Traditional petroleum-based plastics that can survive for centuries are piling ever deeper across once pristine beaches and ocean floors around the world. According to a report from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “the ocean is expected to contain one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight).”
The omnibus funding bill for 2018 that President Donald Trump signed into law last week specifically acknowledges “the importance of the deployment of wireless broadband services in rural areas of the United States.”
Last year, U.S. cellulosic ethanol production rose to 10 million gallons, a milestone but still a tiny fraction of the 2007 Energy Bill’s original 5.5 billion-gallon mandate for 2017. Still, with the lure of big premiums, the industry expects the expansion to continue.
The U.S. ethanol industry is fighting to maintain its record-setting growth despite the oil industry’s continuing attacks and the surge in global protectionism that threatens American exports of the corn-based biofuel.
The biofuels and fossil fuels industries are aggressively jockeying for position in the run-up to 2022 when the U.S. EPA will have broad discretion to re-write the rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates the use of ethanol, biodiesel and other biofuels in the nation's transportation fuel supply.
In writing the five-year 2018 farm bill, Congress could add new provisions to support aquaculture, with the added benefit of boosting soybean growers’ income, according to testimony at a Senate hearing Tuesday.
The Ford Motor Company is championing world-wide efforts to use more agricultural resources in cars, trucks and other products. This push to increase the use of sustainable, renewable ag materials echoes Henry Ford's efforts to build indestructible car bodies from soybean-based bioplastics and his early steering wheels from wheat straw.