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California Low-Carbon Rules Halted

Source: RYAN TRACY And JIM CARLTON • Wall Street Jounal • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The decision puts on hold a major portion of California’s effort to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, at a time when the most-populous state’s stance has taken on extra importance nationwide because of a stalemate in Washington over greenhouse-gas legislation.

Brazil, short of biofuel, can’t open spigot to US

Source: Inae Riveras • Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

For three decades, the U.S. government sought to protect American corn farmers and ethanol makers from a feared flood of Brazilian imports by imposing a tariff that had the South American country crying foul.
But as the contentious tax finally expires at year-end, American farmers’ fears of being swamped by sugar-based tropical biofuel seem unfounded. With Brazil’s ethanol industry struggling to meet booming local demand, it’s U.S. producers instead who are shipping millions of gallons to the south.

Energy not there in Iowa

Source: Alex Guillen • POLITICO • Posted: Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Energy issues — historically ethanol but increasingly wind — used to be a centerpiece of the first-in-the-nation caucuses, providing a national platform for a state that prides itself on excelling in renewable energy.
But the vast cornfields and wind-swept plains of the Hawkeye State, while important to the local economy, have taken a back seat this year.

Oil Prices Predicted to Stay Above $100 a Barrel Through Next Year

Source: DIANE CARDWELL and RICK GLADSTONE • New York Times • Posted: Monday, January 2nd, 2012

With Iran threatening to cut off about a fifth of the world’s oil supply by closing the Strait of Hormuz and unrest in Iraq endangering the ability to increase production there, financial analysts say prices for two important oil benchmarks will average from $100 a barrel to $120 a barrel in 2012.

EPA raises ethanol goal

Source: Cody Winchester • Argus Leader • Posted: Monday, January 2nd, 2012

The federal government has set its target for biofuels production in 2012, increasing by 1.25 billion gallons the amount of ethanol and biofuels that must be blended into the fuel supply.
Fuel providers will be required to blend 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuel into the fuel supply in 2012. This includes 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels, up from 6.6 million gallons in 2011.

EPA: Ethanol production expected to grow in 2012

Source: DAN PILLER • Des Moines Register • Posted: Monday, January 2nd, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said ethanol production in 2012 should reach 15.2 billion gallons, an increase of about 1.25 billion gallons from this year.

After Three Decades, Tax Credit for Ethanol Expires

Source: ROBERT PEAR • New York Times • Posted: Monday, January 2nd, 2012

A federal tax credit for ethanol expired on Saturday, ending an era in which the federal government provided more than $20 billion in subsidies for use of the product. The tax break, created more than 30 years ago, had long seemed untouchable. But in the last year, during which Congress was preoccupied with deficits and debt, it became a symbol of corporate welfare. Fiscal conservatives joined liberal environmentalists to kill it, with help from a diverse coalition of outside groups.

Florida may eliminate ethanol in gas

Source: Mike Synan • FOX 35 News • Posted: Sunday, December 25th, 2011

State lawmakers are looking at a proposal from Representative Matt Gaetz to eliminate ethanol in Florida gasoline.

Ethanol Production At Record Levels; Biodiesel Too

NAFB News Service • Posted: Sunday, December 25th, 2011

According to the Energy Information Administration, ethanol production averaged 943-thousand barrels per day – or 39.6-million gallons daily during the latest reporting week. That is up 5-thousand barrels per day from the record set the previous week. The 4-week average for ethanol production stood at 935-thousand barrels per day for an annualized rate of 14.43-billion gallons. Stocks of ethanol stood at 17.7-million barrels.

Harsh Political Reality Slows Climate Studies Despite Extreme Year

Source: JUSTIN GILLIS • New York Times • Posted: Sunday, December 25th, 2011

At the end of one of the most bizarre weather years in American history, climate research stands at a crossroads.