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NEWS UPDATE April 26, 2012

Coalitions support E85 inclusion in alternative fuel tax credit

Holly Jessen, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 26, 2012

The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition has joined forces with the Coalition for E85, pressing lawmakers to extend the 50-cent per gallon alternative fuel tax credit and make E85 eligible for the tax credit, alongside fuels such as compressed natural gas, propane and hydrogen. [ read more … ]

Report shows dirty air at dangerous levels in Twin Cities

JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune Updated: April 25, 2012  •    •  Posted April 26, 2012

For the first time in nearly two decades, air in the Twin Cities is dirty enough that it might violate federal health standards, the American Lung Association said in an analysis issued Wednesday. That could lead to more health problems for Twin Cities residents and more hospitalizations for heart attacks, asthma and other lung disorders that can be triggered by the higher amounts of microscopic particles such as soot from leaf blowers, generators, diesel trucks, auto shops, light industry and, most of all, cars. [ read more … ]

Convenience stores say RFS-CAFE combo will hurt their bottom line

Jason Plautz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 26, 2012

Convenience-store owners say the combination of federal fuel economy standards and the renewable fuel standard will cause severe harm to the retail market and could force renewable fuels to be too large a share of the market. In a report released today, the National Association of Convenience Stores say the CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards and RFS cannot coexist without addressing concerns in the retail market. The store owners urge Congress to conduct a review of the two regulations to alight their goals while minimizing the impact on the vehicle and motor fuel industries. [ read more … ]

White House Announces Intention to Encourage Biological Manufacturing Methods

ANDREW POLLACK, NEW YORK TIMES  •    •  Posted April 26, 2012

The Obama administration is expected to announce a broad plan on Thursday to foster development of the nation’s “bioeconomy,” including the use of renewable resources and biological manufacturing methods. The National Bioeconomy Blueprint, as the plan is called, discusses a variety of measures and strategies to spur research and development of medical treatments, crops, biofuels and biological manufacturing processes that would replace harsher industrial methods. [ read more … ]

A Battle Over an Engineered Crop

ANDREW POLLACK, NEW YORK TIMES  •    •  Posted April 26, 2012

“The leaves had curled and the plants were kind of twisting rather than growing straight,” Mr. Herr said of the 2009 incident on his vegetable farm in Lowell, Ind. He is convinced the chemical, as well as another herbicide called dicamba, had wafted through the air from farms nearly two miles away. Mr. Herr recalled the incident because he is concerned that the Dow Chemical company is on the verge of winning regulatory approval for corn that is genetically engineered to be immune to 2,4-D, allowing farmers to spray the chemical to kill weeds without harming the corn stalks. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.