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Brian Siu, Senior Legislative Advocate, Washington, D.C.

Brian Siu
I’ve always been interested in public policy which eventually led me to Washington D.C. I worked on energy issues for about 5 years and it became increasingly clear that environmentalism was perhaps the most critical filter to guide long term energy decisions. As a result, I joined NRDC.

Recent Posts

Setting the Stage for More Scandals

Posted September 29, 2015 by Brian Siu

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The Volkswagen scandal has evolved into one of the largest examples of automotive fraud in history. The company acknowledges selling 11 million vehicles that were designed to evade emissions testing. Now, it faces billions in fines while its shareholders have...continued

The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Puts Polluters before Victims

Posted September 18, 2015 by Brian Siu

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Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 758, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA). This shortsighted legislation is bad for our justice system, bad for the public interest and bad for the environment. Despite its misleading title, LARA imposes...continued

House Votes to Weaken Renewable Fuel Standard, Job Creation and Energy Independence

Posted November 24, 2014 by Brian Siu

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Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would not finalize the 2014 biofuel volumes required under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Biofuel interests were quick to point out the uncertainty perpetuated by EPA’s delay- and for good...continued

Certifiably Sustainable: New Report Shows how Large Biofuel Users can Reduce Risk and Help the Environment

Posted July 28, 2014 by Brian Siu

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Large fuel consumers are increasingly considering biofuels as a replacement for conventional petroleum, as a way to reduce their environmental impact and as a long-term solution to oil dependence. These are valid pursuits, yet they can be undermined by purchasing...continued

The House Defense Bill: New Attacks, Tired Reasons

Posted May 9, 2014 by Brian Siu

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Several days ago the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) voted to cripple a common sense provision that requires environmental accountability of government contractors. It also voted to prevent the Defense Department (DOD) from developing sustainable military fuel supplies. Sound familiar?...continued

Pulling the Renewable Fuel Pieces Together

Posted January 30, 2014 by Brian Siu

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We’ve frequently written about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). We’ve noted its tensions and the need to improve how it operates. This includes fostering biofuels that help the environment and minimizing the ones that harm it. It includes establishing a...continued

DoD Biofuels: Managing the Risks

Posted December 12, 2013 by Brian Siu

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Just yesterday, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Navy announced the joint “Farm to Fleet” program that will provide commercially competitive biofuels to the Defense Department (DoD). This initiative is in addition to DoD’s previous effort to commercialize drop-in...continued

Reconciling Sustainability, Resource Conflict and Biofuels: EPA Holds the Key

Posted August 8, 2013 by Brian Siu

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The RFS has driven substantial investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels that would not have happened without national policy. These technologies are important because they provide new economic activity and low carbon alternatives to petroleum. Yet there are also important...continued

EPA's Balancing Act

Posted February 26, 2013 by Brian Siu

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The transportation sector uses 71% of the nation’s petroleum.  Petroleum is also our largest source of carbon pollution. In that context, developing biofuels for transportation makes good sense. They can potentially provide low carbon sources of liquid fuel for ground...continued

Section 526 and the Anti-Accountability Movement

Posted November 19, 2012 by Brian Siu

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Occasionally, I’ve written about Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Like other contentious issues, the Section 526 debate is rife with misinformation.  This perennial topic will come up again, so it’s worth pausing to explain...continued

Biofuel Tax Policy: Short Term Progress, Long Term Challenges

Posted August 20, 2012 by Brian Siu

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Runaway oil dependence puts our environment, public health and national security at risk.  That’s why the Senate Finance Committee’s recent extension of the cellulosic ethanol income tax credit is welcome news. This incentive, which provides $1.01 per gallon of cellulosic...continued

Liquid Coal: A Bad Bet

Posted October 18, 2011 by Brian Siu

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After years of litigation, the Natural Resources Defense Council has finally brought the “Ohio River Clean Fuels” liquid coal proposal to its close. Until last week, Baard Energy planned to build a 53,000 barrel per day liquid coal facility in...continued

Any way you cut it, oil subsidies are a bad deal for taxpayers.

Posted October 3, 2011 by Brian Siu

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It’s been six years since President George W. Bush famously stated that $55 per barrel oil made drilling subsidies unnecessary. Since then, the 2008 price spike came and went, with oil prices soaring to $140 per barrel.  Still, the subsidies...continued

Something we can all agree on: Cutting the ATVM makes little sense.

Posted September 23, 2011 by Brian Siu

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Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a short term “Continuing Resolution” to fund federal government through mid November. Fortunately, it abandoned the familiar cast of policy riders designed to damage public health and degrade the environment.  But it...continued

Department of Defense on Section 526: Don't Change a Thing

Posted July 12, 2011 by Brian Siu

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These days, Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 receives a great deal of attention. This provision, which prevents federal government from purchasing high carbon alternative fuels such as liquid coal, has been subject to numerous...continued


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