Fossil fuel industry unleashes on Biden for halting key natural gas projects

A large coalition of more than 30 fossil fuel industry associations is raising the alarm over an expected White House decision to delay permitting for key natural gas export facilities over their potential climate impacts.

The groups — including the American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Exploration and Production Council (AXPC) — penned a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, saying the actions would be a "major mistake," harming U.S. jobs and putting allies at risk. The letter came shortly after The New York Times reported President Biden will soon order climate impact analyses for 17 proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal projects.

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Bioenergy & Bioproducts Education Programs (BBEP)

The Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education program is a USDA NIFA funded program that provides professional development opportunities for educators in the areas of Bioenergy and Bioproducts, Sustainability, and Systems Thinking. The program utilizes a suite of hands-on teaching tools, laboratory experiments, and classroom activities to convey the curriculum topics to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Agriculture Educators. Educators who teach grades 6 through Undergraduate level as well as Extension Educators and Pre-Service Educators are the target audience.

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Educational Resources: Bioenergy in the Classroom

Teacher and classroom bioenergy resources are a necessary component for exposing students to the benefits of renewable biomass and waste resources to develop low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts. The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has provided some of these available resources to help teachers and students learn about the value that bioenergy technologies can bring to a clean energy economy.

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Integrated Strategies to Enable Lower-Cost Biofuels

To support and advance the clean energy economy and diversify transportation fuel alternatives, the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is working to develop cost-effective strategies for producing bio-derived fuels and products. BETO has near-term targets for biofuel pathways that can achieve a modeled $3/gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) based on projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook. Recent trajectories in the price of petroleum highlight the need for even lower-cost pathways.

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Bioproduct Production

Developing bio-based products and chemicals that can enable biofuel production is an emerging research and development area for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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Carbon Negative Shot

Carbon dioxide removal encompasses a wide array of approaches that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) that is already in the atmosphere or ocean. The CO2can then be stored in geological, biobased, and ocean reservoirs or in value-added products. For example, it can be stored in low-carbon concrete and natural sinks such as forests, soils, wetlands, and oceans to create negative emissions (i.e., when more carbon is removed from the atmosphere or ocean than is generated by its removal).

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Energy Earthshots Initiative

The climate crisis calls for a different kind of moonshot. Energy Earthshots™ will accelerate breakthroughs of more abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy solutions within the decade. They will drive the major innovation breakthroughs that we know we must achieve to solve the climate crisis, reach our 2050 net-zero carbon goals, and create the jobs of the new clean energy economy. The Energy Earthshots target the remaining solution points of the most challenging technical problems across our energy economy.

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Two-Day Virtual Clean Fuels & Products Shot™ Summit

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host the Clean Fuels & Products Shot™ Summit on April 8, 2024, from 11am – 2pm ET, and April 9, 2024, from 11am - 4pm ET. Register today for the virtual event that will gather stakeholders across government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations to engage on the objectives, progress, priorities, and future plans for the seventh DOE Energy Earthshot™.

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On Its Journey To Make Clothing That Leaves No Trace, The North Face Taps the BOTTLE Consortium To Scale Biodegradable Polyester Alternative

When worn, washed, and dried, clothing sheds—dispersing tiny fibers throughout homes, soils, and waterways that can take centuries to degrade.

These fibers, often made of polyester and often too small to see, are a major—if invisible—source of microplastic pollution. By some estimates, fibers from polyester clothing account for nearly half of all microplastics in the natural environment, exacerbating a growing environmental and public health hazard.

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