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Obama Gives Biofuels a Presidential Jumpstart

A news article by "Environment News Service",

To spur biofuels research and commercialization, President Barack Obama signed last Tuesday a Presidential Directive establishing a Biofuels Interagency Working Group. He announced his administration's notice of a proposed rulemaking on a national Renewable Fuels Standard and announced $786.5 million in additional Recovery Act funds for renewable fuel projects.

"We must invest in a clean energy economy that will lead to new jobs, new businesses and reduce our dependence on foreign oil," said President Obama. "The steps I am announcing today help bring us closer to that goal. If we are to be a leader in the 21st century global economy, then we must lead the world in clean energy technology. Through American ingenuity and determination, we can and will succeed."

The Biofuels Interagency Working Group will be co-chaired by the secretaries of agriculture and energy and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and will operate in cooperation with the National Science and Technology Council's Biomass Research and Development Board.

The Working Group is tasked with developing the nation's first comprehensive biofuel market development program. It will use existing authorities and identify new policies to support the development of next-generation biofuels, increase flexible fuel vehicle use, and assist in retail marketing efforts.

The Working Group will coordinate infrastructure policies that affect the supply, secure transport, and distribution of biofuels.

And the Working Group will identify new policy options to promote the environmental sustainability of biofuels feedstock production, taking into consideration land use, habitat conservation, crop management practices, water efficiency and water quality, as well as lifecycle assessments of greenhouse gas emissions.

In his directive, the President called on Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to immediately begin restructuring existing investments in renewable fuels as needed to preserve industry employment; and develop a comprehensive approach to accelerating the investment in and production of American biofuels and reducing the nation's dependence on fossil fuels.

Secretary Vilsack told reporters on a conference call this morning that the President's directive creates an "exciting opportunity for USDA."

"USDA must stimulate investment, persuade existing biorefineries to convert away from petroleum fuel to biofuels, and it's an opportunity for communities to convert as well," Vilsack said.

"The directive reflects Obama's commitment to rural America, he said. "It will create clean jobs, provide additional income opportunities for farmers and ranchers, energy security for every single American."

"Our responsibility is crafted, directed and shaped not just by this Presidential memo," said Vilsack, "but also by the energy title of the Farm Bill. Resources are available to farmers to audit their operations on the farm. Steps can be taken to convert to biofuels and away from fossil fuels. Once the audits are finished they can apply to USDA for additional resources to convert their operations to renewable energy. We are a financing mechanism for these changes. First doing the audit, then encouraging farms to move away from dependence on fossil fuel will impact footprint of agriculture generally."

To create advanced biofuels like green gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels, the Department of Energy will oversee the $786.5 million commercial biorefinery effort. The biomass program will leverage DOE's national laboratories, universities, and the private sector to help improve biofuels reliability and overcome technical challenges.

The $786.5 million in Recovery Act funding is a mix of new funding opportunities and additional funding for existing projects. More than half the money, $480 million, will fund integrated pilot-scale and demonstration-scale biorefineries, and an additional $176.5 million will fund commercial-scale biorefinery projects.

Fundamental research in key program areas will get $110 million and $20 million will be spent for ethanol research.

"Developing the next generation of biofuels is key to our effort to end our dependence on foriegn oil and address the climate crisis - while creating millions of new jobs that can't be outsourced," said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. "With American investment and ingenuity, and resources grown right here at home, we can lead the way toward a new green energy economy."

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Lab have been working on developing biofuels made from nonedible plants like prairie grasses, wood chips and harvested corn and wheat leftovers. They are close to achieving a U.S. Department of Energy goal - producing by 2012 cellulosic ethanol cheap enough to compete with conventional gasoline.

The President also announced the EPA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the nation's first Renewable Fuel Standard. This proposal outlines the EPA's strategy for increasing the supply of renewable fuels to reach 36 billion gallons by 2022, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Four categories of renewable fuels will be established: cellulosic biofuels; biomass-based diesel; advanced biofuels; and total renewable fuel.

In 2022, the proposal would require 36 billion gallons annually of renewable fuels, of which 16 billion gallons must be cellulosic biofuels; and 1 billion gallons must be of biomass-based diesel. At most 15 billion gallons of the renewable fuel mandate can be met with conventional biofuels, including corn-based ethanol.

Increasing renewable fuels will reduce dependence on foreign oil by more than 297 million barrels a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 160 million tons a year when fully phased in by 2022, the administration estimates.

For the first time, some renewable fuels must achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions compared to the gasoline and diesel fuels they displace. Refiners must meet the requirements to receive credit toward meeting the new standards.

EPA also will conduct peer reviews on the lifecycle-analysis methodology and the results for various fuels and feed-source combinations. Lifecycle refers to the greenhouse gas emissions over the life of the fuels.

"As we work towards energy independence, using more homegrown biofuels reduces our vulnerability to oil price spikes that everyone feels at the pump," said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. "Energy independence also puts billions of dollars back into our economy, creates green jobs, and protects the planet from climate change in the bargain."

Nathanael Greene, director of Renewable Energy Policy at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said, "The opportunity to review EPA's proposal will help ensure that developing biofuels won't mean using our most fragile forests for fuel and that biofuels provide real benefits. We plan to submit comments on what EPA has gotten right and what must be improved to make sure the outcome serves our environmental and energy needs."

"We must develop biofuels the smart way, and we are encouraged that EPA Administrator Jackson has offered a science-based proposal to get this done," said Greene. "If we get the rules of the road right through policies such as this one, we can harness the ingenuity of America's farmers, foresters, and entrepreneurs to create a new generation of biofuels that will help create jobs and reduce our dependence on oil."

Bob Dinneen, president and chief executive of the Renewable Fuels Association, said, "President Obama is making clear once and for all that biofuels are critical to the nation's economic, environmental and energy strength. Investments in biofuels, like ethanol, are creating green jobs here at home, reducing America's foreign oil dependence, and helping to meet our environmental goals."

"America's ethanol industry faces an unprecedented set of opportunities as well as challenges," Dinneen said. "Revolutionary new technologies that turn once thought of waste materials into renewable fuel are very close at hand. These technologies will create the kind of economic and green job opportunities, as well as provide cleaner solutions to petroleum use, that President Obama desires."

"Yet, uncertainty remains for many of these technologies as unproven science and questionable logic are being used to penalize existing biofuel producers for carbon emissions occurring halfway around the globe for reasons that may have little, or nothing, to do with U.S. biofuel production," he said.

The ethanol industry is concerned that EPA has attempted to calculate indirect emissions that occur as a result of indirect land use changes from rainforest to biofuels crops, for instance, in the United States as well as internationally.

"The controversial notion of indirect land use changes impacts, including those happening outside the United States, are thought to greatly reduce ethanol's greenhouse gas benefit," said Dinneen.

"We welcome an open and robust science-based discussion of the indirect impacts of all fuels," said Dinneen. "The science of market-mediated, secondary impacts is very young and needs more reliance on verifiable data, and less reliance on unproven assumptions. Done correctly, such an analysis will demonstrate a significant carbon benefit is achieved through the use of ethanol from all sources."
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Commander-Cupcake Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
The planet is fine, the people are f***ed. -George Carlin
sweet-chan95 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
you're right ^ ^
and from the picture looks funny ^ ^
TV-OMEGA Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
übercool coloring!
Phantomgirl96 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:D Good job!

Elchanan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!:hug:
link4sword Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
o god now he's gonna move on to planet reach
supernaturalnikka Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Nice drawing of obama! You're really great.
PerianArdocyl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Man, this is great. xD
FrisianDude Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
What an amazing work. :laughing: Very nice. Too bad it has attracted quite a lot of political dumbfuckery.
laughincrazy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
please do not send me any more "b-o"/obarfa picture...yes they are very's just that i can't stand him.
FrisianDude Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
he. did. not. SEND YOU ANYTHING. He uploaded it and if you watch him, you see all deviations he uploads. What you think of mr Obama has NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH THAT.
SMerle Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
excellent work Ben and informative. Although we all have our political opinions. This piece has no political agenda with the exception to inform, that I can see. I take it for its art value and keep my opinions to myself.
gippy420 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
love it!!!
Izaran Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
I don't have to view the image, or read the artists comments to know this is a pot full of shit.
Lemme guess, the NEA paid you to do this? No surprise. The corruption in the Obama White House is on a grand scale never seen before. Its a shame you can't open your eyes long enough to see what is happening. I hate both political parties, but I really hate the rotten, filthy, double-standard, smear, and predatory politics of the Democratic Party. Not to mention I ABHOR Fascism to the absolute. And if you cannot see how Barack Obama is a Fascist, then I pity your blindness. One day, he will make his EVIL move on our Rights, and on that day, God have mercy on his soul...
godsart Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
xD An american president *laugh* wants to help bettering the world...O.O How ironic... Third largest energy coming country doesn't want anything but
MONEY= POWER lol... even if you take mother teressa as a president, as soon as he gives a speech that dissadventages oil-bosses or the weapon-business he will get a straight bullet in his heas...
It takes more then ONE man to change that...
Maybe do it with a thousand? That would be the best option...
silvertheironknight Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
hes not out to SAVE anyone except the dem party. OBAMA WANTS THE GOVERNMENT TO OWN YOU
Izaran Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
HELLO! Kudos! you are correct!
indiana-glory Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
whoa you should show that to him yourself!!!
rucorock Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
I think yuo have too many expectations on Obama, nice work.
SilverSal Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
if only it was that easy...::sigh::
Kajm Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
More food taken out of the mouths of brown people world-wide.
poderiu Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
what a fantasy world...
well put. we're living in a dream world indeed.
Garrison-Kelly Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Writer
I love that Nelson Mandella smile on his face. Maybe the two aren't too far apart ;)
James-Lee Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009   Photographer
My son loves this one!
Heimdall-chan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
He's not saving anyone. :/
CBV-BLOODOATH Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Who will save us from him?[link]
CapnJon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Let's hope that President Obama can lead us through this rough time, and we shall do our part too eh Ben?
inObrAS Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
sandy-and-max-4ever Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
o.o those ears can save our world o.o
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