Iowa economist computes ethanol contribution at just $1 billion

Source: Susanne Retka Schill • Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2012

Taking issue with the ethanol industry’s “overstating its net contribution to the nation’s and the individual state’s economic accounts,” Dave Swenson, Iowa State University associate scientist in economics, released his own calculations of the ethanol industry’s contribution to Iowa’s economy.

Bipartisan Senate group seeks delay in EPA tailpipe rules

Source: Jeremy P. Jacobs • E&E • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2012

A bipartisan group of senators today urged U.S. EPA to hold off on new regulations that would cut air pollution from the tailpipes of cars and trucks because the rules would drive up the cost of gasoline.

EPA unveils new tool for tracking carbon emissions

Source: Jean Chemnick • E&E • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012

U.S. EPA today rolled out a new database that will allow the public to track greenhouse gas emissions across a variety of U.S. sources, including power plants, refineries and manufacturers.

On Our Radar: The Nation’s Greenhouse Gas Culprits

New York Times • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency releases an interactive online tool for identifying major sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The database and map allow residents and governments to learn about the biggest polluters in their neighborhoods and get the broad picture as well.

Industry remains optimistic, despite Range Fuels’ collapse

Source: Tiffany Stecker • E&E • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The initial creation and federal backing of the Range Fuels ethanol refinery in southeast Georgia led the wave of wood ethanol plants across the region, but the company’s misfortune won’t necessarily stall the others, say company experts. A handful of plants in the southeastern United States, from Georgia to Tennessee, are slated to begin producing cellulosic ethanol — fuel made from tough, fibrous biodegradable matter — in the next few years. The region is rich with timber and easily accessible wood waste to turn into ethanol, driving a number of wood-based energy plants that are under construction.

Fuel Testing Reveals Higher Octane in Ethanol, Adding Improved Performance Benefits

Biofuels Journal • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Last July, it might have seemed surprising when the government announced ambitious plans to raise corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards to 54.5 MPG by 2025. Could a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly source of octane be found in ethanol? The answer is a resounding, ‘yes,’ according to the fuel testing results that were just released.

Industry Says Cellulosic Ethanol Progress is Being Made

Source: Cindy Zimmerman • • Posted: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

“In a very difficult financial and policy environment, the first wave of commercial advanced ethanol production facilities are under construction in a number of states across the country,” said Advanced Ethanol Council Executive Director Brooke Coleman. “Diversifying America’s fuel supply with increasing amounts of clean, domestically produced renewable fuel requires us to keep our eyes on the prize and not be distracted by the noise and misdirection coming from naysayers protecting the status quo.”

Calif. air board reiterates stance in latest response to Issa probe

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

California Air Resources Board (ARB) Chairwoman Mary Nichols has issued another defense of her agency’s actions to House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa as part of his investigation into new fuel economy standards, after the California Republican deemed her last response “inadequate.” The response comes as part of Issa’s ongoing probe into the negotiations that led to the White House and automakers agreeing to a 54.5 mpg fuel economy target by 2025. Issa has charged that the 2017-2025 standards were written in secret and without proper economic and scientific vetting, which could mean more expensive and less safe vehicles.

At EPA HQ, Obama says environment and economic development go hand in hand

Source: John McArdle • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

President Obama this afternoon repeatedly emphasized the economic benefits that can be achieved through safeguarding the environment in a brief appearance to thank employees for their work at U.S. EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. “I do not buy the notion that we have to make a choice between having clean air and clean water and growing this economy in a robust way,” Obama said. “I think that is a false debate.”

Obama Drops by the E.P.A.

Source: JOHN M. BRODER • New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

President Obama, who has been both applauded and jeered for his record on environmental issues, paid a brief visit to the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington on Tuesday to try to raise spirits at an agency that has been under siege for the past year.