Biofuels, Electrification, Efficiency: All Necessary in Transport Sector Decarbonization
Rather than betting on one technology over another – business leaders and policy makers need to get serious about the necessary contributions that low-carbon biofuels, electrification and efficiency will each need to provide in the transportation sector. Only through using these technologies together in a complementary fashion will countries have the ability to cost-effectively make the necessary emission cuts to the transportation sector.
Ag-Energy Programs on Chopping Block – Group Seeks Support of Imperiled Programs
As House and Senate appropriators consider funding levels for FY 2018, the Energy Title programs (Title IX of the Farm Bill) that support renewable energy production on farms and growth of the bioeconomy – are imperiled.
The Farm Bill’s Energy Title provides loans and grants to farmers, ranchers, and small businesses to encourage investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and the production of renewable bioproducts such as fuels and chemicals. Despite its strong bipartisan roots in the 2002 Farm Bill, the Energy Title has long had a target on its back. When the 2014 Farm Bill was signed into law, it contained $694 million in mandatory funding for the Energy Title, less than 1 percent of overall Farm Bill spending. Since then, appropriators and special interest groups have successfully sought to cut the Energy Title, despite its importance to rural America.
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