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NEWS UPDATE May 10, 2012

South Dakota – Home to Substandard Gas?

Joanna Schroeder,  •    •  Posted May 10, 2012

South Dakota could continue to be the home of substandard gas if refiners have their way. If the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), a national ethanol organization based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has its way, it will not become the dumping grounds for low-octane fuel. Historically the state has allowed 85 octane gasoline for sale in the western part of the state but it has been discovered to be “leaking” into other areas. Ironically after a review of state laws and rules by the SD Weights and Measures it was determined that the sale of this gas is illegal. [ read more … ]

Speculation rampant on second-term Obama Cabinet, but he may choose stability

Elana Schor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 10, 2012

If history is any guide, President Obama’s Cabinet is in line to lose at least one of its top energy and environmental members should he win a second term this fall. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers spar over renewable fuel standard

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 10, 2012

Reps. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) yesterday defended the federal renewable fuel standard, circulating a letter that rebuts several claims made by four of their colleagues. In their “dear colleague” letter, the two corn-state lawmakers argued that the RFS was providing “tangible benefits.” They included a nine-page document disputing claims made April 27 by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Pa.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah), John Sullivan (R-Okla.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.). [ read more … ]

Ethanol backers push back against anti-renewables PAC

by Dan Piller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted May 10, 2012

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Wednesday threw up some defense in anticipation of a rally Friday in Des Moines by the pro-fossil fuel Americans for Prosperity (AFP). The executive director of the Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, said AFP should “stop the hypocrisy and to get its facts straight when it comes to ethanol and oil policy.” [ read more … ]

Kerry may soon launch bill produced in weekly talks

Jean Chemnick and Nick Juliano, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted May 10, 2012

One of the chief architects of an ultimately failed attempt to move climate change legislation through the Senate during the last Congress is mulling a less ambitious approach that may have a chance of passing during a lame-duck session.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has met regularly with interested lawmakers most Tuesdays to discuss the next steps for energy policy in a post-cap-and-trade environment, and he said they may be ready to unveil a product of those discussions later this year. [ read more … ]

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