Mighty Earth is working to make sure US biofuel policy is truly green. As federal mandates drive a steep rise in production of corn ethanol and soy and palm biodiesel, it becomes more and more clear that increased crop production for these fuels destroys native habitats, pollutes drinking water, and worsens the climate crisis.

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Largest Set of Environmental Groups Ever Ask the EPA for Food-Based Biofuel Volume Reductions


Mighty Earth is proud to join nearly 20 organizations from around the world in asking the EPA to ensure that biofuel mandates are set at levels that don’t drive the destruction of native habitats.

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The Environmental and Climate Case for RFS Reform – Congressional Briefing


You’re Invited! The Environmental and Climate Case for RFS Reform – Congressional Briefing presented by the Safe Climate Caucus

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EU takes major steps toward making biofuels more sustainable. However, continued support for biomass energy is critical flaw.


All eyes were on Europe this month, as the European Union released its much anticipated, long-negotiated rewrite of renewable energy policy.

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Major EPA report confirms that biofuels drive land conversion, hurt biodiversity


A major report, just issued by the EPA, includes a sweeping condemnation of U.S. biofuel policy.

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“This is Biofuel” Advertising Campaign Highlights Damaging Environmental Impacts of U.S. Biofuel Mandates


Mighty Earth, ActionAid USA, Clean Air Task Force and Sierra Club announced the launch of an advertising campaign publicizing the environmental destruction caused by U.S. policies that mandate biofuel production.

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Biofuels Burning

Trudeau’s flawed biofuels plan repeats U.S. mistakes, undermines climate goals


Earlier this year, Mighty Earth chairman Henry Waxman, the former Congressman and environmental champion from California, wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a warning: tread carefully with biofuels policy.

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Pruitt declares biomass carbon neutral in major hit to climate


Scott Pruitt today declared the burning of trees for energy as carbon neutral.

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Mighty Earth Champions New Legislation to Reform Broken Biofuel Policy


The new bill seeks to end mandates for biofuels linked to deforestation and climate change pollution and extend support for truly sustainable biofuels. The legislation boosts efforts in Congress to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard in ways that benefit the environment.

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Environmentalists Urge Common-Ground Reform for Biofuels Mandate after Refinery Bankruptcy


Major conservation and environmental groups are calling for a scale-back of biofuel mandates, something that would benefit refiners like Philadelphia Energy Solutions.

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Investigation Into U.S. Renewable Fuels Policies Finds “Green” Biodiesel Producers Driving Massive Deforestation


A new investigation, “Burned: Deception, Deforestation, and America’s Biodiesel Policy” by the organizations Mighty Earth and ActionAid USA has found that biodiesel is not the environmentally friendly, “green” fuel claimed by industry producers.

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Statement on today’s EPA Biofuels: Administration “can’t even do the right thing for the wrong reasons”


This was a case where Trump should have done the right thing for the wrong reasons, but he managed to do the wrong thing anyway.

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In Rare Instance, Environmentalists Agree with Scott Pruitt’s EPA: Lower Biodiesel Mandates


It’s a shame that Pruitt is backing away from his agency’s proposal to reduce biodiesel levels. We don’t agree with the EPA on much of anything, but we did agree on this.

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Environmental group cries “fowl” over biodiesel event


The National Biodiesel Board offered Congressional members and staff free French fries today, but the group’s touting of used cooking oil misrepresents the real-world reality of biodiesel production. Environmentalists and their animal ‘friends’ attended the event to share information about the strong links between biodiesel and deforestation.

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Henry Waxman, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club and Others Urge EPA and Congress to Reduce Biofuel Mandates


A growing coalition of environmental and anti-hunger groups, including former Congressman Henry Waxman, now chairman of Mighty Earth, urged the EPA today to reconsider and reduce mandates for conventional, food-based biofuels. Over 40,000 individuals also commented to EPA in support of reducing volume levels.

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Mighty Earth Calls Out EPA on Dirty Biofuels Proposal


A proposal released last week by the EPA includes troubling news for tropical forests and other ecosystems threatened by encroaching industrial agriculture.

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Major Anti-Climate Provision Added to the Omnibus Appropriations Bill


“Just because Congress says burning trees for electricity is carbon neutral doesn’t mean that it is. This provision repeats some of the same mistakes in the Renewable Fuel Standard that has had massive unintended negative consequences for forests, the climate, and consumers. By incentivizing dirty energy, this policy will disadvantage truly clean renewables like wind and solar. "

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Victory: Biomass Loophole Removed from Legislation


BREAKING: the proposed amendment to federal legislation that would incentivize burning of biomass by declaring it “carbon-neutral” seems to be officially dead.

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PGE Tests Biomass at Boardman Coal Plant


Today, the Sierra Club released a report analyzing a proposal from Portland General Electric (PGE) to convert the state’s last coal plant in Boardman, Oregon into one of the world’s largest biomass facilities. The report finds that the proposal may pose major implications for air quality, forest health, and carbon reduction goals.

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Waxman blasts egregious biomass rider


Former California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman is criticizing language in the fiscal 2017 Interior Department and U.S. EPA spending bill he said would amount to a "loophole" that ignores carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of biomass for energy.

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