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Appreciating the Military for Combating Climate Change

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Eaton | Posted 05.24.2016 | Green
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Eaton

As a former soldier, as well as a father and husband of other soldiers, there is much I appreciate about the military. But, perhaps one of the things I appreciate about it most, recently, is its commitment to leading the way on energy efficiency, and combatting climate change.

Biodiesel Tax Credit: Why Trump's Attack on Unbalanced Trade Policies Resonates With Voters

Paul Alexander | Posted 04.21.2016 | Green
Paul Alexander

Most attention has been paid to the U.S. trade deals with Mexico and China, because they number in the hundreds of billions of dollars, but one economic issue, which numbers in the hundreds of millions, is vitally important to the renewable energy industry.

'Green News Report' - February 2, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Sen. Ted Cruz promises to eliminate all energy subsidies -- but there's a...

Here's One Climate Issue Ted Cruz Actually Gets Right

Mother Jones | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

This story was produced and originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. With the Iowa caucu...

Majority of Presidential Candidates Support Controversial Fuel Standards

Andrew Clark | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Andrew Clark

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday at the 10th annual Iowa Renewable Fuels conference that he supports the notion to maintain the standard, a declaration that must have boded well with many citizens of a state with 41 corn ethanol plants in attendance.

Obama's Climate Change Hypocrisy

Paul Alexander | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Some commentators have argued President Barack Obama suffers from a failure of leadership. That was evidenced once again last week when he traveled to Paris to demand the world cut greenhouse gas emissions on the very day his administration was making moves that would do just the opposite.

Does Obama's Backtrack on Biofuels Undermine His Climate Change Message in Paris?

Paul Alexander | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Despite the terrorist attacks in Paris, French officials have announced the United Nations Convention on Climate Change will proceed as planned on November 30. The conference is expected to produce a blueprint to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of global warming.

Is Obama Doing Inhofe's Dirty Work on Biofuels?

Paul Alexander | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Paul Alexander

It's ironic, then, that even as Obama extolls the virtue of keeping fossil fuels in the ground, his administration is in the process of gutting the Renewable Fuel Standard, the most significant piece of legislation passed over the past decade to do just that.

Are White House Insiders With Connections to Big Oil Undermining the President's Climate Change Agenda?

Paul Alexander | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Paul Alexander

How in good faith can Obama lobby world leaders to fight climate change when his own administration has weakened the RFS, a law -- signed by George W. Bush no less! -- that has reduced greenhouse gas emissions since its inception a decade ago?

Not All Renewable Energy Is Created Equal

Kelly Stone | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Kelly Stone

Energy sources must be closely examined and their impacts on both the environment and communities accurately assessed. The world, and its most vulnerable people, cannot afford anything less.

As EPA Hands Down New Rules on Renewable Fuel Standard, Critics Say 'Blend Wall' a Fiction Created by Big Oil

Paul Alexander | Posted 06.28.2016 | Green
Paul Alexander

The idea that there is some reason why ethanol should be capped at 10 percent has led oil industry critics to charge that the blend wall is a fiction made up by Big Oil to protect its self-interest -- and its profits.

Save the Bees: Eliminate Biofuel Mandates

Angela Logomasini, Ph.D. | Posted 06.05.2016 | Green
Angela Logomasini, Ph.D.

It's clear why politicians in Congress continue to defend corn ethanol: They want to support from corn-growing constituents. The question is why the Obama Administration would choose corn growers over environmentalists, consumers, and even the pollinators they claim to want to protect.

Kate Sheppard

The EPA Announced New Requirements For Biofuels, And Basically Everyone Is Unhappy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed new volume requirements for biofuels, to a chorus of complaints from all sides. ...

Obama Saying So Long to Green Biofuels?

Paul Alexander | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Paul Alexander

In the seventh year of his presidency, Barack Obama is being forced to defend himself against the unusual charge that he's not progressive -- or at least not progressive enough. Forget that in the past critics have called him a socialist.

The New Sponsor of Terrorism: Climate Change

Jon Soltz | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Jon Soltz

Today, on Earth Day, let's continue to protect ourselves, and ask our politicians to vote for policies that protect us. Included in that is a campaign to defeat the newest sponsor of terrorism -- climate change.

GOP Senate Candidate Takes Heat For Big Oil Fundraiser

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst, who's running for Iowa's open seat, is under fire for planning to attend a fundraiser with the political action commi...

Ad Links Iraq To Domestic Gas Prices, Advocates For Preserving Renewable Fuel Rules

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The liberal group Americans United For Change released a new television ad Thursday tying the fight over domestic renewable fuel standar...

Big Oil and Big Corn Square Off: Biodiesel And Democrats Lose

Lindsay San Giacomo | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Lindsay San Giacomo

Until 2014, the Obama Administration always supported raising the RFS, which mandates the amount of biofuels blended into our national fuel supply every year. But now the EPA is proposing keeping the 2013 standards through 2015. The big question here is why.

Say What? White House Plots With Secretive Investment Firm With Ties to Bushes And Bin Ladens?

Paul Alexander | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

President Obama likes to say that his is "the most transparent administration" ever. But members of the environmental community and biofuel industry -- some of his most ardent supporters in the past -- might beg to differ.

Kate Sheppard

Some Democratic Senate Candidates Want To Talk About Climate; Others, Not So Much

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While Republican Senate candidates are nearly unanimous in their desire to either ignore or deny the existence of global warming, the ma...

Kate Sheppard

Oil And Gas Lobby Lays Out 2014 Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– The oil industry's leading lobby group, the American Petroleum Institute, debuted its 2014 agenda on Tuesday: Keystone, Keystone, and ...

Senators Face Uphill Battle With Latest Push

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - A group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill on Thursday to eliminate the corn ethanol...

Lobbyists Swarm Washington As EPA Mulls Cutting Biofuels Mandate

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green

By Cezary Podkul WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Industries with millions of dollars at stake over the U.S. government's plan to lower t...

The Renewable Fuel Standard Is Another Taxpayer-Funded Bailout

Ken Blackwell | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

We're all paying more at the pump. It's hurting consumers and dangerous for the fragile economy. And, it's because of a Washington handout to corn farmers and big Wall Street banks -- all disguised as a measure to promote renewable energy and clean-burning fuels.

Biofuels and Biomass Lose Favor: Investors Beware!

Rachel Smolker | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Rachel Smolker

Cutting, burning, and clearing our forests and fields to supply massive quantities of plant materials to electric utilities and refineries appears ever more ludicrous and misguided. Think ancient Mayan civilization collapse.