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When developed from the right sources, biofuels provide a clean-burning alternative to oil. Our experts explore the complexities of biofuels and their role in the future of fuel.


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Molecular biologist Z. Lewis Liu (foreground) and technician Scott Weber add a new yeast strain to a corncob mix to test the yeast’s effectiveness in fermenting ethanol from plant sugars. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) CC-BY-2.0 (Flickr)

Pruitt Steps Up His Attack on Biofuel Policies

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

In late September, the EPA Administrator Pruitt stunned the biofuels world by releasing a rulemaking document (called a Notice of Data Availability or NODA) suggesting he planned to cut more deeply into the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2018 targets for advanced biofuels and biodiesel than had been previously indicated.  Read more >

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Biofuel research in San Diego. Photo: Steve Jurvetson, CC-BY-2.0 (Flickr)

Setting the Record Straight on EVs and Biofuels

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

Cutting oil use and transportation emissions is a big job, that will require both electric vehicles and biofuels. Read more >

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Pruitt’s EPA Undermines Cellulosic Biofuels and Transparency in Government

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

The EPA Administrator Pruitt has been conducting much of his work to undermine the EPA’s mission in secret.  The recent proposed rule implementing the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) provides yet another example of the Pruitt EPA taking decisions that should be based on evidence, and substituting their political preferences instead.  Read more >

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An Insider’s View on the Value of Federal Research

Mike Haas, , UCS

Not long after receiving my doctorate in biochemistry I took a research position with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the main research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Prior to retiring in 2014 I had spent my entire career, 33 years, with ARS. I had a chance to see federal research from within the system. Contrary to what you may have heard, it’s been my experience that federal research is solutions-oriented, transparent, and nonpolitical.   Read more >

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San Ardo Oil Field, Monterey County, CA. Photo: Loco Steve CC-BY-SA 2.0 (Flickr).

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

, Western states policy manager

Policymakers are considering how California should cut global warming emissions by 40% between 2020 and 2030, and whether to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program beyond 2020. The oil industry supports the cap-and-trade program but wants to roll back California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. They argue the two policies just don’t mix—like oil and water, you might say. However, I see the two policies more like peanut butter and jelly—they are good on their own but so much better together. Read more >

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