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Biodiesel Bulletin


The Biodiesel Bulletin is published monthly by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).




August 3, 2015  

Biodiesel Industry Weighs in on EPA Proposal

Petroleum Companies Deny Climate Change Risks? Say it Ain’t So

Incredible Adventures without the Large Carbon Footprint

Help Customers, Stakeholders Stay in the Know

Bioheat® has Winsdor Fuels Excited for the Future

Clean Diesel VW Sets Guinness World Record

Canada Supports Renewable Fuel Growth

NBB has a Job Opening

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.”

NBB will continue to advocate for higher biodiesel volumes in the final rule, set to be published by November 30.

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Petroleum Companies Deny Climate Change Risks? Say it Ain’t So

To 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.

“Recently 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.

“For 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.

“Their 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."

You can download the full report for in-depth information on each of the seven dossiers.

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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.

“This 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.

Incredible 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.

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Help Customers, Stakeholders Stay in the Know

The 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.

It’s 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.

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Bioheat® has Winsdor Fuels Excited for the Future

 Since 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®.

“Biofuels are going to be the next fuels of the future,” said Leogrande, Jr.

He has 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.

Using Windsor’s 20 percent blend reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent.

“When 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.

Once 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. 

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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.

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Canada Supports Renewable Fuel Growth

A 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.

The 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.

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NBB has a Job Opening

Do you know a recent grad? Please pass this on because NBB has a rare opening:

This 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: jrobinson@biodiesel.org by August 20. No hard copy resumes or phone calls will be accepted.

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