Hill ag leaders lay out plan for farm bill after supercommittee failure

Source: Amanda Peterka • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Congress will write the next farm bill at the beginning of next year, building on the proposal by Senate and House agriculture leaders that consolidated conservation and cut energy and biofuels spending, Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced yesterday.

Senate Dems revive Tuesday talks to push energy bills forward in 2012

Source: Elana Schor and Katie Howell • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

A group of Democratic Senate committee leaders who led regular climate bill strategy sessions last Congress have resumed their weekly meetings in an effort to push forward energy legislation next year.

Biofuels win two, lose one.

Source: David R. Baker • San Francisco Chronicle • Posted: Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

For the biofuels industry, the past week has been a case of two steps forward and one step back.

K Street mounts blitz for tax breaks

Source: Anna Palmer • Politico • Posted: Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Unless a set of tax perks, credits and other goodies worth billions to industry gets slipped into a bill this month, they’ll expire — and lobbyists for a variety of interests are working hard to keep them alive.

Group urges Senate leaders to ignore letter requesting RFS hearing

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

In a letter to Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and ranking member James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the Renewable Fuels Association says the groups “grossly misrepresented and distorted” a pair of studies and misled the legislators in an attempt to get an RFS hearing.

Carbon Emissions Show Biggest Jump Ever Recorded

Source: JUSTIN GILLIS • New York Times • Posted: Monday, December 5th, 2011

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning jumped by the largest amount on record last year, upending the notion that the brief decline during the recession might persist through the recovery.

Taking the Fuel Out of Biofuels

Source: BEN LEFEBVRE • Wall Street Journal • Posted: Monday, December 5th, 2011

Unable to compete with petroleum products, biofuel companies have found replacement products to sell

Georgia Ethanol Plant Given Guarantee Under Bush Fails as U.S. Pulls Plug

Source: Mario Parker • Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, December 5th, 2011

Range Fuels Inc., a cellulosic ethanol company backed by as much as $156 million in U.S. aid from President George W. Bush’s administration, is being forced by the government to liquidate its only factory after failing to produce the fuel and defaulting on a loan.

Perry airing new ad on energy policy in Iowa

Source: Jennifer Yachnin • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) launched a new campaign ad today vowing to reduce American imports of foreign oil while increasing domestic production.

Why no progress this year, despite committee success?

Source: Katie Howell • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The full chamber has not debated a single measure reported out of the committee, and prospects don’t look likely for energy action as the year winds down and Congress moves ever closer to the 2012 election.