
cover letter (including where you heard about the job), resume and two writing
samples to: firstname.lastname@example.org
by August 20. No hard copy resumes or phone calls will be accepted.