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April 25, 2013
Senate EPW Committee Expected To Take Up EPA Nominee
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has stated that she expects the Committee to consider and vote on President Obama's pick for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Gina McCarthy, in the coming weeks. The nomination is expected to pass the Committee and the full Senate despite recent public statements by Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) that he will not support McCarthy. McCarthy has served as EPA's Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation since 2009. In this position, McCarthy has helped oversee among ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Renewable Energy Supporter Max Baucus To Retire From The U.S. Senate
Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) has announced that he will not run for another term in the U.S. Senate in 2014. This announcement may present a challenge to the biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products sectors, as Baucus has been a leading supporter of renewable energy ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Renewable Chemicals Eligible Under Reintroduced MLP Legislation
On April 24, 2013, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) reintroduced the "Master Limited Partnership Parity Act," legislation that would give certain renewable energy companies the ability to organize themselves as master limited partnerships (MLP). Currently, only energy companies in traditional fossil fuel sectors may organize as MLPs. Renewable energy advocates support this MLP legislation as a potential tool to help raise much needed capital, as MLPs are taxed as partnerships, but establish ownership shares that can be traded like traditional stock on an exchange. This year's ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Developments On Moniz Nomination For DOE Secretary
While Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has placed a hold on the nomination of Ernest Moniz for the next Secretary of Energy, the full Senate could soon consider and approve the nomination. Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the nomination by a vote of 21-1, with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) dissenting because Moniz would not commit to continuing the Department of Energy's (DOE) plan to construct a facility to make mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel from surplus weapons-grade plutonium at the Savannah River site located near Aiken, South Carolina. It was reported that ... read more >
April 12, 2013
Renewable Fuel Standard Developments
The federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) continues to be challenged by opponents, mainly in the oil and gas industry, on legislative, regulatory, and legal fronts. Just after President Obama's reelection last year, the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced that it had changed its position on the RFS from reform to repeal. Many supporters of the RFS, including most leading biofuels trade associations, believe that the policy is working as intended to stimulate investment in the development and commercialization of the U.S. biofuels industry, and should therefore remain ... read more >
April 12, 2013
Department of Energy Developments
Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee Hears From Energy Pick On April 9, 2013, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, led by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), held a confirmation hearing on President Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Ernest Moniz. Moniz began his career in 1973 and since that time has alternated between positions as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the U.S. Department of Energy. He faced tough questions on his stated support for an "all of the above" energy policy and natural gas. Moniz ... read more >
February 14, 2013
B2PAC, SCD-iBIO Form Alliance to Advance Commercialization of Industrial Biotechnology
Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2013) -- The Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC), an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C), and the Society for the Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology (SCD-iBIO), an affiliate of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), announced today the formation of a new alliance to advance the commercialization of industrial biotechnology and biobased products. According to a recently released report from Lux Research, industrial biotechnology and biobased product development is experiencing a robust ... read more >
November 2, 2012
BioBased Products Advocacy Consortium Website Launch
Welcome to the newly launched B2PAC ... read more >
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