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NEWS UPDATE July 15, 2012

Ethanol 15: The View from the Road

By MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times  •    •  Posted July 15, 2012

How much progress is ethanol making? As I write in The Times, this week a gas station operator in Lawrence, Kan., just west of Kansas City, became the first in the nation to offer e15, the 15 percent ethanol blend that was approved in 2010 for some cars by the Environmental Protection Agency. The fuel is intended to be an alternative to e10, the blend that is now standard around most of the United States. [ read more … ]

Ethanol industry could take a hit

Written by Peter Harriman, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted July 15, 2012

Low oil prices coupled with high corn prices set up a perfect storm for the ethanol industry — a perfectly bad storm. Valero already has cut production at its ethanol plant in Huron and it has idled a plant in Nebraska, according to Lisa Richardson, executive director of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association. [ read more … ]

White House holds ‘pep talk’ on biofuels

By Zack Colman,  •    •  Posted July 15, 2012

Sensing increasing resistance to a Navy biofuels testing program, the White House on Wednesday convened biofuels proponents for a strategy session about the energy source. Ex-military, agriculture, industry and government officials all met in the Roosevelt Room for the talk, retired U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Cheney said Thursday at a Washington, D.C., event hosted by The Truman Project.
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A Republican icon puts his weight behind a tax on CO2 emissions

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 15, 2012

Former Secretary of State George Shultz is preparing to promote a carbon tax, putting him in the company of a small cluster of Republican statesmen who are embracing efforts to reduce greenhouse gases that their party has rejected. Shultz, who spent nearly seven years in President Reagan’s Cabinet, says a carbon tax that returns its revenue to taxpayers and public programs could eventually be accepted by the Republican Party, despite its current hostile outlook on measures that reduce emissions. [ read more … ]

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