Tuesday, February 28, 2017

[biofuelwatch] Biofuel and oil lobbies join forces to oppose electric car subsidies [1 Attachment]

Big Corn Courts Old Foe Big Oil To Combat Electric Car Threat | Farms.com

By Chris Prentice

Feb 23, 2017

A U.S. biofuels lobbying group on Tuesday said it is seeking to work with longtime rival the oil industry to fight the threat to both from subsidies for electric vehicles.

The two industries have been at loggerheads for years as they seek sway with Washington over how much biofuel should be included in gasoline and diesel.

But that enmity is thawing as the growing number of electric cars on the road threatens to cut demand for both renewable and conventional fuels.

The two groups are more aligned on many objectives than they have previously acknowledged, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President Bob Dinneen said on Tuesday, noting electric vehicles as one area where both sides have concerns.

"We want to make sure there's a level playing field," Dinneen told reporters on the sidelines of an annual meeting.

The RFA sees opportunity to work on key regulatory and other issues with Big Oil, he added.

"Our objectives will align more times than not," Dinneen said to two representatives from the petroleum industry on a panel.

Oil advocates agreed that electric vehicles are cause for concern to the transportation fuel sector.

"(We) think we should be working to promote the longevity of the internal combustion engine," said Chet Thompson, president of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), in a presentation on Tuesday.

The group welcomes RFA and others pointing out what he described as "inequities" in the support the electric vehicle industry receives, Thompson told Reuters.

Consultants CRU Group say electric car and plug-in hybrid vehicle sales could hit 4.4 million in 2021 and exceed 6 million by 2025, up from 1.1 million last year.

The administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama saw electric vehicles as part of the solution to increasing fuel economy.

The comments come as Scott Pruitt takes up his role as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Pruitt was a controversial selection for the role by President Donald Trump, as he sued the agency numerous times when he was the attorney general of oil-producing state Oklahoma.

He is a critic of the Renewable Fuel Standard, through which the agency sets annual requirements for the volumes of ethanol and biodiesel blended with gasoline and diesel.

Trump has promised to reduce regulations to help boost drilling and manufacturing industries.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

[biofuelwatch] Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate - BBC News


A new report says that using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a highly flawed policy.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

[Biofuelwatch] "Ditch Coal" protest in London, 8th February

"Ditch Coal" protest in London, 8th February
Join the "Ditch Coal Now" protest in London, 8th February
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Wednesday, 8th February, 12 noon
outside the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2AW

Come along and help with public sculpture-making:
8th February, 10am to 6pm (same location)
Next Wednesday, 8th February, is the final day of the Government's consultation about phasing out coal burning in UK power stations.  

We will be joining Coal Action Network, London Mining Network and Friends of the Earth for a protest outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London, to demand that coal burning must be stopped without delay.  

The Government wants to ensure that coal will continue to be burned in power stations until 2025.  And they are proposing loopholes which might allow coal to be burned even longer (see here for our joint background briefing with Coal Action Network).  The biggest of the proposed loopholes would see coal power stations classed as meeting the (Carbon) Emissions Performance Standard and thus remaining open if large amounts of biomass are burned alongside coal. 

We cannot allow this to happen!  The UK's coal power stations must be closed without delay.  

Please come along if you're in or near London, and please help to share details of this protest, including the Facebook Events Page.
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