Study: RFS Has Slashed GHG Emissions by Nearly a Billion Metric…

first_img SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 12, 2021 Previous articleThe Hoosier Ag Today Podcast for February 12, 2021Next articleHAT Market Analysis for 2/12/21 with Bob Utterback Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Study: RFS Has Slashed GHG Emissions by Nearly a Billion Metric Tons… A new analysis from a renowned carbon accounting firm finds that the greenhouse gas emission reductions achieved under the Renewable Fuel Standard far exceed the reductions originally projected by EPA. Between 2008 and 2020, the use of biofuels under the RFS has resulted in cumulative savings of 980 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions.The research, which updates the results from a previously published study, was conducted for the Renewable Fuels Association by Stefan Unnasch and Debasish Parida of Life Cycle Associates.The greater-than-expected GHG savings are attributable to several factors: corn ethanol provided larger GHG reductions than anticipated by EPA; the actual carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel was worse than estimated by EPA; and use of biodiesel and renewable diesel exceeded EPA’s original expectations.“The Renewable Fuel Standard has been the single most effective and efficient policy we’ve ever had for decarbonizing our nation’s transportation fuels,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “This research clearly demonstrates that the RFS has already put us firmly on the path toward net-zero GHG emissions by mid-century, and the program will continue to serve as the bedrock for future efforts to combat climate change. The RFS has overachieved its original expectations, and renewable fuel producers and farmers across the country should be extremely proud of their important role in securing 1 billion metric tons of carbon reduction.”According to the report, the carbon intensity of corn-based ethanol used toward the RFS is now 45% below the carbon intensity of gasoline, having dropped 20% between 2008 and 2020. The authors attribute ethanol’s shrinking carbon footprint primarily to improvements in the corn ethanol production process, growth in the use of low-carbon biogas as the process fuel, and the elimination of coal as a thermal energy source for dry mill ethanol plants.Cooper noted that the Life Cycle Associates study is consistent with recently released research from Environmental Health & Engineering Inc., which showed that GHG emissions for ethanol are 32% to 62% lower than gasoline, with a central best estimate of 46%. In addition, the assessment showed that carbon emissions from converting prior land uses to corn farming make up only 7% of the biofuel’s total GHG emissions—a much smaller amount than generally recognized.Source: Renewable Fuels Association release SHARE Study: RFS Has Slashed GHG Emissions by Nearly a Billion Metric Tons to Datelast_img read more

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Knight Frank blow as US partner explores rival link

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FIFA Statistics: Miralem Pjanić among 25 best Players on Mundial

first_img(source: Radiosarajevo.ba) After the last round of the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil, the FIFA has published statistics on its official  website.The top rated player is Colombian James Rodriguez with a grade of 9.79. The second best player is, , Ivan Perišić with a grade of 9.74.Our best evaluated Dragon is our Little Prince, Miralem Pjanić who has a high score of 9.17 and occupies the 24th place on the list of the best players.As a reminder, Pjanić scored one goal and had one assist during Mundijal, but apart from that he was the brain and the engine of our team.Pjanić played a maximum of 270 minutes in three games, and for that time he had the percentage of 83,7 % of successful passes.Very close to Pjanic was Edin Dzeko, who has received a rating of 9.14 and occupied the 26th  position.last_img read more

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Clairton’s Desimon Green lights up Chartiers-Houston, 48-0

first_imgIn a rare battle of undefeated teams, Chartiers-Houston at Clairton, the Bears (4-0) stomped the Buccaneers (3-1) as badly as everyone else they’ve faced this season, winning 48-0 in front of a sold out Neil C. Brown Stadium last Friday night. While storms rolled through the region causing many to be without power; Clairton’s high-powered offense electrified the home crowd. When you talk about football talent in the WPIAL, the first name in the conversation has to be Desimon Green. At 6-5 and 230 pounds, Green often looks like a man among boys. He draws comparison to the Tennessee Titans Vince Young and Ohio State’s Heisman trophy candidate, Terrelle Pryor. Green completed 5 of 9 passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns. He carried the ball only five times for 60 yards.Clairton took the opening kickoff and marched down the field. Brandon Small, who rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns, opened the scoring with a 6-yard run. The biggest sleeper in the WPIAL this year may be Josh Page. Page caught touchdown passes of 32 and 22 yards.Chartiers-Houston was the epitome of sloppiness Friday night, gaining more penalties yards than total offensive yards.Clairton, the WPIAL and PIAA No. 1 Class A team, has forced the mercy rule in all four games. Under the rule, the clock runs continuously in the second half when a team gets ahead by 35 points or more. Clairton has outscored its opponents, 204-12 and they are averaging over 50 points a game.Clairton owns the state’s longest winning streak at 19 games and may be the best team in the state and one of the top teams in the country. The Bears, a traditional WPIAL football powerhouse, won WPIAL titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009. They have played in two consecutive PIAA championship games, and claimed the state gold last season.Defensive coordinator Wayne “Rinky” Wade saw his unit produce another shutout. Clairton has now produced a shutout in 18 of its past 36 games. It could be argued that no WPIAL or City League team has ever looked as dominant defensively as this group of Grizzly Bears. Is Clairton just too good for Class A competition?“No, Rochester is better than Clairton,” said Char­tiers-Houston coach Terry Fetsko. “Clairton showed poor sportsmanship. We didn’t have our best night. We have a good running tandem with Joey Joscsak and Garrett Vulcano. I would like to get another crack at them on a neutral site.”Many experts feel that Clairton is the class of the WPIAL. Better than Woodland Hills, North Alle­gheny, Hopewell and Ali­quippa. Westinghouse and General Braddock dominated the 1950s and ’60s. Penn Hills dominated the 1970s. Aliquippa in the 1980s and the new millennium seems to belong to Clairton.“I have never seen this much speed and talent on a high school team,” said athletic trainer Tammy Ridgley. “We have Trenton Coles, the fastest player in the state, Brandon Small, Josh Page, Bishop Neal, Karvonn “Mud Puppy” Coles, Deon Ellis, Brian Boyd and Pitt recruit Desimon Green.” Maybe it is time to mention Green in the same breath as Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino, Dwight Collins, Lavar Arrington, Bill Fralic, Eugene Jarvis, Justin King, Darrelle Revis and Pryor.Good fortune has been with Clairton as late coach Demonje Rosser looks over the team. Rosser was shot and killed March 26, 2009 and the crime remains unsolved. His spirit is still with the players and community. Many people, including most of the Clairton players, believe that the only way the Bears will lose this season will be if the team beats itself. MAN AMONG BOYS—Clairton quarterback Desimon Green threw four touchdown passes in the Bears 48-0 win over Chartiers-Houston. (Photo by William McBride) last_img read more

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