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Congress strikes deal on Keystone XL

Source: Christa Marshall • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Congressional leaders struck a deal yesterday that could force President Obama to make a speedy decision about an oil pipeline that has divided his party and sparked environmental protests at the White House.

Despite low sales, supporters say year was a success

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

As with most issues, the story of 2011 electric vehicle sales depends largely on perspective.

Congress Disappoints Biodiesel Industry

Source: Cindy Zimmerman • Domestic Fuel • Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Congress has failed to renew the biodiesel tax incentive that will expire at the end of this year and the biodiesel industry is hoping they will turn it around and act quickly in 2012 to save thousands of jobs that have been created thanks to the initiative this year.

Exports help Iowa ethanol reach record output in ’11

Source: DAN PILLER • Des Moines Register • Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Production at Iowa’s 41 ethanol plants increased by about 200 million gallons this year over 2010 to a record 3.7 billion gallons, but not because of domestic demand.

EPA under pressure to issue 2012 biofuel targets

Source: Phil Brasher • Des Moines Register • Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The new year is almost here and the Obama administration has yet to tell refiners how much biofuel they’ll have to use in 2012. The Environmental Protection Agency is overdue releasing next year’s requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

USDA approves first drought-tolerant corn

Source: Paul Voosen • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The Agriculture Department will allow the unlimited sale of a biotech corn designed to resist drought conditions, the agency announced this afternoon. Developed by the seed giant Monsanto Co., the corn is the first commercial biotech crop designed to resist environmental stress.

E.P.A. Issues Limits on Mercury Emissions

Source: JOHN M. BRODER • New York Times • Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards on Wednesday sharply limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from the nation’s coal- and oil-burningpower plants.
The new rule, unless blocked by Congress or the courts, will be the first time the federal government has enforced limits on mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other poisonous and carcinogenic chemicals emitted by the burning of fossil fuels.

South Dakota State panel OKs ethanol pumps fund

Source: Cody Winchester • Argus Leader • Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Fuel station owners soon will be able to apply for state grant money to install ethanol blender pumps. A legislative panel voted Tuesday to approve the rule, which establishes a fund of $3.5 million to be spent on ethanol infrastructure the next five years.

Most Iowa farmers believe climate change is happening, unsure of cause

Source: Lauren Morello • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Nearly 70 percent of Iowa’s farmers believe climate change is happening, and more than 40 percent expect extreme weather to strike more frequently in coming years, according to a new poll.

End is near for controversial subsidy

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

It happens every year. As Dec. 31 approaches, energy trade groups work overtime to make sure Congress doesn’t let their tax credits expire.