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The 2015 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo Recap

The end of 2014 delivered two powerful shocks to the transportation fuels sector. First, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries refused to decrease production to offset reduced demand, leading to the lowest oil prices in years. Then, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would finish the year without setting annual federal renewable fuels volume requirements for gasoline and ...

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Lawyers Gone Wild

By Steve Abbate  There is a classic holiday movie called A Christmas Story. The story revolves around Ralphie, a young boy who wants a Daisy Red Ryder Range Model 1938 Air Rifle BB Gun for Christmas. In one scene, Ralphie’s younger brother is dressed by his mother to go to school. The mother puts several sweaters and coats on the brother ...

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Regulation as Hand-to-Hand Combat

I have often described the process of working legislation, engaging the regulatory community for a necessary change in rule/regulation or permitting a new facility as “hand-to-hand combat.” It is often a long, drawn out, messy, unpleasant, metaphorically bloody, unpredictable and frustrating process. It is also said that the “first causality of war is the battle plan,” which is to say nothing ever goes as planned. If you have ever permitted a new bulk plant and struggled to get it done, you know of what I speak.

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Speaking Up for the Industry

By Stephen Bennett When proposed legislation could help or hurt fuel oil marketers, the industry needs to make itself heard. How does it do that? Chris Herb, for one, calls his “go-to people.” The president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, based in Cromwell, said, “They’re extremely engaged. They want to be involved and they are actively looking to [participate], ...

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QAP for Confidence

Scammers trading in fraudulent renewable fuel identification numbers stole millions. A new EPA rule is designed to make sure that doesn't happen again.

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Clean Your Room

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

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The Fights that Needs Fighting!

I always remember a scene from the movie 'The American President" where Martin Sheen (chief of staff) tells Michael Douglass (president): 'You fight the fights you can win? You fight the fights that need fighting!"

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NORA is Back in Business

The National Oilheat Research Alliance has begun building a research and development agenda to be funded by the check-off program that was re-authorized by Congress.

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