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.

Reports

Burned


January 2018

Biodiesel is not the environmentally friendly, “green” fuel claimed by industry producers. On-the-ground investigators documented bulldozing, burning and the recent clearance of 30,000 acres of forest to plant new soy fields in northern Argentina, which supply some of the same companies producing soy biodiesel for export to the United States.

Download

Updates

Field Dispatch: Activists Meet with Congressional Staffers on Dirty Biodiesel


Following Mighty Earth’s Forests + Food ≠ Fuel event at SouthFace in May, event attendees and volunteers wanted to do more than just raise awareness on biofuels—they wanted to act!

Read More

Biodiesel Tax Credit Advances Despite Major Environmental and Climate Concerns


Food-based biofuels fail to address climate crisis and contribute to environmental destruction in the U.S. and around the world

Read More

Activists Tell Congress: Stop Supporting Dirty Biofuels


Last week, more than 80 concerned citizens gathered in Atlanta to join Mighty Earth, Dogwood Alliance, and more than 20 co-hosting organizations to mobilize against dirty bioenergy. The event, Forests + Food ≠ Fuel, featured a screening of the documentary Burned, an audience discussion on the environmental impact of burning food-based biofuels, and a call-to-action for Congress to oppose dirty biofuels.

Read More

Former Congressman Waxman: New GAO Report Shows Biofuels “Not a Serious Solution to Climate Change”


A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office has found that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has failed to meet its economic or environmental goals. In response, former Congressman Henry Waxman, now chairman of Mighty Earth has released a statement

Read More

Industry Groups Still Misleading Public on Biofuels


The full carbon footprint of biodiesel is as bad or worse than that of dirty fossil fuels.

Read More

Dozens of Iowa-Based Groups and More than 91,000 People Ask Presidential Candidates to Reject Failed Biofuels Policy


Through both in-person and digital deliveries, all of the 2020 presidential candidates are hearing from more than 50 Iowa-based groups and leaders and more than 91,000 people concerned about the damage that our nation’s biofuels addiction is causing the environment.

Read More

Biofuels Boondoggle: RFS Responsible for Massive Habitat Loss, Annual Climate Emissions Equal to 7 Coal Power Plants


New data released today by the National Wildlife Foundation shows that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has led to increased climate emissions as well as dramatic, unsustainable habitat loss in Iowa and throughout the United States.

Read More

Iowa activists urge presidential candidates to reject food-based biofuels


Today, environmental advocacy organization Mighty Earth launched a new effort to urge the 2020 presidential candidates and political leaders to reject food-based biofuels as a viable solution to climate change.

Read More

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.

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

“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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Pruitt declares biomass carbon neutral in major hit to climate


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

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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. "

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More