26 Apr '12, 9pm

Palm oil industry lobbies EPA to reverse palm oil biofuel findings

Palm oil industry lobbies EPA to reverse palm oil biofuel findings

Palm oil industry lobbies EPA to reverse palm oil biofuel findings mongabay.com April 26, 2012 Deforestation for oil palm, which is used to produce palm oil, in Sumatra. PHoto by Rhett A. Butler Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil processor and trader, has hired a major lobbying firm to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's ruling that palm oil-based biodiesel will not meet greenhouse gas emissions standards under America's Renewable Fuels Standard, reports The Hill . Wilmar Oleo North America hired lobbying firm Van Ness Feldman to pressure the EPA on its finding that biofuels produced from palm oil do not offer substantial emissions savings relative to conventional gasoline. The EPA based its decision on analysis of lifecycle emissions from palm oil production, which at times occurs at the expense of carbon-dense rainforests and peatlands. The Hil...

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