TELECONFERENCE ADVISORY: EPA Underestimates Emissions From Palm Oil Biofuels

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012


            Deborah Lapidus,, 703-967-5741

            Alexandra Stark,, 202-328-5086


Scientific and environmental groups will summarize their comments on the EPA’s proposed finding that palm oil should not qualify for inclusion in the Renewable Fuels Standard.  This is one of the most critical climate and environmental decisions the Obama administration will make, with thousands of square miles of rainforest at stake.

WHEN: 10:30 AM EST, Thursday, April 26th

CALL-IN: 800-231-9012, Conference Code: 2174101


*Jeremy Martin, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

*Chris Malins, Ph.D., Fuels Program Lead, The International Council on Clean Transportation

*Laurel Sutherlin, Communications Manager, Forest Program, Rainforest Action Network

*Graham Usher, Landscape Protection Specialist, Sumatran Organgutan Conservation Programme, PanEco, and a leader in the End of the Icons Coalition


Clearing and burning of rainforests for palm oil plantations is one of the primary drivers of deforestation in Southeast Asia, and is one of the major reasons Indonesia is the world’s third largest global warming polluter, just behind China and the United States. Participants will discuss both the strengths and several significant shortcomings in the proposed EPA analysis – and whether U.S. consumers should be forced to fill their gas tanks with palm oil.

CONTACT: Deborah Lapidus,, 703-967-5741; Alexandra Stark,, 202-328-5086


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