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2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Highlights – Post-Conference

Posted on March 1st, 2013

Below are post-conference highlights from the 2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Biodiesel Has a Critical Role in Preserving Farmland and Preventing Detrimental Land Use Change

Posted on February 21st, 2013

Land use change is an issue often associated with the biofuels boom. For a brief period, the criticism of biofuels policy was that increasing the value of farm commodities might create economic incentives for farmers all around the world to grow more food commodities. The ever-improving quantification of international, indirect land use change is now showing that we can meet our goals for biodiesel production, and encourage more farmers to produce more food around the world, while still reducing greenhouse gases relative to sole reliance on fossil fuels.

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A Concerned Scientist Speaks Out

Posted on February 21st, 2013

Someone asked me recently why there was so much confusion in Europe over the best feedstocks to use for biofuels and why there isn’t more unanimous support for crops that produce food and fuel? While it does not directly affect the US biodiesel market, it is an issue I have been watching with concern, because many stakeholders that should be supporting renewable fuels seem to be confused or are confusing the issue for others. Here is the response I crafted for my concerned colleague, and I decide to share it with you, because it may be important for everyone.

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2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Highlights – February 7

Posted on February 8th, 2013

Below are highlights from February 7 from the 2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Highlights – February 6

Posted on February 7th, 2013

Below are highlights from February 6 from the 2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Highlights – February 5

Posted on February 6th, 2013

Below are highlights from February 5 from the 2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Don’t Drill My Baby’s Oil

Posted on November 20th, 2012

Domestic sources of energy are our most valued assets. Our economy depends on energy. National security, public safety, commerce, and food production rely on energy. It is well recognized that we need to reduce reliance energy imports, primarily oil. We need to become energy independent in order to reduce volatility of energy prices that hinder our economy today, and in order to secure a long term future for this country.

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The Drought Is No Reason to Reverse Course on American Fuel

Posted on August 14th, 2012

For the first time in history, our nation is making meaningful progress in the drive for energy independence. This is thanks in no small part to strong federal policy that has made developing American-made fuels a priority. The federal Renewable Fuels Standard – 2 led the U.S. into a record year of biodiesel production and use, at just more than 1 billion gallons in 2011. This is genuine progress in the quest for energy security, and it brings with it jobs, economic development and additional fuel refining capacity that this nation sorely needs. These benefits are tangible and real.

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Biofuels Are Essential to Protecting the Environment and Maintaining the Economy

Posted on July 9th, 2012

Biofuels are the only alternative to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to enjoy the benefits to society and economic activity associated with liquid fuels. Our standard of living is supported by energy consumption. All the advances of modern society, including home heating, lighting, and clean drinking water, owe their development to the use of fossil fuels. Education, medicine, communications, civil rights, human rights, and equal rights have all advanced due, in part, to our ability to harness the energy stored in fossil fuels. But fossil fuels are a finite resource, and we must find alternative energy sources to sustain society.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

Posted on June 14th, 2012

A team of entrepreneurs and researchers just finished harvesting fields of pennycress in Illinois. Although some people think of pennycress as a weed, its penny-shaped seed packets are full of potential as a new feedstock for biodiesel.

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