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NH House: Ban ethanol in gasoline

WPTZ • Posted: Thursday, March 15th, 2012

New Hampshire’s House has voted to ban corn-based ethanol as a gasoline additive. The ban would not take effect unless at least two other New England states do the same. A similar proposal has not been approved in the rest of the region.

Senate approves reauthorization bill after grueling floor debate

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The Senate voted 74-22 today to clear a two-year bill that would reauthorize U.S. transportation programs in a bipartisan vote, ending months of work and five weeks of floor action.

A Reminder That Science Can Override Pressure

Source: FELICITY BARRINGER • New York Times • Posted: Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The recent death of F. Sherwood Rowland, who, working in 1974 with Mario Molina, discovered that the ozone layer was endangered by a lucrative class of chemicals, is a reminder of the perennial determination of industries to undermine scientific findings that could cost them money or markets. The best-known example is the cigarette industry’s effort to marginalize the science linking tobacco to deadly diseases like lung cancer. Accounts by historians including “Merchants of Doubt” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway or the just-released “Golden Holocaust” by Robert Proctor show how tobacco companies delayed regulatory action by casting doubt on science.

Wind and ethanol groups lament failure of Stabenow’s tax break plan

Source: Hannah Northey • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Renewable energy supporters said the Senate’s rejection yesterday of a Democratic proposal to extend a host of expiring tax breaks for the wind, solar and bioenergy industries reflects the new “buzz saw partisan politics” currently looming over Congress.

Mabus defends biofuels during hearing on Navy ship

CBS Money Watch • Posted: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus defended the service’s investment on biofuels Monday, saying that it is a “false choice” for critics to suggest the Navy should focus on building more ships instead of finding alternative fuels to power them.The Navy, Department of Energy and Agriculture Department are spending $510 million to jump start commercial development of the advanced alternative fuels industry.

Poet breaks ground on cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa

Source: DAVID SHAFFER • Star Tribune • Posted: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

An Iowa ethanol venture has begun building its first commercial-sized plant to make fuel from corn, minus the kernels. Almost all U.S. ethanol is made from corn kernels. To supply the cellulosic ethanol plant, corn farmers in north-central Iowa will make a second harvest of corncobs, leaves and stalks left on fields after the kernel-gathering combines have passed.

Ethanol oversupply impact on Nebraska

Source: Karla James • Nebraska Radio Network • Posted: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Rising fuel prices is causing drivers to put the brakes on unnecessary trips. That is also having an impact on ethanol production in Nebraska.

U.S. ag secretary says ethanol holding gas prices in check

Source: JIM MARTIN • Erie Times-News • Posted: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Vilsack said Tuesday that ethanol and other biofuels are helping to hold prices at the pump in check. “If we did not have a biofuel industry, we would probably be looking at 80 cents to $1.30 higher than today.

An Inconvenient Statement, Retracted

Source: John M. Broder • New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Tuesday walked away from his oft-quoted pre-Cabinet statement that the United States should deliberately raise gasoline prices to discourage consumption.

Wind and ethanol groups lament failure of Stabenow’s tax break plan

Source: Hannah Northy Hannah Northey  • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Renewable energy supporters said the Senate’s rejection yesterday of a Democratic proposal to extend a host of expiring tax breaks for the wind, solar and bioenergy industries reflects the new “buzz saw partisan politics” currently looming over Congress.

Renewable energy supporters said the Senate’s rejection yesterday of a Democratic proposal to extend a host of expiring tax breaks for the wind, solar and bioenergy industries reflects the new “buzz saw partisan politics” currently looming over Congress.

Renewable energy supporters said the Senate’s rejection yesterday of a Democratic proposal to extend a host of expiring tax breaks for the wind, solar and bioenergy industries reflects the new “buzz saw partisan politics” currently looming over Congress.