Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More than a decade after the original renewable fuel standard (RFS) was signed into law, progress has been made toward its goals of energy security, clean air and boosting local economies, according to a new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association, “RFS Impacts: By the Numbers.” The analysis comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to soon issue its proposed 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS.Congress adopted the RFS in 2005 and expanded it in 2007. The program requires oil companies to blend increasing volumes of renewable fuels with gasoline and diesel, culminating with 36 billion gallons in 2022.The analysis looked at data on how the world has changed since adoption of the RFS. Specifically, the analysis compares key data points and indicators from 2005 and 2007 to data from 2016.Among the highlights:The number of operational U.S. ethanol plants has grown from 81 in 2005 to 213 in 2016, while ethanol production has grown from 3.9 billion gallons to 15.3 billion gallons, a nearly 300% increase;U.S. ethanol industry jobs grew 121% from 153,725 in 2005 to 339,176 in 2016, and the value of the industry’s output quadrupled from $8.1 billion to $32.8 billion;U.S. corn production has grown from 11.1 billion bushels in 2005 to 15.2 bushels in 2016, a 36% increase, while average yields grew from 147.9 bushels per acre to 174.6 bushels per acre;U.S. petroleum net import dependence has dropped from 60% in 2005 to 25% in 2016, and would have been 33% last year without ethanol;The number of retail gasoline stations offering flex fuels like E85 to flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) grew 728% from 2005 to 2016, while the number of FFVs on the road grew 239%; andEthanol’s role in cleaning the air has increased, with notable reductions in emissions of both greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants.Meanwhile, the negative outcomes that opponents of the RFS suggested would occur simply have not materialized:Corn acres in 2016 were only 0.5% larger than in 2007, while total cropland was down more than 20 million acres (5%);Corn prices in 2016 were actually 19% lower than in 2007, while the corn surplus was 42% larger;Water use for irrigating corn trended lower, while the size of the Gulf hypoxia zone shrunk 14% between 2007 and 2016;Deforestation in the Amazon fell 58% between 2005 and 2016;Retail food price inflation was just 0.3% in 2016, compared to 2.4% in 2005 and 4% in 2007;Prices for red meat, poultry, fish, cereals and bakery items, and dairy actually experienced price deflation in 2016, compared to modest inflation in 2005 and 2007;U.S. milk production in 2016 was 20% higher than 2005, while red meat and poultry production was up 12%; andThe U.N. global food price index was just 0.1% higher in 2016 than it was in 2007, while the number of people undernourished worldwide was down 16%.“As this analysis clearly shows, the RFS has made a huge impact on consumers, providing them with greater choice at the pump, while cleaning the air and boosting local economies,” said Bob Dinneen, RFA President and CEO. “With EPA expected to propose its 2018 RFS obligations in the near future, the agency needs to look no further than this document for what impact this vital program has had on our nation. We look forward to EPA continuing to implement a strong RFS to ensure future growth for our industry and the positive impact it has throughout all sectors of our economy.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Trent Brisby’s territory in Northwest Ohio, the time to chop silage is just around the corner. He visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about things to think about before silage harvest begins. He also covers the variability of crops in his area and reveals an update to the Encirca Services app in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
Maria Sharapova of Russia competes against Jennifer Brady of the United States during day 1 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 31, 2017 in Stanford, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPFive-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week’s WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury.The move came a week after the former world number one from Russia withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew after her opening-round victory.ADVERTISEMENT Sad farewell for injured Usain Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay The injury cast more doubt over Sharapova’s participation at the US Open, which starts in New York on August 28. Due to her low ranking, Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw of the tournament.Sharapova suffered the injury while playing in her first US match in more than two years, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.She had not played in the US since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sharapova, the 2011 Cincinnati champion, arrived Friday and made the decision to withdraw after consulting with the event medical staff on Saturday.“I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play. However, following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year.”Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or lucky loser will replace her in the draw. View comments MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side
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The Rebels got out to an impressive start, with Roy Prasad diving over for the first touchdown of the game in the second minute.The Suns levelled the game up three minutes later when Ben Absolum scored and this opened the floodgates with several touchdowns following soon after. Rebels captain Christian Frost scored off a great ball from Manu Wakely in the next set, before his opposition captain Joel Willoughby scored for the Suns to level the scores at 2-all. Prasad was over for his second soon after to regain the lead for his side and when Amy Carr scored on the wing in the 13th minute the Rebels had a two touchdown advantage. Alicia Quirk was the recipient of a great long ball in the next set to bring the deficit back to one touchdown before Wakely scored in the next set to give his side a 5-3 lead. The Suns’ Andrew Baggio dived over close to the line in the next set of six to bring his side back to a one touchdown deficit, 5-4. Two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the half, to Prasad and Matthew Wigg saw the Rebels take a three touchdown advantage into the half-time break, 7-4. Wigg picked up where he left off after the break, scoring the first touchdown of the half in the fifth minute to give his side a 8-4 lead. The teams then traded touchdowns for the next six touchdowns, starting with a touchdown to Madison Absolum, who was the recipient of a great long ball to score on the wing to take the deficit back to three touchdowns. Wigg scores his third for the game soon after, before Baggio set up Jess McCall to bring the score to 9-6. Prasad scored his fourth of the game with four minutes remaining to extend the Rebels’ lead to four touchdowns, before Willoughby score his second touchdown to bridge the gap at 10-7. Carr and Frost then scored their second touchdowns of the match in the final minutes of the half before Jeremy Locke scored for the Rebels as the siren sounded to take the win 13-7. Prasad and Carr were recognised for their impressive performances in the final, being named male and female Player of the Finals respectively. Manu Wakely was rewarded for his impressive tournament, being named male Player of the Series, with the Brisbane City Cobras’ Renee Fraser being named female Player of the Series. To view highlights of the game, please click on the link below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf2mjsMiJD8&feature=plcp&context=C40b8ec6VDvjVQa1PpcFPrYFhxxhhUphxATV_rZ_4M2NQP7UBbfA8
Young kids, who grow up in homes with limited access to nutritious foods are more likely to experience poor overall health and developmental problems, says a new study. However, these kids are not at higher risk of developing obesity, the research added. For the findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers analysed data from 28,184 racially and ethnically diverse children between one to four years primarily from low-income households in five US cities that participated in Children’s HealthWatch, an ongoing network of pediatric and public health researchers that monitors how economic hardships relate to the healthy development and growth of children. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We did find, however, that growing up in a low-income community – typically with a lack of access to healthy grocery stores, an overabundance of fast food chains, and few safe areas to play outdoors – increased a preschooler’s risk of developing obesity regardless of food security,” said study leader Maureen Black, Professor at University of British Columbia. “This is quite alarming and indicates a significant public health issue,” Black said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardData were stratified by every year of age from birth to one year and up to four years of age, the study said. According to the researchers, about 27 per cent of the children in the study lived in households that had food insecurity, including more than 13 per cent in extremely deprived households with child food insecurity. The vast majority of households in the study qualified for federal and state food assistance programmes that provided supplemental nutrition. The researchers identified food security based on interviews, using a standard questionnaire, with mothers of the children conducted by the Children’s HealthWatch. While the study did not find a link between food insecurity and obesity risk, it did find that food insecurity was associated with significantly increased risks of a child being in poor health and experiencing a developmental delay, with the odds increasing with a child’s age up to age four.
If you’re travelling in the area, let us know what you see. Send an email to [email protected] FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – We have received reports that a tanker truck has gone off the road at Mile 55 on the Alaska Highway.It is reported that police are on the scene.We will bring you more updates as soon as information is made available.
Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping said the cooperation agreements worth more than USD 64 billion were signed at a CEO conference during the 2nd Belt and Road Forum which concluded here on Saturday.A total of 283 items of practical outcomes were achieved during the preparatory process and the holding of the forum, Xi said in a statement before the media on Saturday after his roundtable meeting with 37 heads of state and governments who took part in the meeting. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraEarlier in the day, Xi called for joint efforts of all parties to promote high-quality development of the Belt and Road (BRI) initiative at the leaders’ roundtable meeting of the forum. In his address at the roundtable meet, Xi said his trillion-dollar BRI initiative should benefit all around the world and deliver common development by following established international rules and norms. He again stressed that the BRI would focus on common development of all the participating countries and their people. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”We must implement the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits to see that all voices are heard, all reached their full potential and all stand to benefit,” the Chinese President said. The BRI must be open, clean and green and follow high standards, people centred sustainable approach, he said, adding that it should be aligned to the United Nations’ sustainable development agenda. “Align our cooperation with universally accepted rules, standards and best practices and pursue social and economic progress and environmental protection in a balanced way. The BRI should be beneficial to all and deliver common development,” Xi said. Those who attended the BRF meeting included Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and heads of several Asian, African and Latin American countries besides heads of the UN and the IMF. India and the US skipped the meeting. India, which boycotted the first BRF meeting held in 2017 over its objections to the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, skipped its second edition for the same reasons. The CPEC, which connects Gwadar Port in Pakistan’s Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of the BRI. India has also been airing its concerns over the BRI financing, saying that connectivity initiatives must follow principles of financial responsibility to avoid projects that would create unsustainable debt burden for communities. This time the US has emerged as a fierce critic of the BRI, asserting that its predatory financing is leaving the smaller countries in heavy debt. The concerns grew louder after China acquired Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port for a 99-year lease as a debt swap. The heavy Chinese financing of the CPEC also raised concerns over Pakistan’s ability to pay back. China has clarified that less than 20 per cent of the CPEC projects are based on loans provided by it and the rest of the 80 per cent ventures are either directly invested by Beijing or used Chinese grants. The BRI was launched by President Xi when he came to power in 2013. It aims to link southeast Asia, central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea routes. China is doling out huge sums of money for infrastructure projects in countries from Asia to Africa and Europe, enhancing its global influence. In his speech at the opening ceremony of the 2nd BRF on Friday, Xi allayed fears that China is using the BRI as a geopolitical tool to attain superpower status. He said the BRI was “not an exclusive club”. “Everything should be done in a transparent way and we should have zero tolerance for corruption,” he said.
Ohio State redshirt junior Bo Jordan (center) celebrates after defeating Cornell’s Brian Realbuto (left) 11-7 to advance to his first NCAA Championship. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsST. LOUIS — After two days of wrestling, two Buckeye wrestlers remain alive in their hopes of winning an NCAA championship: junior Kyle Snyder and redshirt junior Bo Jordan.Snyder is making his third appearance in the NCAA finals having won one previously, while Bo Jordan is making his first appearance in the match.Both Buckeyes faced a large degree of difficulty to enter the finals. Jordan had to come from behind in the semifinals against the only opponent to hand him a loss this season – Cornell’s Brian Realbuto. Snyder is battling a rib injury, but it hasn’t seemed to slow down the reigning Olympic and world champion.To seal his victory in the 174 semifinals, Jordan employed a move reminiscent of a somersault to counter Realbuto in the closing seconds against Realbuto to tally a takedown and near fall points, giving him an 11-7 lead that would take him to the finals.Jordan will take on a familiar foe in the finals: Penn State’s Mark Hall. Jordan beat Hall 6-4 in overtime at the Big Ten Championships on March 5 to seal his title win.Jordan said he still remembers the move that earned him the win, but isn’t sure exactly how he did it.“Honestly, I don’t know,” Jordan said. “I knew he was going to go mixer when I came to my feet, so i was kind of expecting it. But, for whatever reason, I just landed on top, which was nice, and I was able to get back points out of it.”Snyder’s injury was apparent in his quarterfinals matchup against Penn State’s Michael Kroells, especially by Snyder’s lack of scoring in the third period of that match.However, battling Duke’s Jacob Kasper in the semifinals, the injury didn’t seem to bother Snyder.“I felt pretty good. I got shots after the 165 match,” Snyder said about his matchup with Kasper. “I felt it crunching a little bit. I could hear it. But I didn’t feel the pain because of the shots.”Kasper had called Snyder out earlier in the season, and that seemed to be at least partially on Snyder’s mind as he won 19-6.“I was excited to wrestle him because I heard about some of the stuff he said, seemed a little arrogant to me,” Snyder said. “And I was hoping he would back it up. But not too much.”Snyder will also face the same foe he took on at the Big Ten Championships: Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery. Snyder beat Medbery 7-5 on March 5, but Medbery was able to get a last second takedown to make the score close.As a team, the Buckeyes sit in second place with 89 points, behind only Penn State at 121.
The Ajax footballer said he learned a lot from his former coach in Manchester United and that all worked well with himJosé Mourinho doesn’t need to be praised.The so-called Special One has always divided opinions, one side of the fans love him, the other hates him.But what is clear, is the impact he has had on players, like ex-Manchester United footballer Daley Blind.The now Ajax player spoke to The Express and praised his old boss.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I learned a lot from him. He is a winner. And he can project that very well on a group”, he said.“I almost played 150 matches. I won four trophies at United.”“I had a very beautiful time. I had many nice moments there,” he added.“I am very grateful to the fans. I worked very nice[ly] with Mourinho.”
New Rangers Football Club signing Kyle Lafferty hopes his return to the club will give him the opportunity to mend his broken heart whilst making peace with the club’s supporters.The Northern Ireland international is back at the Ibrox, six years after his departure to Swiss side FC Sion after the club went into financial turmoil.Lafferty is hopeful his second coming to Rangers is a fruitful one whilst hoping he can replicate his form with Hearts with the Gers.The 30-year-old could make his debut as early as Thursday when Rangers face FC Ufa in the UEFA Europa League playoffs.Lafferty said, as quoted by Express: “I have supported the club since I was a kid and have played here before, but the way I left I was disappointed. Walking out those doors six years ago broke my heart, but to be given a second chance to redeem myself… I jumped at the chance. I am happy to be home.”“I always wanted to come back and put things right and show the fans what I am all about.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Did I think I would get another chance? Not really. I went to Hearts last season and had a good season and now I have been given a second chance, which I am lucky to have.”Lafferty added: “It has been a long time since we have seen a Rangers team like this, so it is exciting times ahead.”“I wanted to be part of this because they are heading in the right direction and I want to be involved in winning trophies with Rangers.”“I want to be here for success and with the squad of players that we have here we will do that.”Lafferty bagged three titles, a Scottish Cup and two League Cups during his first spell at Rangers.
The Bianconeri manager has been linked with the Manchester United job after Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho was sackedAfter Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was sacked, there have been many names linked with the position with the Red Devils.And one of those names if that of Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.“I have a contract with Juventus and I am happy here,” Allegri told reporters according to The 42.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We are doing a great job together with the fans. There are many games to win before the end of the season, there is time before June.”“Italian football is fascinating, I am not tired of it. I want to stay to improve Italian football,” he added.“Outside this world, there are many things to be done, we need to involve the kids to build a better future for this game.”
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed how the job has taken a toll on him so much so that he is now trying to get back to normal life following the Scottish League winter break.Gerrard is now so immersed with the job that he says his mind is always on the next opponent or the formation to be played even while on a day off.Gerrard who joined the Ibrox team last summer says it is expedient that the players have some time to rest while he uses the opportunity to catch up with family.He told Daily Record:“The important thing is to switch off mentally. It has been full-on for us, with games smacking you in the face every three or four days.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“The fitness coach told me the other day that 80 percent of our games have had less than a three-day lead-in. That’s tough for the players.“Do I need to switch off as well? I’ll try.“But the thing that’s surprised me most about management at this level is how difficult it is to switch off. Even when you’re at home or on a day off, I’ve found it really hard.“As a player it was easy to switch off. I could do stuff with my friends, play golf or watch telly. It was like a switch.”