A report released a couple of weeks ago by the USDA’s BioPreferred Program, “Why Biobased?” provides a very positive overview of economic opportunities in the emerging biobased economy. Those opportunities include a revival of U.S. manufacturing and new job creation, economic growth in rural agricultural communities, and production of new environmentally preferable consumer products. Read more about the economic opportunities in the biobased economy as Brent Erickson’s (EVP of Biotechnology Industry Organization) column continues at biofuelsdigest.com.
Recently, the White House unveiled its Climate and Natural Resources Priority Agenda. The plan recognizes the significant contributions working forests, sustainable forest products and biomass energy markets make toward our nation’s climate solution. In short, it shows the Administration understands working forests work for the climate. Yet, lurking behind the positive announcement from the White House is the lingering uncertainty about how the EPA will treat working forests in forthcoming policies. NAFO President and CEO Dave Tenny offers his thoughts on the matter.
SAFER Advisory Board member Tim Hughes (Director of Biofuels, Department of Energy Development and Independence, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet) was interviewed by Jim Lane of Biofuels Digest. Read the full interview here.
October 22, 2014, is the second annual National Bioenergy Day. Currently, 40 host sites from 24 states are scheduled to showcase their research, progress, and impacts in producing local bioenergy for local use. To help you find an event near your location, the organizers have created a National Bioenergy Day website to help hosts sites and interested parties connect. The website features information and links to the various event sites, bioenergy FAQs, and bioenergy news. Please visit www.bioenergyday.org.
David Garman, assistant secretary and undersecretary of Energy from 2001-2007 under the George W. Bush administration, penned an op-ed that appeared in The Hill. The op-ed urges the EPA to utilize tools and metrics that encourage private forest land sustainability and long-term productivity when unveiling its accounting method for bioenergy greenhouse gas emissions. Please see Mr. Garman’s article at the following link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-environment/218565-epa-must-focus-on-forest-fact-versus-fiction