Blogging For Biofuels

Big Oil Clinging Onto Refuted Claims

  • Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

In recent weeks, Big Oil has stepped up its attacks on ethanol. Today, those attacks landed right here in Minnesota. The American Petroleum Institute (Big Oil's big lobbying arm) sent in a letter filled with erroneous claims on ethanol to the Star Tribune. The letter was in response to an opinion piece written by Minnesota Corn Growers Association's President, Ryan Buck, which was published by the Strib on Sept 22.

Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, recently gave a great speech on climate change at the UN General Assembly. And yes, he mentioned renewable energy.

The upcoming 2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference and Expo (NABCE), which will be held in Minneapolis next month, will host a panel session with CEOs from three Minnesota ethanol plants.

Sales of E85 in Minnesota during the first seven months of the year grew 15 percent to 7.2 million gallons compared to 6.23 million gallons over the same period in 2013.

Let's Be Proactive Today

  • Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

By now most of you have probably read or heard about the many tens of thousands of people who took to the streets in New York City over the weekend to voice their concern about climate change and to call for global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Big Oil Peddles The Same Old Talking Points

  • Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

On Sept 16, Chevron Corp CEO, John Watson, told the Economic Club of Minnesota that renewable energy will play a limited role in the country's energy future. His comments, which were reported by Bloomberg and Finance & Commerce, shouldn't be surprising considering how supportive Big Oil has been when it comes to renewable energies like biofuels.

If You Repeat A Lie Often Enough

  • Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Today, the National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) - which includes representatives from Dominos Pizza, White Castle and CKE Restaurants (parent company of Carl's Jr) - will end a two-day visit to Capitol HIll where it has spent time lobbying congress on a variety of issues, including reforming the RFS.

Big Oil Makes An Outrageous Claim

  • Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

With all signs pointing a reversal in the EPA's original plan to reduce ethanol consumption under the RFS this year, it was only a matter of time before Big Oil stepped in to make some ludicrous arguments. But the latest salvo from the American Petroleum Institute (API), which is the oil industry's lobbying arm, is perhaps its most ludicrous one yet.