Annual push for tax credit extensions revs up

Source: Katie Howell and John McArdle • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

As both chambers of Congress are gearing up to move a flurry of spending and tax measures before the year ends, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are beefing up their annual calls to extend a suite of alternative energy tax credits.

After record year, biodiesel industry rallying support for tax credit extension

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

With production on pace for a record year, the biodiesel industry is urging legislators to extend a tax incentive set to expire at the end of the year, saying an expiration would set the industry back significantly.

How will U.S. meet its emissions targets? World wonders

Source: Jean Chemnick and Lisa Friedman • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

One of the top U.S. goals in international climate discussions has been to make sure that other countries do what they say they are going to do — whether that means to reduce emissions, protect forests or spend money the way it is supposed to be spent.

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