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EPA plans to buy out more than 1,200 employees this summer

Source: By Brady Dennis, Washington Post • Posted: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency plans on shedding more than 1,200 employees by early September through buyouts and early retirements, as part of a broader push by the Trump administration to shrink a government entity the president once promised to eliminate “in almost every form.” The departures would amount to about 8 percent of the current 15,000-person workforce of the EPA, where a hiring freeze also remains in effect. The Trump administration has proposed a 31 percent cut to its budget, the largest percentage reduction of any agency and one that could mean several thousand job losses.

Take a Look at the States Sending the Most Carbon Into the Air

Source: By Mark Chediak. Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Texas sits at the top of the list — with more than twice the total carbon emissions of any other state. Despite a surge in wind power there, Texas still depends on fossil fuel-burning generators to serve a large and growing population. Florida, which ranks second in electricity production next to Texas, also comes in second in terms of emissions, according to the report authored by M.J. Bradley & Associates.

Dems plan to inject climate into reauthorization debate

Source: Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Democrats are gearing up for a fight on climate change when the House Armed Services Committee marks up its defense authorization bill next week. Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin, a senior Democrat on the committee, is planning to offer an amendment during Wednesday’s markup on the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

Trump Commits to Agriculture in Iowa

Source: By Lizzy Schultz, Ag Wirred • Posted: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

President Donald Trump stood among various models of John Deere and Case IH farm equipment as he pledged to boost agriculture exports, loosen federal regulations on the agriculture industry, and support ethanol and biofuels yesterday while speaking to a crowd of about 250 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Hitting Right Rhetoric, President Talks up Ethanol, Estate Tax Repeal

Source: By Todd Neeley, DTN/Progressive Farmer • Posted: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

In the nation’s largest ethanol-producing state, the president gave a nod to an industry that wants expanded markets. “Your ethanol industry has been under attack,” he said during the rally, although he stopped short of providing details. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may soon release the latest renewable volume obligations in the Renewable Fuel Standard, the first such release by the Trump administration.

Judge upholds California’s low-carbon fuel standards

Source: By By Bob Egelko, San Fransisco Chronicle • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

A federal judge has upheld most of California’s pioneering low-carbon fuel standard but allowed oil companies and other fuel suppliers to challenge rules that may favor California ethanol producers over their Midwest competitors. The standard, part of a 2006 state law intended to reduce air pollution that causes global warming, requires suppliers of transportation fuel sold in California to achieve a 10 percent reduction by 2020 in the amount of carbon released from their products.

Ethanol Production Continues to Decline

Source: By Gary Truitt, Hoosier Ag Today • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

According to EIA data, ethanol production averaged 990,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 41.58 million gallons daily. That is down 12,000 b/d from the week before and the lowest in seven weeks. The four-week average for ethanol production decreased to 1.003 million b/d for an annualized rate of 15.38 billion gallons. Stocks of ethanol were 22.3 million barrels. That is 0.9% decrease from last week. There were zero imports recorded for the sixth week in a row.

Continued Use of E10 Alone Not Enough to Sustain Ethanol Growth: RFA Chief

Source: By Michael Schneider, OPIS • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

he continued use of E10 alone will not be enough to sustain growth in the ethanol industry, Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen said today. “The E10 market is projected to be flat, so if we are to continue to grow as an industry, we have got to increase demand,” Dinneen told the audience during his keynote address at the 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo.

Op-Ed: Ya gotta believe

Source: By Orrie Swayze, Capital Journal • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Believing we can obviously requires us to communicate truth rather than timidly parroting oil interests/Epa’s fraudulent spin such as: “It’s illegal to fuel standard autos with ethanol’s most researched and optimal blend or E30 “. Nebraska Governor Pete Richetts recent description of E30 as ethanol’s sweet spot also agrees with many thousands of pioneering standard auto owners’ conclusion derived by using E30 or half E85 these past ten plus years.

Additional EPA Review Likely to Delay Release of Proposed RVOs: Source

Source: By Jordan Godwin, OPIS • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

EPA may delay the release of its 2018 volume targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) until at least next week while it completes an additional review requested by Administrator Scott Pruitt, a source said Tuesday. “We’ll be lucky to see anything this week,” the source said.