Why 2012 Will Be a Bad Year for Renewable Energy

Source: Bryan Walsh • TIME • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

More than 7,000 miles away in Washington, however, another negotiation is underway that could be much more important to the climate than the U.N. summit — and the end isn’t likely to be as positive. U.S. wind and solar companies are panicking over the murky future of federal support for renewable energy.

Loss of federal incentives could hurt cellulosic ethanol development

Source: Robert Pore • Grand Island Independent • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Nebraska’s ethanol industry could be adversely impacted if Congress doesn’t extend key tax incentives, especially those for cellulosic ethanol, a Nebraska Ethanol Board official said.

House passes tax bill with pipeline provision, fueling clash on spending

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The House GOP last night edged closer to an explosive end-of-year standoff with Senate Democrats and the White House as it approved a tax-cut package that includes speedy approval of the politically volatile Keystone XL oil pipeline and a rollback of U.S. EPA’s boiler emissions limits.

Global Biofuels Output Slows on Less Brazilian Ethanol, IEA Says

Source: Ola Galal • Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

World production of biofuels will increase at a slower pace than previously forecast in the next five years as Brazil’s ethanol output declines and the U.S. market becomes saturated, the International Energy Agency said.

Big energy measures to slide past 2012

Source: DARREN GOODE and DARREN SAMUELSOHN • POLITICO • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Capitol Hill’s biggest energy policy trend of 2011 is a Congress unable to accomplish much of anything. Don’t expect that to change until after next year’s election.

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.