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Senators Show Support for Biodiesel, RFS

first_img Senators Show Support for Biodiesel, RFS SHARE Home Energy Senators Show Support for Biodiesel, RFS The Obama Administration has received the request of a bipartisan group of 32 U.S. Senators from across the country to support reasonable growth in the biodiesel industry next year under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Senators specifically called for the establishment of a volume requirement of at least 1.7-billion gallons – consistent with this year’s projected production. The letter – led by Senators Patty Murray, Al Franken, Roy Blunt and Chuck Grassley – warned that a weakened RFS could lead to plant closures and thousands of lost jobs while threatening future investment. The Senators wrote that biodiesel has exceeded RFS targets in each year and is clearly poised to do so again in 2013. They continued that biodiesel is improving our energy security by reducing our dependence on imported petroleum diesel, diversifying fuel supplies and creating competition in the fuels market. Setting the 2014 biodiesel volume requirement at reduced levels – they wrote – could have severe impacts on the domestic biodiesel industry.National Biodiesel Board Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel says this strong showing of bipartisan support represents the very real impact that biodiesel is having in communities across the country. She says it’s creating jobs, reducing emissions and diversifying our fuel supplies so that consumers and our economy are not so vulnerable to volatile global oil markets. Steckel calls biodiesel an RFS success story – and says NBB is urging the Administration to continue the momentum.In addition to the lead authors – the following Senators signed on to the letter:Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Angus King (I-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Jon Tester (D-MT), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tom Udall (D-NM), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Mark Kirk (R-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Kay Hagan (D-NC).Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Nov 15, 2013 Facebook Twitter Previous articleCloud of Biofuels Mandate Rollback Hangs Over Corn IndustryNext articleAnother Record Year for Agricultural Exports Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Local teams earn home dates for NorCals

first_imgThe Arcata and St. Bernard’s girls basketball teams won more than just a North Coast Section semifinal on Wednesday night. They also earned the right to host a first-round NorCal Tournament game next week.And they will likely be joined in that regard by the Eureka girls.The NorCals is a 16-team tournament featuring the top four programs from each of the four sections in Northern California, with the top two in each section hosting a first-round contest.With Arcata and St. Bernard’s both …last_img read more

How will the Warriors handle Durant, Klay and their other free agents?

first_imgThis time, the Warriors will not visit the Hamptons as they did three years ago. The main objective during free agency will still be the same, though.How can they convince Kevin Durant to be with the Warriors? Before, the Warriors successfully sold Durant on their team-oriented culture, their star talent and their championship resume. Two NBA titles and two Finals MVP’s later, Durant does not need to hear such a pitch. Instead, Durant has to wrestle with this question: to what extent does he …last_img read more

36 Hair Grips 4, A standard product

first_imgThere isn’t much to say about these. They are very standard and easy to use and a staple of many hairstyles but so difficult to buy at the supermarket. It does what it says on the packet. Arrived promptly to correct address.Key specs for 36 Hair Grips 4.5cm Long Brown Hair Styling Bobby Pins:Pack of 36 waved metal hair pinsProtection to pin endsMeasure 4.5cm longAll measurements approximate across widest pointsComments from buyers“A standard product, keeping my hair up., Last minute item, Exactly what I needed, As expected make light work of buns for “ There is very little to say about hair pins, but these are good quality ones that arrived quickly and are completely fit for purpose. They are very standard design and size, almost identical to the ones i used to be able to buy in tesco, but they have stopped stocking them (what’s that about?), although they are very dark brown. If you have never used proper hair pins before, practise a little – don’t just push them in, you need to sweep it a bit of other hair to gain purchase. These are smaller hairpins than i usually buy,; they are okay, but have to use more than i would if longer. Still my fault not ordering the larger ones. Price and packaging with delivery were good. Exactly what i ordered very pleased with this item. Would recommend helps with straightening and curling so multi uses for this product. Great set of bobby pins for my daughter to use for dancing hairstyles. Sturdy pins that are fit for purpose. Ordered these almost at last minute, was recommended to get bun pins rather than kirbys. Needed these for my daughters dance show, arrived on time, undamaged. Best for thick hair, people please note these are not normal grips so those who aren’t used to them may have some difficulty but their easily gotten used to. Great for keeping hair in place in up doo’s or in thick hair. Just what i needed, thank you. Arrived quickly and as described, would use again. As expected make light work of buns for. Make light work of buns for ballet 🙂 quick delivery too, arrived well before due.last_img read more

New LED Lights on the Scene

first_imgPhilips CFLs last a long timeI’m proud to say that for the last 16 years, the original Philips CFL light bulb that I bought in 1999 has been on a motion sensor in my back yard, extremely exposed to the elements, protecting us from marauding raccoons. It is still going strong. In this next wave of LEDs, my money’s on Philips — for their commitment to quality and durability. In 1999, I went through the back service doors of Wolf Electric, a local supplier, and fumbled my way along the poorly lit, uneven floors to drop $37 and tax for one light bulb: a compact fluorescent light (CFL) made by Philips.For me, this was the start of energy-efficient lighting. That moment in time might even have represented the apogee of CFLs. Store shelves today are littered with crappy CFL lights that aren’t dimmable, are filled with hazardous mercury, and include ballasts that give off so much waste heat that the white plastic base quickly gets cooked to a yellow crisp as the bulbs sputter to an early death. So much for energy conservation. BY GREG LABBE Air Leaks in Homes Insulated With Spray FoamOrigami-Inspired HomesPastiche Architecture RELATED ARTICLES Martin’s 10 Rules of LightingRethinking Recessed LightingLED Filament BulbsFuture of LEDs: Lower Cost, Higher EfficacyAre LEDs Worth Their Extra Cost?LED Lighting Getting Better and BetterGBA Product Guide: LED Lighting No need for an airtight hat in the atticLotus LED Lights (Surrey, B.C.) has been retailing some exciting low-profile pot lights that could substantially reduce the fussiness of installing pot lights.It should be noted that good quality LEDs typically have aluminum heat sinks, and for good reason: the heat needs to dissipate. So take this next sentence with a grain of salt: These new lights could potentially eliminate the need for a large housing box that punctuates the air barrier system and projects into the attic, disturbing the uniform layer of continuous insulation and leaking conditioned air like a sieve.Sadly, many electricians don’t understand the need for air sealing. These new faux-pot lights might be able to help them in new construction, because many models install directly in the drywall and are plugged into a proprietary low-voltage junction box. That simple!What’s really exciting is that these lights may offer the opportunity to easily eliminate 90% of the air leakage that occurs through existing pot lights by simply retrofitting these new types of LEDs. Coming from a guy who made a living by sending other guys into hot, itchy attics to air seal the backs of pot lights — the LED product from Cree shown in the photo at the top of the page seems like a no-brainer retrofit solution. Greg Labbé is co-owner of BlueGreen Consulting Group, a high-performance home consulting firm that works with architects, builders, and homeowners to optimize the energy performance of new and existing homes through detailed energy modeling and site testing. Suddenly, LEDs have arrivedBut hang on… Is it just us, or did 2015 usher in a new era of LED lighting? It seems that LEDs have jumped out of the dark ages by offering dimmable features and lighting systems that tie into home automation and can change hue in response to commands from a smart phone. These LEDs produce a truly beautiful light that doesn’t oscillate — light that is good enough to permit one to read a book (that is, a durable, sharable, battery-less device made of bound paper, having stories printed in ink). And let’s not forget the fact that these mercury-free lights could be substantially more durable than CFLs.As readers may imagine, pot lights (also known as recessed can lights) installed through the air barrier of a home’s topmost ceiling have been a big pet peeve of mine — not because I don’t like the lights, but because they kill home performance. The great news is that some of the new LED lights that have flooded the market recently might be able to significantly reduce heat loss due to air leakage.last_img read more

Video: Clemson Fan Cries After Getting Orange Bowl Tickets For Christmas

first_imgA Clemson fan gets Orange Bowl tickets.clemson fans orange bowl ticketsClemson, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff, hasn’t had the chance to play for a national title in a very long time. As such, we imagine that the gift you’ll see below is a popular one in Tigers fans’ homes Friday morning.The Piedmonts apparently came up with a clever way to give a member of the family her Christmas present. When she opened an orange bowl, it signified that she’d be attending next week’s Orange Bowl contest between Clemson and Oklahoma. Of course, tears flowed.The video was posted by Greg Piedmont on YouTube. Check it out:Will there be more tears of joy after a win? We’ll find out in less than a week.last_img read more