Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms, and Forests

A weekly look at sustainable bioenergy, farm, and forest policy issues

April 18, 2014

DOE Recommits to Public-Private Research & Development for Clean Fuels in Its 2015 Budget

The marketplace has diminished in the past year for biofuels due to regulatory and infrastructure issues. The 40 percent proposed reduction of the RFS has created uncertainty for producers and investors; the domestic oil and gas boom, as well as overall reduced consumption of gasoline in the past few years have sowed doubt in the biofuels sector. Meanwhile, advanced biofuels are getting closer to production levels.

White House Releases Wildland Fire Management Strategy, Highlights Need for Integration of Forestry Products into Wildfire Management

Prolonged heat, drought, pests and decades of accumulated fuel-build up in our forests have contributed to ever-worsening wildfire seasons. Wildfire season lasts two months longer and burns twice as much land as compared to 40 years ago. The U.S. National Climate Assessment predicts that for every 1.8 degree of surface temperature rise, the Western wildfire area may quadruple. 2014 is looking like it will be no exception this trend, with deep and prolonged drought still gripping most of the West.

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