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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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Clearing the First Hurdle: Regaining Momentum for Federal Fuels Policy

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

There are no quick or easy answers, but the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to get the Renewable Fuels Standard back on track is balanced and flexible. It will take more than one rulemaking process to clean up our fuel system, but the EPA’s proposal is a good start, helping accelerate the transition from oil to clean, renewable alternatives. Read more >

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Interview with Harvard’s James Stock: Navigating a Sensible Middle Path Forward on the Renewable Fuel Standard

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

Earlier this month I had the chance to sit down with Professor James Stock of Harvard University to discuss the future of biofuels and the key federal policy governing them, the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

Professor Stock served as a member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors in 2013 and 2014. He was deeply involved in deliberations about the RFS during his tenure, and it was in that context that I first met him, back in October 2013, when I went to the White House to offer perspective on how best to implement the RFS. Read more >

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Major Surgery or Physical Therapy? Why Stability, Balance and Flexibility are the Right Prescription to Put the Renewable Fuel Standard Back on Track

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is in rough shape after a couple years of controversy and uncertainty, and some critics are calling for the removal of major elements of the policy.  But the RFS is needed to maintain steady progress on clean fuels, and such invasive surgery is the wrong prescription to fix what ails it. Instead something like physical therapy is required. Read more >

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Is Small Farmers’ Firewood Use Burning up the Forests?

, sr. scientist & dir., Climate Research and Analysis

For many years, small farmers in developing countries have been blamed for deforestation because of the way that they make breakfast. While in developed countries nearly everyone cooks with fossil fuels, or with electricity generated by fossil fuels or hydroelectricity, in developing countries firewood still predominates, especially among the poorest people in rural areas. But is this really an important driver of deforestation—and thus a major contributor to global warming? A new study—the most in-depth and comprehensive look at the subject yet—says no.

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Low Carbon Fuels: How Clean Fuels Can Power the West Coast and Beyond

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

UCS-commissioned research released today is the latest to find that, with stable policies, we can achieve ambitious clean fuels goals. Recent publications from UC Davis, the International Council on Clean Transportation and E4Tech have drawn similar conclusions. As California prepares to readopt their 2010 Low Carbon Fuel Standard, we are seeing clear evidence that diverse types of clean fuel can be make a significant contribution to cutting oil use and transportation carbon pollution. Read more >

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