ASA Applauds EPA RFS2 Final Rule Favorable to Biodiesel

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauds release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Final Rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS2) that provides a positive outcome for biodiesel and soy biodiesel. ASA has worked hard to educate EPA and policymakers to correct flaws in the original RFS2 Proposed Rule issued in 2009. Achieving a favorable outcome was vitally important as demand for domestically produced soybean oil and the future of the biodiesel industry in the United States hinged on the outcome.EPA’s Final Rule demonstrates that soy biodiesel can achieve significant reductions in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions relative to petroleum diesel. Even with the inclusion of questionable indirect land use variables, all soy biodiesel is deemed by EPA to exceed the 50 percent reduction threshold needed to qualify for the RFS2 biodiesel mandate.”This favorable EPA ruling is absolutely critical to the continued success of soybeans as a homegrown renewable fuelstock,” said ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio. “ASA and the biodiesel industry were able to demonstrate that some of EPA’s initial calculations regarding direct and indirect emissions were significantly flawed, and that the agency had used questionable indirect land use assumptions.”RFS2 has been a top priority for ASA. The initial rule proposed by EPA would have done unnecessary harm to the competitive position of the U.S. soy biodiesel industry. ASA generated significant grassroots support and provided extensive information during the EPA’s comment period on RFS2, resulting in thousands of comments from soybean producers and industry supporters being submitted to EPA.EPA will require the combined 2009 and 2010 volume levels to be met, which will require the utilization of 1.1 billion gallons of biodiesel by the end of 2010, significantly energizing demand for U.S. biodiesel producers.ASA is also pleased that agricultural feedstocks produced in the U.S. will be in compliance and no additional certification will be required unless the baseline level of approved agricultural land is exceeded. EPA will require certification for foreign feedstocks.”ASA fought against the burdensome and unnecessary requirement that renewable fuel manufactures prove that their feedstocks meet the definition of renewable biomass,” Joslin said.”Biodiesel is the cleanest burning biofuel currently used in commercial markets,” Joslin said. “Biodiesel is a renewable and sustainable energy source that can play a significant role in our national efforts to increase our energy security and improve our environmental footprint. Biodiesel has also provided a significant market opportunity for U.S. soybean farmers and jobs and economic development for rural communities.”While stressing the importance of the EPA’s RFS2 final rule to the biodiesel and soy industries, Joslin emphasized that biodiesel production likely won’t resume until Congress extends the biodiesel tax incentive.”The biodiesel tax incentive expired on December 31, 2009,” Joslin said. “Expiration of the tax incentive has essentially caused the production and use of biodiesel in the U.S. to cease and has placed the 23,000 jobs that are currently supported by the domestic biodiesel industry in immediate jeopardy. Companies have already started laying-off employees, and this situation is certain to worsen the longer the tax incentive is allowed to lapse.”last_img read more

Excessively noisy Xbox Ones mercifully being replaced by Microsoft

first_imgIf you’re the kind of trooper that stuck with the Xbox One through all of the pre-launch and post-launch nonsense because you knew the console could be great once the drama died down, you might have been rewarded with a very noisy box.After avoiding the initial always-online requirement, and after being able to unplug the Kinect and shove it in a drawer, your rejuvenated Xbox One might be a noisy nuisance. Luckily, rather than a drawn out public relations fiasco as is unfortunately customary for the Xbox One at this point, Microsoft will simply replace your console with a quieter box.Generally, computers make noise — especially when running resource intensive software, such as games. If you actually want to hear a game that you’re playing on a launch PS3, turning up the television’s volume is practically required. According to user reports on the official Xbox forums, this also appears to be the case for certain Xbox Ones. User reports should always be taken with a grain of salt, but Microsoft has given the issue legitimacy by starting a replacement program.The statement given by Microsoft doesn’t exactly confirm the issue — it’s filled with deflective language — but there must be some truth to the matter considering the company will replace your box.Some users on the forums claim that they have been experiencing the noise problem for months, while others say that retailers where the consoles were originally purchased have already made replacements available, but those replacements experienced the same issue.If your Xbox One is too noisy, you can begin the replacement process with Microsoft.last_img read more