U.S. drivers spend record amount on gasoline in 2011

Source: Ronald D. White • Los Angeles Times • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Despite lower demand, more than $448 billion has been paid so far for fuel — $100 billion more than in 2010. Consistently high oil prices are blamed.

U.N. Climate Talks End With Deal for New Emissions Treaty

Source: JOHN M. BRODER • New York Times • Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011

Two weeks of contentious United Nations talks over climate change concluded Sunday morning with an agreement by more than 190 nations to work toward a future treaty that would require all countries to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming.

While others worry about possible double-dip recession, US farmers have one of best years ever

Associated Press • Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011

While much of America worries about the possibility of a double-dip recession, such stories of prosperity are cropping up as U.S. farmers enjoy their best run in decades, thanks to high prices for many crops, livestock and farmland and strong global demand for corn used in making ethanol.

Despite economic crisis, Europeans not backing away from emissions goals, officials say

Source: Jean Chemnick • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 9th, 2011

The European Union may be facing a debt crisis of historic proportions, but it is unlikely to erode support for action on climate change, European delegates to the U.N. Climate Change Conference here said this week.

EPA to link fracking, water contamination in Wyo.

Source: Mike Soraghan • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 9th, 2011

U.S. EPA is expected to announce later today that hydraulic fracturing and other gas drilling practices played a role in contaminating drinking water in a Wyoming community, contradicting an industry talking point used repeatedly in efforts to prevent increased federal regulation of oil and gas production.

End of ethanol tax credit seen boosting gas price

Source: Dan Piller • Des Moines Register • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The ethanol tax break expires at the end of the year; drivers will pay 4 cents more, an industry leader says.

Corn ethanol will survive subsidy loss, CEO says

Source: DAVID SHAFFER • Minneapolis Star Tribune • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Poet LLC’s cellulosic ethanol plant creates fuel from corn husks in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Jeff Broin, Poet’s CEO, said Tuesday that the industry will survive without a federal subsidy that expires this month. The founder of the world’s largest ethanol company said Tuesday that the industry will survive without a tax credit that costs the federal […]

Livestock and poultry industries join calls for hearing on RFS

Source: Amanda Peterka • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The livestock and poultry industries have joined the push for a key Senate committee to hold a hearing on the renewable fuel standard.

Energy, enviro funding could be dropped from omnibus spending package

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

As talks on a massive government funding bill enter their last lap today, GOP-backed restrictions on White House environmental policy remain an obstacle large enough to potentially push U.S. EPA and Interior Department spending out of a final deal.

Annual push for tax credit extensions revs up

Source: Katie Howell and John McArdle • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

As both chambers of Congress are gearing up to move a flurry of spending and tax measures before the year ends, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are beefing up their annual calls to extend a suite of alternative energy tax credits.